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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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Meine Van Noordwijk

World Agroforestry
Distinguished Research Fellow
Meine van Noordwijk is a Distinguished Research Fellow at World Agroforestry. He joined the organization in 1993. For many years Dr van Noordwijk guided the global integration of the Centre’s science and (co-)led ICRAF's global research program on environmental services. He has published on issues across a wide range of scales, from roots interacting with soil to global environmental policies and their national implementation. He also is professor of agroforestry at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

From 2002 to 2008 he was Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia. Before joining the Centre, Meine was a senior research officer in the Root Ecology Section at the DLO Institute for Soil Fertility Research in Haren, the Netherlands, concentrating on models of the relationships between soil fertility, nutrient use efficiency and root development of crops and trees. He also worked for two years as a lecturer in botany and ecology at the University of Juba in Sudan. Meine has a PhD in Agricultural Science from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands and an MSc in Biology from the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Over the past 40 years agroforestry as a term and concept has helped to gain recognition for age-old farmer practices using trees, explore options for their further development and to obtain appreciation for the agriculture-forestry interface.

As many of the bottlenecks to agroforestry are in the policy domain, quantification of positive and negative tree-soil-crop interactions has been a basis for forms of ‘negotiation support’ that increased recognition and opportunities for farmer-led development pathways, with agility, sustained.