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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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Sanjeev Kumar Varshney

Government of India
Head of the International Scientific Cooperation, the Ministry / Department of Science & Technology
Sanjeev Kumar Varshney is  Head of the International Scientific Cooperation in the Ministry / Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. He joined DST in 1990 and is facilitating international scientific cooperation from the Department of Science & Technology with its bilateral, multilateral and regional scientific partners.

He is Indian Co-Chair, Governing Body, Indo-German Science & Technology Centre and Indo-US Endowment Fund; Member, Board of Directors of a private limited company, Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) and is Member, Governing Councils of the: (1) US- India Education Foundation (USIEF), and (2) International Advanced Research Centre of Powder Metallurgy (ARCI). He is the Indian Focal Point for BRICS Working Group on Science & Technology and OECD Committee on Science & Technology Policy. He is a Member of, Board of Research Studies in the Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University.
He has worked as Counsellor (S&T) with the Embassy of India in Moscow to facilitate bilateral scientific cooperation between India and Russia from April 2008 - June 2011. He has been contributing to the promotion of international scientific cooperation as well as scientific–industrial cooperation.
He completed a Master in Geology in 1984 from Aligarh Muslim University with University Medal for obtaining the first position. He qualified UGC NET in 1985 for Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship. He pursued research at the University of Delhi during 1985-1990 on Himalayan river systems, sedimentation, diagenetic and tectonic modifications. He was also awarded Dr DN Wadia Research Fellowship in 1986 for his research on Himalayan Geology.
He is a Life Fellow of the Geological Society of India, Bangalore; Nepal Geological Society, Kathmandu and member of the International Association of Sedimentologists, Oxford. He also has numerous certifications to his credit. He also taught at Kurukshetra University in 1990.
He has written several articles on Science Policies focusing on International Scientific Cooperation. He is also involved in science popularization for which he writes in newspapers and magazines (online/offline).