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Accompanying the 76th UN General Assembly, around 20,000 stakeholders are attending the UNGA76 Science Summit until the end of September to discuss the topic "How can science work better together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?” The DLR Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) is organising two workshops. DLR-PT Executive Director Klaus Uckel spoke at the opening session on the 14th September.
The Science Summit around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) aims to raise awareness of the role which science plays in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will also examine what framework conditions are needed for global scientific cooperation. The opening session, "How science will support the attainment of the SDGs", was broadcast live on Zoom on Tuesday, the 14th September. Klaus Uckel, Managing Director of DLR-PT, was one of the first speakers. In his fifteen-minute presentation, he outlined his vision of global cooperation in science from the perspective of science management – with the key message "We must leave no one behind”.
“’Leave no one behind’ is a central promise of the Agenda 2030,” Uckel noted. “We must use international scientific cooperation as an essential and effective instrument to reach this ambition. Audrey Azulay, Director-General of UNESCO said `Science must become less unequal, more cooperative and more open’. I agree! We need to accept the heterogeneity of research systems and different standards and frameworks in science internationally. We have to work together on a level playing field.”
Uckel also advocated more fairness and sensitivity in technology transfer and intellectual property rights, new approaches to monitoring and impact assessment, more science diplomacy and citizen participation. From experience, he said, the DLR project management organisation had learnt that research projects have a greater impact when "stakeholders" – including citizens – are involved.
"Science can play an important role in providing a basis for political decisions and can build bridges linking it with science, society and politics – including science policy and development cooperation,” Klaus Uckel continued. This is why DLR-PT, together with several partners, launched the EU Alliance for Science Diplomacy this year.
By the 30th September, the UNGA76 Science Summit will have produced 17 "Science for SDGs" strategies in five plenary sessions, 120 main scientific sessions and 20 "Partner and Consortium Building Sessions". More than 400 speakers and 20,000 participants are expected. DLR-PT is organising two of the working sessions.
The session Using science for/in diplomacy for solving global challenges will take place on the 24th September, from 3 to 5 p.m., moderated by DLR-PT’s Angela Schindler-Daniels and Maria Josten. Here, the DLR Project Management Agency and the "European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance" are highlighting science diplomacy as a discussion topic. High-level experts from science, politics and innovation will look at the role of science in diplomacy and politics in addressing global challenges such as health, climate change and clean water. Speakers are to include Canada's Minister of Science Mona Nemer and Asmita Parshotam of the High Court of South Africa.
On the 27th September, at 1 p.m., DLR-PT will be moderating a discussion on monitoring approaches from international research cooperation to achieve the SDGs. The two-hour session “The significance of international research cooperation for the attainment of the SDGs – approaches from research management” will be moderated by Joachim Post (DLR) and Sophie von Knebel (DLR-PT). How can stakeholders be involved to address global challenges? How can the influence of science on the achievement of sustainability goals be measured, and what framework conditions does this require? Questions like these will be addressed in the session by Tanja Woronowicz (Institute for Qualifying Innovation Research and Consulting, IQIB, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler), Jackie Olang Kado (Network of African Science Academies) and Valeria Arza (National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina), among others. The Africa, Middle East, Turkey Department of DLR-PT is to be represented on the panel by Stefan A. Haffner.
Information on the session on 24 September
Information on the session on 27 September
Schedule of the UNGA76 Science Summit
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