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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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Minerva Novero

Policy Specialist (Thematic Focus: Governance, Cities and Digital Transformation)
New York
Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Minerva Novero-Belec is a Policy Specialist UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York. Her thematic focus is on the nexus of governance, cities, and digital transformation. She serves as part of UNDP’s cross-practice focal point team for urbanization and cities, with a focus on inclusive governance in local and urban settings, innovative approaches to sustainable urbanization, and SDG-anchored smart cities. Prior to this post, she served as Policy Specialist for ICT for Development, e-Governance and Access to Information, managing UNDP engagement in the Broadband Commission; UNDP’s role as permanent vice-chair of the UN Group on Information Society (UNGIS, which organizes the annual WSIS Forum); UNDP engagement in multilateral efforts such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP); and, coordination of ICTD and e-governance policy advisory support to UNDP country programmes. She managed the Secretariat of the Programmatic Response Coordination Group, UNDP’s internal mechanism for Covid-19 response at the height of the pandemic. Ms. Novero-Belec’s career straddles policy, communications and journalism. She holds a Degree in Mass Communications (major in Journalism) from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration on economic and political development from Columbia University in New York.