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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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John Wharton

People Centered Internet
Senior Fellow
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. His focus is on technology acceleration in support of national priorities. John serves as Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Senior Fellow for Digital Inclusion at the People Centered Internet.
In his last military assignment, General Wharton served as Commanding General of the United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) now Combat Capabilities Development Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. There he led 13,800 scientists, engineers, and support personnel at more than 100 global locations controlling 75% of the Army’s R&D budget. While there, he won and led 5 of the 7 President of the United States (POTUS) National Manufacturing Innovative Institutes, a program to stimulate the nation’s economy by rapid technology development and transfer. He also ran the Science, Technology, Education Mathematics (STEM), Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP), the Army's Historically Black Colleges and University, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the Army.

He remains very active in national programs and smart technologies across all sectors to include infrastructure, energy, and broadband. Internationally, he advises and develops strategies for countries to position them and assure their economic stability and future. He is widely known in the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and the United Nations for his work in technology solutions in support of humanitarian assistance and future sustainable development goals. He is Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities at George Mason University and on the Flag Officer Advisory Council and Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab at Arizona State University. General Wharton has a degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College at Newport, RI.