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(REF OP14) Opening Plenary: How Science will Support the Attainment of the SDGs
September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The main objective of the SSUNGA76 virtual meetings will be to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The event will also demonstrate initiatives that provide models for global science mechanisms and activities in support of the SDGs, particularly in the area of science infrastructure and capacity building.
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 global level. And this is why the UN General Assemble needs to consider research and development, science and innovation
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 important role in how policy objectives are achieved and the consequent benefit to people everywhere including response to global challenges.
Engagement with policy leadership is more important than ever: UNGA 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 are increasingly determining how priorities are set. Science needs to be part of this dialogue and inform outputs, through thought leadership, providing evidence, insights and analysis and innovation.
The UNGA76 Science Summit will examine the enabling policy, regulatory and financial environment needed to establish and sustain the science mechanisms, capacities required to support genuinely global scientific collaboration collaborations across continents, across nations and themes.
Attainment of the SDGs will require alignment on policy and regulation that impact science and technology. Alignment is necessary to ensure access to date and the resulting innovation. It is also necessary to enable the rapid sharing of data, the fair use of data and related benefit sharing.