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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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Thursday, October 14 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
(REF DF30) Roundtable discussion on how Development Finance can support the SDGs, with particular focus on Hi-Tech Skills including leveraging funding instruments at a global level.,

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(REF DF28)Roundtable discussion on how Development Finance can support the SDGs, with particular focus on Hi-Tech Skills including leveraging funding instruments at a global level.,

15h00 Declan Kirrane, Welcome Remarks
Dr Rita Lawlor Biobank Director, ARC-Net and University of Verona, Moderator
15h05 Ms Eva Kaili MEP, European Parliament, Keynote Remarks
15h15 Prof Ian Jones, Innopharma Education
15h25 Prof Kurt Zatloukal Medical University Graz
15h35 Discussants:
          Mr Barry Palte CEO, EQ Capital Partners
          Dr Fuad Mrad Director, United Nations Economic and Social Commission
          Dr Alex Cahana Partner, BTBlock, Advisor, IMF Advisor
          Ms Nicole Patrice Tesla Skills Fund for Africa
          Ms Selam Ayele Kebede Antler
          Mr Oliver Blantern Impact Rooms 
          Prof Mammo Muchie Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, the Tshwane University               of Technology
          Dr Samuel Adunreke Innovea Hubs Board Chair, Innovea Development Foundation
16h05 Minerva Novero Policy Specialist, Digital Transformation, Skills, Governance, Smart Cities United Nations Development Programme (invited)
16h20 Recommendations
16h30 Conclusion

This Session will explore the link between development financing and a global approach for a skills agenda, using the European union approach as a basis.
The commitment to addressing the Covid pandemic by development banks and many multilateral fora is extensive. It can be informed by a more comprehensive engagement with the science and medical research community. Digital tools for steering financing and directing funding to better effect and accelerating results towards achieving the UN SDG’s can significantly enhance policy development and operational oversight. Skills are and will be central to achieving this global agenda.
The Session will examine how:
Linking development finance to science and research can improve both;
To maintain policies, legal frameworks, regulations and programmes which promote multi-disciplinary cross-sector research collaboration for achieving the UN SDG’s – among scientists, research institutions and innovative businesses;
Support global coordination and delivering a global skills agenda
Development finance using digital finance tracking innovations can improve science programmes funded by nations, science funding bodies and others;
Improving development finance funding mechanisms are defined for international comparison and learning can increase synergy and generate re-usable scientific knowledge from the global initiatives for science;
Development finance can support capacity building for scientific research addressing COVID 19 and other diseases in areas including clinical trials, biobanking, other medical sciences, agri-food, and environment, amongst others;
Supporting blockchain, AI, and federated learning can enable data analytics and evidence-based response to pandemics and pandemic preparedness and the required skills;
Input on science and innovation for policymakers at regional, national and multistakeholder levels can increase global scientific impact in achieving the UN SDGs;

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Selam Ayele Kebede

Director, Antler
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Oliver Blantern

Founder & CEO, Impact Rooms
Oliver is an entrepreneur, investment advisor and start-up advisor, dedicated to unlocking Africa’s potential through technology. Based in London, Oliver is the Founder and CEO of Impact Rooms, a global investment enablement platform for Africa’s tech and impact ecosystem. Prior... Read More →
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Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net, University of Verona
Rita T. Lawlor is associate professor in the Department of Diagnostics and Public Health and a fellow of Information Privacy from IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). Rita is originally a Computer Science graduate with a doctorate in translational biomedical... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

Rated Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology
Mammo Muchie received his primary and secondary education at St. John Elementary School and Fassildes High School [Gondar] respectively. Mammo topped the World Youth Forum Competition and was invited to USA in 1968 for pursuing high school education. Subsequently, he studied at DWhite... Read More →
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Minerva Novero

Policy Specialist (Thematic Focus: Governance, Cities and Digital Transformation), UNDP
Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Her thematic focus is on the nexus of governance, cities... Read More →
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Ian Jones

CEO and President, InnoGlobal
Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones is the CEO and President of Innopharma Group – an Education and Technology Institute. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly Digital, (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where... Read More →
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Zatloukal, Kurt

Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine, Director of BBMRI.at, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Alex Cahana

Partner, BTBlock
With 27 years clinical practice, 17 years in digital health and 7 years in distributed ledger technology, I am currently a UN/CEFACT expert for blockchain and health, advisor to AfyfaRekod and board member for AdaLabs and the AI Center of Excellence in Africa.As an industry leader... Read More →
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Barry Palte

CEO, EQ Capital Partners
Barry Palte is a global investment expert with a primary focus on sustainable investing and achieving positive social and private investment outcomes through his private investment platform.Barry served as Global Chairman of the International Association of Investment Bankers... Read More →
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Fuad Mrad

Senior Programme Manager, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Fouad Mrad has been with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in Beirut since January 2010. He was the founding Executive Director of ESCWA regional Technology Centre (ETC) in Jordan (2011 -2017). He is leading efforts to pilot AI and Big Data... Read More →

Thursday October 14, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST