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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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Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Head of Program; Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
Kampala Uganda
Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime – Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program Lead, Africa Innovations Institute Uganda

Dr. Felly Mugizi Tusiime - Biodiversity, Climate Change and Environment Management expert.
Dr. Felly holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Makerere University Uganda and University of Oslo, Norway; a joint Master of Science in Botany from Makerere University Uganda and Imperial College London UK; and a Bachelor of Science (Botany, Zoology, chemistry) degree from Makerere University.
Felly has extensive knowledge and experience in biodiversity, sustainable land management, climate change and environmental management. She works in close partnership with government and non-state actors in Uganda and abroad; providing technical support, advisory services, capacity building/training/sensitisation and public awareness in areas of her expertise.

Dr Felly has worked as lecturer and researcher at prestigious institutions in Uganda and abroad including Makerere, Gulu, Busitema, and Kyambogo Universities in Uganda; the Natural History Museum London UK; National Museum of Kenya Nairobi; Addis Ababa University Ethiopia, Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania, and University of Oslo Norway. She is the Head of the Climate Change and Environmental sustainability Program at Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII) in Uganda. She has supported implementation of national and multilateral environment policy and legislation including support for implementation of Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), and domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She led the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT)-Uganda project as Project Manager (2018-2020), to strengthen government institutions to comply with the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement. Under her leadership 10 key government ministries in Uganda established an Inter-Ministerial Cooperation Agreement and Memoranda of Understanding, to share greenhouse gas (GHG) data and support implementation of the NDC and Paris Agreement.

Felly is an ambitious researcher and has conducted extensive biophysical field surveys including soil, water, and biodiversity assessment in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. She established a cryptogamicsection to host bryophytes, and a Dendrosenecio plant DNA bank in the National herbarium MakerereUniversity; a Uganda soil bank at Africa Innovations Institute; and supported establishment of Uganda’s key NDC sector GHG inventory systems hosted at Climate Change Department Ministry of Water and Environment. She is a prolific writer with over 10 publications in high impact peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her most recent publication Afro-alpine flagships revisited: Parallel adaptation intermountain admixture and shallow genetic structure in the giant senecios (Dendrosenecios), was selected in 2020 by PloS One, amongst the best publications under the life sciences category.

Felly is an active member of Nature Uganda (NU), which promotes the understanding appreciation and conservation of nature; Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN-Ug), which works with leaders and communities to deal with management of the climate crisis in Uganda; and Gender Climate Change and Agriculture (GCCA) a women’s advocacy organization that promote engendering of climate change action and agriculture in Africa. She is a farmer practicing climate smart agriculture and Sustainable farming to demonstrate that sustainable agriculture should protect the environment and ecosystems services.