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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.

Registration is available here.
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Luc Janssens de Bisthoven

Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Program coordinator of CEBioS
Luc is a biologist, PhD (KU Leuven, Belgium), specialised in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology, biomonitoring with macro-invertebrates and wetlands. He did several post-docs in Sweden, South Africa and Portugal, two years teaching at Kenyatta University in Kenya, and 10 years consultancy bureau in Germany.

He then became a development practitioner at the Flemish Inter-University Council for Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS, Brussels), where he facilitated university projects for Suriname, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Since 2013 he is the coordinator of the CEBioS program at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.

CEBioS supports policy and capacity building on biodiversity in Benin, Burundi, DR Congo, Vietnam and several Sahel countries. It is funded by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD). Luc was also in 2017-2019 promoter of the EVAMAB project, funded by the Belgian Science Policy administration BELSPO.

EVAMAB supports the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB), by focusing on the valuation of ecosystem services in four African MAB sites. He published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on aquatic biomonitoring, and issues related to capacity building, biodiversity and participative stakeholder engagement related to conservation.

In his free time, Luc likes writing, is a passionate photographer and is curious about the world through his travels.