Silvia Fiore


Bio: Silvia Fiore, Communications Officer, GEANT, Netherlands

Silvia works as a Communication Officer at the pan-European network GÉANT and coordinates the marketing and communications activities of the EU co-funded AfricaConnect3 project. She is always on the lookout for success stories that showcase the impact of digital transformation for the development of our societies. She is committed to supporting NRENs and their member Institutions to amplify their voices and share with the world their impact and contribution to a more sustainable community.

Abstract: "Arab NRENs and their role towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals"

What are the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how are they relevant to the Arab research and education (R&E) community? Why should Arab National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) consider their contribution to these Goals when making a case for their raison d'être? 

The SDGs have become a benchmark to strive towards a better world. Therefore, showcasing that NRENs carry out SDG-tailored activities is key to persuading policy and decision makers of their inherent value to support them in terms of funding and resourcing. 
NRENs directly support a number of SDGs and, through providing connectivity and dedicated services, also have an indirect impact – the so-called “multiplier” effect – on several other Goals. This paper aims to detail their contributions and highlight their key role as active participants in the achievement of the SDGs.