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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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Wednesday, September 29 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
(REF SH23) Roundtable with the High Representative of the Coalition for the Sahel, Dr Djimé Adoum, High Representative, Coalition for the Sahel.

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"The real Southern Frontier of Europe," as EU Special Representative for the Sahel Emanuela del Re describes the region, is central to the transit of goods and people between the continents. The Sahel is home to some of the world's least developed and youngest nations with 50% of its inhabitants less than 15 years of age.

Often cited as the region with significant concurrent development challenges, countries in the region often experience fragile governance (Mali, Chad and Sudan each have transitional governments) which results in limited delivery of public services from education and healthcare, to peace and security. “The Sahel is a microcosm of cascading global risks converging in one region," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said.

Climate change adds a new dimension to challenges in the Sahel, sending semi-nomadic livestock herding and farming practices to the brink and forcing communities to overuse the resources of their land. COVID-19 has further exacerbated these vulnerabilities, adding pressure to the economic and health challenges, while pushing an additional six million people into extreme poverty.

Since 2014, the countries of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad have joined forces under the "G5 Sahel" umbrella, and the Sahel Coalition was launched in 2020 to coordinate regional responses to the intersecting security and development challenges, which combine to make the Sahel a unique opportunity to achieve significant progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

This session will explore:
  • Poliy responses by individual member states and regional bodies
  • Opportunities for increased international support and funding priorities
  • Roadmaps toward stronger, more ambitious partnerships with the Sahel
  • Priority areas of cooperation, research and development partnerships
  • Climate change and its impact on security in the sub-region
  • Short and medium-term economic growth and job creation opportunities
  • Boosting regional economic integration through innovative financing mechanisms

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Djime Adoum

Director General, Sahel Coalition
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Worms, Patrick

Senior Science Policy Advisor, ICRAF
Patrick Worms, a Cambridge-educated molecular geneticist, represents CIFOR-ICRAF, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, to policy makers, donors and corporate partners in Europe and beyond.Patrick’s interests sit at the nexus of land restoration... Read More →
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Ciara Leonard

Research and Innovation, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Ciara Leonard is Public Affairs Manager, Research and Innovation at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland where she supports national, EU and international policy initiatives and engages with key stakeholders. Previously she worked in various innovation and technology commercialisation roles... Read More →
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Nacro Hassan Bismarck

Enseignant-Chercheur à l’Institut du Développement Rural (Université Nazi Boni, ex Université Polytechnique de Bobo) (depuis le 26 février 1997 ; • Enseignements assurés en tant que Vacataire dans les établissements suivants: Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (Niger... Read More →
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Declan Kiranne

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
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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Harun Cicek

Senior Scientist, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Brian McCollow

Chair, US-Chad Investment Council
Brian McCollow helps leaders navigate complex commercial and diplomatic affairs by providing sustained high profile strategic support and deal pursuit through the global advisory firm InfinitySquared. Through his work advising senior business executives, investors, diplomats, and... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CEST