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Welcome to the Science Summit at UNGA76, a major contribution to advancing Science for the UN SDGs. Online from 14- September - 5 October 2021.
ISC will organise the second edition of the UNGA76 Science Summit around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA76) in September 2021. The objective of the virtual meeting will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in science infrastructure and capacity building. Science is and will enable sustainable economic, environmental, and societal development. Science is more than a funding prioritisation exercise: science is impacting all areas of policy-making and is playing a more critical role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere, including responses to global challenges.
Engagement with policy leadership is more important than ever: UNGA76 is a unique forum for science to demonstrate how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation. Central to this is the role of nonstate actors and the multilateral fora, which increasingly determine how priorities are set. Science needs to be part of this dialogue and inform outputs through thought leadership, evidence, insights, analysis, and innovation.

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Ayalew Kassahun

Wageningen University
Assistant professor
Dr. ir. A (Ayalew) Kassahun is an Assistant professor at the Information Technology group of Wageningen University. He has done extensive research on information systems in the agriculture and food (agri-food) supply chains. His research areas include farm and agri-business management information systems, information system architecture, transparency and traceability systems, business process management, circular economy, sustainable & equitable value chains, machine learning and AI in agriculture, and blockchain technology for agriculture. He did his Ph.D. on Knowledge Systems, primarily focusing on the alignment of business processes and IT in complex agri-food supply chains. He has been involved in major EU-funded research and innovation projects, including SmartAgriFood, Future Internet Space, and Internet of Farm and Food. He teaches data, IT, and supply chain related courses and has supervised several students on various agri-food research topics. His research papers can be found at https://research.wur.nl/en/persons/ayalew-kassahun and Google Scholar.