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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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Tuesday, September 21 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
(REF FF21) Future Frontiers of the Global Economy and Society: the Role of Science and Collaborative Research

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  • 1700 Welcome and Introduction to the topic – Mei Lin
  • 1705 The Role of Language on the Frontier – Jeannette Stewart
  • 1720 The Role of Professional Organizations like the IEEE – Sampath Veeraraghaven
  • 1730  Fireside Chat – Case Study Kenya
    • Joy Malala,  Mobile Payments
    • Brian Omwenga, THINK and the role of government, academia
  • 1800 Panel on Science and Collaborative Research in the Future – the role of People
    • Jeannette Stewart
    • Sampath Veeraraghaven
    • Brian Omwenga
  • 1845 Participant Q&A
  • 1900 Close


Future frontiers of the global economy and society - from cyberspace to outer space - will determine the future prosperity and wellbeing of people all over the world in the decades ahead. As we are witnessing an increasing divergence of models, this transformation raises important questions about the interaction between economic opportunity, security, ethics, and human rights, and the balance between the role of the state, businesses and individuals.

The Shared Agenda for Global Action to Build Back Better following the G7 Summit agreed on a shared G7 agenda for global action to:

● End the pandemic and prepare for the future by driving an intensified international effort, starting immediately, to vaccinate the world by getting as many safe vaccines to as many people as possible as fast as possible. Total G7 commitments since the start of the pandemic provide for a total of over two billion vaccine doses, with the commitments since we last met in February 2021, including here in Carbis Bay, providing for one billion doses over the next year. At the same time, we will create the appropriate frameworks to strengthen our collective defences against threats to global health by increasing and coordinating on global manufacturing capacity on all continents; improving early warning systems; and support science in a mission to shorten the cycle for the development of safe and effective vaccines, treatments and tests from 300 to 100 days.

● Reinvigorate our economies by advancing recovery plans that build on the $12 trillion of support we have put in place during the pandemic. We will continue to support our economies for as long as is necessary, shifting the focus of our support from crisis response to promoting growth into the future, with plans that create jobs, invest in infrastructure, drive innovation, support people, and level up so that no place or person, irrespective of age, ethnicity or gender is left behind. This has not been the case with past global crises, and we are determined that this time it will be different.
● Secure our future prosperity by championing freer, fairer trade within a reformed trading system, a more resilient global economy, and a fairer global tax system that reverses the race to the bottom. We will collaborate to ensure future frontiers of the global economy and society, from cyberspace to outer space, increase the prosperity and wellbeing of all people while upholding our values as open societies. We are convinced of the potential of technological transformation for the common good in accordance with our shared values.
● Protect our planet by supporting a green revolution that creates jobs, cuts emissions and seeks to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees. We commit to net-zero no later than 2050, halving our collective emissions over the two decades to 2030, increasing and improving climate finance to 2025; and conserving or protect at least 30 per cent of our 1 land and oceans by 2030. We acknowledge our duty to safeguard the planet for future generations.

● Strengthen our partnerships with others around the world. We will develop a new partnership to build back better for the world, through a step-change in our approach to investment for infrastructure, including through an initiative for clean and green growth. We are resolved to deepen our current partnership to a new deal with Africa, including by magnifying support from the International Monetary Fund for countries most in need to support our aim to reach a total global ambition of $100 billion.

● Embrace our values as an enduring foundation for success in an ever-changing world. We will harness the power of democracy, freedom, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights to answer the biggest questions and overcome the greatest challenges. We will do this in a way that values the individual and promotes equality, especially gender equality, including by supporting a target to get 40 million more girls into education and with at least $2¾ billion for the Global Partnership for Education. We shall seek to advance this open agenda in collaboration with other countries and within the multilateral rules-based system. In particular, we look forward to working alongside our G20 partners and with all relevant International Organisations to secure a cleaner, greener, freer, fairer and safer future for our people and planet.

From the F7 June 2021 Final Communique


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Brian Omwenga

Team Lead, Tech Innovators Network
With over 15 years working experience in the local and global ICT sector, Brian is a software and systems engineer with large-scale digital transformation expertise. He has reviewed and formulated technology policy curricula for universities and leaders in the ICT sector both in Kenya... Read More →
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Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan

Global Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, President, Brahmam Innovations
Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a globally renowned technologist best known for his technological innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges.  He is a seasoned technology and business leader with over 17 years of experience in the Top 500 Fortune... Read More →
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Joy Malala

Lecturer, Aston University , Birmingham UK
Dr Joy Malala is a Lecturer at Aston University Law School. She has a special interest in researching financial regulation and supervision, the legal accountability of regulators, corporate governance, as well as the regulation of financial innovation and technology.  She particularly... Read More →
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Jeannette Stewart

Founder, Translation Commons
As a strategic leader Jeannette has helped mainstream brands achieve global growth and transformation. As an advocate and volunteer, she founded Translation Commons, an online volunteer nonprofit community, offering free tools and resources, helping graduates acquire working experience... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Chair, 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 cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CEST