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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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Rama Yade

Atlantic Council
The Atlantic Council announced today that Ambassador Rama Yade has been named director of the Africa Center. Ambassador Yade has served as a senior fellow with the center since 2019 and was previously France’s deputy minister for foreign affairs and human rights—an appointment at the age of 30 that made her the first woman of African descent to become a member of the French cabinet.

A native of Senegal and a French citizen, Rama brings to us impressive senior-level experience on the international stage that will allow the Africa Center to raise its profile and build on its work as a leading voice for African agency and transatlantic partnerships.

The Atlantic Council also announced today that Ambassador J. Peter Pham, previous director of the Africa Center, will be returning as a distinguished fellow. Ambassador Pham stepped down as director of the Africa Center in March 2020 when he was named US Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa—a role he held until January of this year. His deep experience and relationships on the continent will be central to the Africa Center’s scholarship and outreach.

Today’s announcements provide additional momentum to the Africa Center, which in 2020 convened over a dozen African heads of state and ministers and led policy dialogues on issues ranging from trade and COVID-19 to Sudan policy and the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. In October, the Center partnered with the US International Development Finance Corporation to host Investing in Africa’s Future, one of the largest US convenings of African leaders in recent years. The Center also led the way on private sector-led growth and development financing by partnering with the Africa Finance Corporation to launch the Afro-Century Initiative.
“Ambassador Yade’s extraordinary experience and background make her the perfect choice to lead the Africa Center’s work to forge stronger transatlantic partnerships in Africa at this pivotal moment for the future of the continent,” said Atlantic Council president and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Her deep knowledge of the issues, her relationships across the continent and in Europe, and her infectious passion for human empowerment, economic opportunity, and security in Africa are unrivaled. Policymakers around the world will benefit from her innovative ideas and unique perspective.”