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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, September 30 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
(REF PC30) People Centered Internet and the SDGs

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1800   OPEN Mei Lin Fung, Chair, People Centered Internet, cofounded with Vint Cerf
1805 Opening Keynote: Re-Imagining Science (slides) – Kennan Salinero,
1815 Fireside Chat – Riccardo Bassiri Senior Research Scientist, Stanford, John Wharton PCI Fellow, former head of US Army Science and Technology Research
1835 Envisioning Digital Colombia – Diego Molano Vega, former Minister for ICT, Colombia
1845 Measuring Impact and the SDG’s – role for Blockchain – Kartik Kulkarni, past Chair IEEE.org Humanitarian Activities Committee - Article
1855 The UN SDG' and the 17 Rooms  (slides) – Jacob Taylor, Brookings Institute
1905 Internet and Social Justice - Joy Malala
1915 Internet Governance & Youth - Anna Krupnik -Youth IGF
1925 Cool Abilities (slides)  – Cyndi Coon Applied Futures Lab, Arizona State University
1935 Roundtable – What are the underlying issues we all are tackling? .How can we work together?
Jeannette Stewart - Translation Commons will make brief opening remarks and she will be joined by Jeannette Stewart, Kennan Salinero, Riccardo Bassiri, Jacob Taylor, Anna Krupnik, Cyndi Coon
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The UN SDG's and how a People-Centered Internet can help them be achieved by 2030

Increasingly the realization is dawning that digital technology is not serving us well, when designed without regard to impact on people and planet. The concept of a People Centered Digital Future can come to the front and center of our collective effort to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Families, neighbourhoods, our homes and our communities are central to our dignity and well being as human beings throughout our lives, from cradle to grave. The UN Digital Cooperation Roadmap calls for us to Connect, Protect and Respect. And yes, it's going to be much harder to achieve the 2030 SDGs if we put on these essential constraints. The question of who is doing the designing can no longer be separated from our understanding of who is going to use the systems, tools and services, and whether digital helps us positively to flourish and thrive or negatively put us at risk and be depressed. "Not about Us Without Us" applies to women, youth, people with disabilities, the vulnerable, the overlooked and we must not forget the people who do not speak English, whose connections are non existent or intermittent due to lack of electricity, or suffer from hunger or thirst, or lack of a place to call home.

Just as Science Labs brought science to the mainstream of society, and science labs in education increased scientific literacy. Community Living Learning Labs can now be used to design digital innovations that are fit for purpose and everyday use in the living rooms, workplaces, agricultural fields, retail floors and factory floors. Community Digital labs in educational institutions will bring digital literacy accessible to all, in a return of the one-room schoolhouse where the advanced learners teach the newcomers. The challenge we face is how can all countries and communities turn on headlights to see the road ahead, instead of driving forward, looking only in the rear view mirror. The volatility, uncertainty of the newly globally connected world means the road ahead is no longer straightforward and increasingly challenging as digitization accelerates in all spheres of life, around the planet.

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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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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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Kartik Kulkarni

Manager Special Projects, Database Engine, Oracle Corporation
Senior Member and immediate past chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, Kartik Kulkarni is the manager of special projects with the Database Engine Team at Oracle Corporation, Redwood City, CA, USA. He received the 2021 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional... Read More →
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Riccardo Bassiri

Senior Research Scientist, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford University
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Kennan Salinero, PhD

Executive Director, ReImagine Science
Kennan Kellaris Salinero, Ph.D. is principal founder of ReImagine Science, a non-profit based in Washington DC that actively explores the question of ‘what sort of scientist is needed for the science of tomorrow?’ ReImagine Science was created in 2008 to facilitate change for... Read More →
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Anna Krupnik

People Centered Internet Envoy, Youth Internet Governance Forum
Anna is a youth activist at Youth IGF, where she works on youth engagement in Internet Governance and the promotion of digital skills for the young. She is assisting with the organization of debates and talks, as well as capacity-building and awareness-raising sessions related to... 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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Jacob Taylor

Senior Project Manager - 17 Rooms initiative, Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings
Jacob is the Senior Project Manager of 17 Rooms - an experimental method for advancing the economic, social, and environmental priorities embedded in the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Jacob leads the "17 Rooms-X" initiative and is responsible for codification of... Read More →
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John Wharton

Senior Fellow, People Centered Internet
Major General John Wharton U.S. Army (Ret) has served the Nation for more than three decades and has extensive experience in leadership, technology, acquisition, and logistics. He is currently a public and private sector advisor to numerous industries, universities, and governments... 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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Diego Molano Vega

Senior Advisor, Former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Colombia
Diego Molano Vega is the former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia (2010-2015). Molano created the "Plan Vive Digital", a national technology plan that transformed the Country and led Colombia to obtain in 2012 the GSMA Government Leadership Award... Read More →

Thursday September 30, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CEST