This global initiative highlights the central role played by the basic sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology – in advancing many sectors, from medicine and industry to agriculture and energy planning.
These sciences are driving technological innovations, expanding access to information, improving societal well-being and promoting international collaboration aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Impressively, approximately 74 SA IYBSSD events/activities/initiatives have been included in the UN IYBSSD calendar, and 124 South African organizations, including 79 schools, have officially expressed their support for this initiative. At a meeting of the UN IYBSSD Steering Committee/Advisory Council, South Africa received an accolade for being one of the most active UN Member States in its commitment to IYBSSD.
ASSAf is convinced that it has successfully fulfilled its mandate of raising awareness and mobilizing the South African community. Furthermore, this initiative has expanded the reach and influence of the DSI, NRF and ASSAf, strengthening their footprint in the scientific community and beyond.