The objective of the Science Summit at UNGA76 is to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sessions will cover initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in science infrastructure and capacity building.
Opening Plenary: How science is the support of the attainment of the SDGs and how UNGA77 can do more to advance global science collaboration
The global pandemic has shown how collaboration on science can mobilize a range of stakeholders to produce solutions. The evidence needs to create a dynamic and enabling policy and regulator environment at the global level. And this is why the UN General Assembly needs to consider research and development, science and innovation.
Biodiversity: Forests, Health and Society
Misiones is one of the 23 provinces of Argentina, strategically located in the extreme northeast of the country of the Mesopotamia region. Approximately 91% of its borders are international being surrounded by Paraguay to the northwest, Brazil to the north, east and south, and the Argentine province of Corrientes to the southwest. Border activity is intense with more than 27 million entries and exits reflecting that more than 100 million inhabitants live within a radius of 1000km. Misiones is an entrepreneurial province that seeks sustainable solutions for its forestry industry and its expanding smallholding agriculture that exports tea and yerba among other products. Indeed, Misiones is an entrepreneurial province looking for sustainable solutions for its forest industry and expanding agriculture.
Convened by IMIBIO Biodiversity Institute, Misiones, Argentina
Nature based solutions: the mythbuster session
The overwhelming evidence that climate change requires drastic action and that the decarbonisation of transport, industry, energy systems, construction and the rest of our economy, is unlikely to proceed at a pace sufficient to avoid serious catastrophe has led many to focus on nature-based solutions – sometimes as a stopgap while the rest of the economy is decarbonised, sometimes as a major contributor to solving the problem, as with BECCS, BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage.
Convened by ICRAF
Roundtable with the High Representative of the Coalition for the Sahel, Dr Djimé Adoum, High Representative, Coalition for the Sahel
“The real Southern Frontier of Europe,” as EU Special Representative for the Sahel Emanuela del Re describes the region, is central to the transit of goods and people between the continents. The Sahel is home to some of the world’s least developed and youngest nations with 50% of its inhabitants less than 15 years of age.
This session will explore:
- Policy responses by individual member states and regional bodies
- Opportunities for increased international support and funding priorities
- Roadmaps toward stronger, more ambitious partnerships with the Sahel
- Priority areas of cooperation, research and development partnerships
- Climate change and its impact on security in the sub-region
- Short and medium-term economic growth and job creation opportunities
- Boosting regional economic integration through innovative financing mechanisms