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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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Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) aims to further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for sustainable development globally. The OAD is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

With the idea that we are all “under one sky”, the OAD stimulates and supports grassroots efforts around the world that use astronomy to promote sustainable development. Examples include astro-tourism programs that train and equip rural communities to benefit economically from their dark skies, projects that employ star-gazing to improve mental health (shift from a fixation on own feelings to a larger perspective), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) programs for schools centred on the exciting topics of astronomy and space.

The OAD provides grants to anyone in the world with an idea to improve lives using astronomy. Our next call for proposals will launch in April 2023. Contact us for more information info@astro4dev.org.