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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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Dr. Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
ASISTANT PROFESSOR

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Dr. Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad is a Post-PhD innovation researcher at the School of Management, Zhejiang University, China. He holds M.Phil and PhD from the Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a co-editor of the book titled ‘Informal Sector Innovations: Insights from Global South’, (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2015). His major research interests include non-formal frugal grassroots innovations, informal economy, and development. He is also interested in the economic history of innovations and is currently engaged in exploring the dynamics of 'secondary innovations' and ‘frugal digital innovations’ in China with Prof. Xiaobo Wu. Journals such as Oxford Development Studies, International Planning and Development Review, and Journal of Rural Studies have published some of his recent papers. He also contributed to the Handbook on Alternative Theories of Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2021) and the upcoming Handbook on Frugal Innovations (Edward Elgar, 2022). He is currently co-editing a special issue on ‘Rethinking Innovation and Development Discourses in Light of COVID-19’ for Science Technology and Society, Journal.