Space technology critical to SDG success in Africa: Kenyan scientist

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Joseph Olwendo, lecturer at Pwani University in Kenya. Photo: UN News/Runa A.

Although space-based applications are helping African countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), access remains in the "infancy" stage, according to a scientist from Kenya.

Joseph Olwendo is a lecturer at Pwani University who is researching the impact of "space weather" on satellites and other technology.

He attended a recent forum in Dubai looking at how the global space sector worldwide can support efforts to end extreme hunger and address climate change: just two of the 17 SDGs.

Dianne Penn caught up with Mr. Olwendo at the event, which was jointly organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates.

Duration: 3'20"

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