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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 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
(REF SY28) A Systems approach to Innovation for Agrifood and Life Sciences

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The session will examine how a systems approach will be necessary to ensure the transition and translation of research into tangible innovation outcomes to address grand challenges. Innovation has many dimensions and has many different policy expressions. The session will look at a more robust integration between SDG objectives and how to realise change efficiently, particularly between developing nations and developed nation actors and stakeholders willing to be part of the transition. Policies and regulations need to enable the political narratives that are the SDGs., To ensure people’s lives are improved wherever possible.

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Bernd Halling

International Policy, Bayer AG
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Marleen Temmerman

Professor, The Aga Khan University, Kenya
Prof dr Marleen Temmerman, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCOG, FAAS, MBS, AAS, AAAS, NAM, leads the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. Prior she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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Karina Angelieva

Adviser, Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. In her current position as an Adviser to the Interim Government, she is covering a large portfolio, including European and national policies and programmes in R&I, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus... Read More →
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Intisar Soghayroun

Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum 1991-2022, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. My particular interest in my field includeTheoretical archaeology, Medieval civilization, heritage management... Read More →
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Philippe Petithuguenin

With initial training in System Agronomy, Philippe Petithuguenin has been working in the field of agricultural research for development, at the level of projects, programmes and public policies for 30 years, including 20 years spent on long-term assignments outside France, mainly... Read More →
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Paul Ruebig

Governing Board member, European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT
Paul Rübig (born 6 May 1953 in Wels) is an Austrian politician and was Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party. He became a Member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2019 he left European... Read More →
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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →

Tuesday September 28, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm CEST