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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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Friday, September 17 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
(REF S517) SDG 5: Gender Equality. Women in Science and Women in Science Policy Making will help achieve the SDGs

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1800 Welcome – Mei Lin Fung

1805 Fireside Chat on Women and Reproduction Africa Zanella with Mei Lin Fung

1815 Panel on Policy Recommendations for Gender Equality
-- Frauke Alves
--Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro
- Margaret Jesang Hutchinson
-- Nabla Kennedy

1835 UN-WSIS initiative on Gender Mainstreaming – Gitanjali Sah

1845 Women and Science Policy, Perspective from Africa – Lucienne Abrahams

1855 Future Forecasting Gender Equality - Cyndi Coon, Threatcasting/FutureCasting Lab, Arizona State University

1905 Vision for African Network for Women in Astronomy – Priscilla Mukehi

1915 Challenges and Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing - Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, UNIDO

1925 Carla Sharp – Mega Science and the Contribution of Women to Science Policy

1940 Discussion and Participant input on Policy Recommendations

1950 Speakers closing statements on Gender Equality

2000 Close

SDG 5 Gender Equality
The SDG 5 is a universal and urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. The goal, being adopted in 2015 is a follow-up of the partially achieved millennium goals.
Among others, this goal includes the eradication of all forms of discrimination towards girls and women, the end of violence towards girls and women, the elimination of all harmful practices such as genital mutilation and early and forced marriages, the recognition and valuation of unpaid domestic work, equal access to leadership positions, and universal access to sexual and reproductive health. The creativity, know-how, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDG 5 in every context.

Women in Science must cross the chasm in the ScienceDigital Divide so that Scientific Research and Digital Innovations address the problems of most concern to us as humans: How can our children grow up safely? Can future generations be able to depend on our small blue marble planet as we have? How can people thrive and flourish by removing obstacles to economic and social opportunity? Leadership is needed and women everywhere are stepping up. Now we have to join forces to support each other's efforts. What are the policy instruments and decisions that will allow the world to harness the unstoppable energy and power of women?

This session will focus on the importance of co-designing science and innovation policies taking into account gender and diversity, in all of its aspects. It will highlight why we shall prioritize and support the engagement of women scientists in different associations, forums, their involvement in the whole co-designing policies process, and how that will improve science and technology developments for the benefit of our all society.

The session will stress the urgency of having clear policies focused on the improvement of the large gender gap in science that we are facing worldwide, and a need to bring clear measurements for improving the status of women and girls in science. Several initiatives and examples will be presented, including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, the South African case study on women's contribution to science policy, and the African Network of Women in Astronomy (AfNWA-AfAS). Finally, a list of recommendations will be given to help in co-designing science policies in the future to empower women and girls in science and help to achieve sustainable development goals.

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Priscilla Muheki

Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
I am so enthusiastic about seeing the number of girls in STEM fields increase and so I am involved in several collaborations to reach as many girls in both high school and at the university. Girls can be what they want to be and so need to be empowered to realise their dreams despite... Read More →
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Cyndi Coon

Experiential Futurist, Applied Futures Lab
Cyndi Coon is a time traveler and rule-bender, nerding out for good using data and science. She is an author, creative, ecosystem builder, facilitator, narrative builder, producer, and an applied futurist for higher education, industry, governments, the military and NGOs.  She is... Read More →
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation in the SKA, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is a radio astronomer focused on the multifrequency analysis of the evolution of galaxies and their environments, with special emphasis in the study of atomic gas (HI). Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

CEO, People Centered Internet
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and co-founder with Vint Cerf of the People-centred Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level. At present... Read More →
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Africa G. Zanella

Director, Centre for sustainability and gender economics
(M.Comm & AEE).President and Senior International AdvisorMobile: +34 686296888 SpainMobile : + 61 (0) 468749371 Australiaemail:africa.zanella@csge.euPresident and founder of the Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics , a social scientist ,who has devoted much time and effort... Read More →
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Frauke Alves

Research Leader, Max-Planck-Institute of Experimenetal Medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Frauke Alves is the head of the interdisciplinary group "Translational Molecular Imaging" located at the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine as well as at the UMG, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.The focus of the AG Alves is the application of non-invasive and high-resolution imaging techniques in combination with molecular probes to better understand the development... Read More →
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Lucienne Abrahams

Head of Centre, LINK Centre, Wits University
Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centred digital transformation. Studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs and op... Read More →
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Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →
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Nabla Kennedy

Lecturer, WIT
Dr Kennedy obtained her PhD in Microbial Ecology from University College Dublin in 2004. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Canada (2005-2010) in the area of soil microbiology. From 2011-2012 she was an Irish Research Council... Read More →

Cecilia Ugaz Estrada

Director Gender Office, UNIDO
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Margaret Jesang Hutchinson

AVC Research, Innovation and Enterprise, University of Nairobi
Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Friday September 17, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CEST