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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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Kazuto Kato

Kazuto Kato, PhD, is a professor of biomedical ethics and public policy at the Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University. Dr Kato has a PhD degree in developmental biology from Kyoto University. After finishing postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge with Sir John Gurdon, he started to work on ethical and social issues related to life sciences.

Dr Kato is currently specializing in biomedical ethics, research governance and patient engagement in medical research. Dr Kato has served as a member of various international projects and academic societies to include the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization (currently, Committee on Ethics, Law, and Society); the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium; the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research; and the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

In 2010, he was appointed a member of the Expert Panel on Bioethics of the Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation in Japan’s Cabinet Office. The panel has been working on the ethical and social issues of human genome editing technology since 2015. He also served as a member of the Organizing Committee of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in November 2018 in Hong Kong.