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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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Ola El Zein

Director Of Medical Library
Dr Ola El-Zein is the Director of the Medical Library and lecturer at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is the first woman to hold a PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from AUB. She serves as a board member of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS). She was chosen as the youngest woman scientist to participate in a plenary session about youth and science diplomacy in World Science Forum (WSF) 2017. She was also nominated as a member of the organizing committee for the WSF-2019.

Dr Ola is the first country representative for Lebanon at Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) and a committee member of the IFLA E4GDH (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Evidence for Global and Disaster Health). She is also the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) policy-making tracker rapporteur for Lebanon. She is also a member of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA) and the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL). She has extensive teaching experience since 2007 and has been in charge of several research initiatives and projects. She had published several research papers in prominent peer-reviewed international journals.

Ola has participated in several international conferences and workshops in different fields of biology, medicine, public health and science diplomacy in different countries. Ola works on supporting medical research and improving the quality of health information, knowledge and research evidence to strengthen health systems and help in informing everyone of evidence-based information. She instructs physicians, faculty members and students at the faculties of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences, in conducting proper research. She has been an indispensable contributor to many health-related courses and programs at the AUB and has been part of numerous literature, scoping and systematic reviews. As a scientist and a woman, she strongly believes that she can make a difference in the world by integrating science with diplomacy.