Plenary Speaker Ms. Zelmira May, National Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Montevideo gave a presentation titled “STI for development: How to meet the goals of Agenda 2030.” She highlighted some of the challenges faced by girls and women that compromise their education opportunities. She pointed to the longstanding concern of the low rate of female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and consequently STEM careers – ‘jobs of the future.’ Ms. May said that in this sense, UNESCO is focused on supporting countries in leveraging digital technologies to ensure that a lack of skills do not prevent countries advancing toward digital transformation.

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