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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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Charles Takalana

African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Head of Secretariat (AfAS) & Co-Chair: IAU-GA2024 National Organising Committee
Cape Town, South Africa
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his PhD in physics, focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) as the Head of Secretariat. He supports the AfAS Executive Committee, Committees, and Working Group, manages the AfAS secretariat, and coordinates all AfAS projects to ensure that they achieve their objectives within the timelines and funding provided. He currently serves as a Co-chair of the National Organising Committee (NOC) of the IAU General Assembly, taking place in Cape Town in August 2024. Before his current employment at AfAS, he was an Astronomy Policy Researcher at the South African Radio Astronomy observatory based at the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Charles’ work at the DSI involved supporting the implementation of the South African Multi-wavelength Astronomy strategy and the development of a vibrant astronomy community with the technical capacity to ensure the implementation of various astronomy projects. Before joining the DSI, Charles was a Consultant Analyst at CorpActive, providing professional management consulting analytics services. Charles is also involved in various outreach projects and is passionate about sharing astronomy with young people.