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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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Lopamudra Patnaik Saxena

Coventry University
Research Fellow
Lopa is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water, & Resilience in Coventry University (UK). Her current research is on sustainable and resilient food systems, with a focus on community food initiatives and their intersection with food and nutrition security, food citizenship, and food literacy. Her work is situated in the UK and India. Her research includes two main strands. One relates to understanding the complexities of community-led responses in the wider context of place-based food strategies. Her work has centred on community food hubs/social supermarkets. The other strand is community self-organisation for resilience from a social-ecological perspective, in the context of both urban biodiversity and rural indigenous food systems. She has undertaken research in India, which looked at the revitalisation of millets in particular, and the role played by state and non-state actors. In Coventry (UK) where she is based, Lopa is a co-founding member of Coventry Food Network and a Trustee of Feeding Coventry, engaged with local community action to make Coventry a food resilient city ‘where nobody goes hungry’. She holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (University of York, UK).