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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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Phetole Mahasha

South African Medical Research Council
Senior Scientist/Project Manager
South Africa
I am currently employed by South African Medical Research Council as a Project Manager responsible for the Precision Medicine Portfolio and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and African Traditional Medicines (ATMs) Strategic Projects. I am also employed by the University of Pretoria, Department of Nuclear Medicine as an Extraordinary Lecturer and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Discipline of Traditional Medicine as an Honorary Senior Lecturer. I hold a doctorate degree in Medical Immunology from the University of Pretoria - research focused on HIV pathogenesis, an M.Sc. degree in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch - research focused on TB pathogenesis, a B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry - research focused on Cancer, and B.Sc. degree in Life Sciences majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Limpopo. I have post-doctoral experience from the University of Virginia (USA) and University of Venda (South Africa) where he worked as an NIH FIC, WHIL, as a Genetic Epidemiology/Statistical Genetics and Metabolomics Post-doctoral Research Fellow, and at the NICD as a Professional Development Programme Post-Doctoral Fellowship where I conducted research on a HIV vaccines (HIV functional cure). I have published and co-authored more than 36 high level research articles including those published in the Lancet and Nature journals, with more than 13567 citations with a current overall h-index of more than 25.