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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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Nikita Lad

George Mason University
PhD student
Nikita Lad is a Ph.D. student at George Mason University. She has research interests in sustainability science, social equity, program evaluation, science policy, and diplomacy. She is currently studying ways to assess sustainability in higher education and the challenges faced by universities to promote sustainability literacy on campus. She is working on developing a sustainability assessment tool that would aid in understanding the efficiency of the various university-wide sustainability initiatives. Nikita has a keen interest in evidence-based policymaking and hopes that her research will aid policymakers to make laws that encourage sustainability literacy and culture within higher education. To that end, she was Virginia state's science policy fellow placed at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is the Founder and President of the Science Policy Network at Mason. She has also participated in various other NSPN activities such as the SciDEAL program, SciPol Scholars-in-Residence Bootcamp, and JSPG policy memo writing competitions. Outside of her graduate studies, Nikita loves traveling and cooking with her husband.