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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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Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

South African Government
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Her Excellency Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor has been South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation since 2019. She was trained as a teacher and taught at several schools and universities. She served as Minister of Education from 2004 – 2009 and Minister of Science and Technology from 2009 - 2019. She has been an inspirational and charismatic ambassador of science for education and development, particularly in the field of astronomy. She is Honorary Professor of Astronomy for Development at Leiden University and has received several awards for her accomplishments including the Grand Cross of Merit by the German government, the Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and honorary doctorates from Stellenbosch University, Nova University Lisbon and University College Dublin.