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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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Lesley Hymers

Mining Matters
Manager, Education and Outreach Programs
Toronto, Canada
Lesley Hymers is an established Earth Sciences and mineral resources specialist with professional experience in the Natural Resources Sector, and in Higher and Informal Education. She has worked as a practitioner, in industrial minerals, in the stone, sand and gravel industry; in Government Relations, as a Policy Analyst and Environment and Education Committee lead with the professional association that represents the mining sector, in Ontario; in post-secondary education in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Development, Course Design and as a Sessional Lecturer; and in Informal Education, providing Earth Science and mineral resources education to students and the public and professional learning programs to Educators.  

Lesley regularly engages in professional learning that focuses on Earth Science, Educational Theory and Practice, Indigenous Studies, and Science Communication.

Lesley serves as a Director for the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) and is a past Director the CLRA National Chapter (2012 -2021). The Ontario CLRA Chapter hosts the annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip and co-hosts the Sudbury Mining and Environment Conference, held every four years.

Lesley is an active member of national Earth Science Education and Outreach community. She is a member of the EdGEO Regional Committee and of the Executive of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network (CGEN). From 2015-2019 she served as CGEN President and as the Outreach Director for the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences. She is currently serving a term as the EdGEO National Committee Chair.

Lesley is a former member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council (2010-2016).

Lesley has Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Earth Sciences, from the University of Guelph.