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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Monday, September 18 • 2:00pm - 4:45pm
[VIRTUAL] Climate Governance: what can Engineers and Technicians bring (181404)

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The need to receive updated and good knowledge about climate change: Recent reports (IPCC, 2022) show that it is important to have a good scientific knowledge of the science of climate change, its impacts, and vulnerabilities to make the right decisions and implement measures both in terms of adaptation than mitigation.
Governments and governmental institutions do not always have the geopolitical and legal tools to act effectively and efficiently at the local, and even less in a coordinated way at the global level. It seems that the financial, economic, technical, and societal issues to put in place rapid measures to adapt and to mitigate to climate change could be resolved more easily. Knowledge is not the only lever to implement decisions relating to adaptation and mitigation. Solutions must include both the mastery of scientific knowledge and technical skills, legal skills and a good understanding of the governance systems operating the levers at the global level. At another level, governments and institutions being busy with daily life, do not always have the motivation to deeply investigate the short, medium, and long-term complexities of climate change and the needs to adapt and mitigate. When the daily distraction from the urgency to act has its toll, presenting short essays that strengthen the need to act, can be of enormous value to boost the motivation of officials.
Social science being the scientific study of human society and social relationships involves research on all aspects of history and literature, both classical and modern, philosophy, art, culture and the media, communication and linguistics, and all fields of social science at the periphery of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM), such as law, economics, political science. Robert Burton Clark, UCLA Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Sociology, was one of the first sociologists to study higher education from a global perspective. With research interests in various domains of higher education systems, he proposed a three forces perspectives triangle (Clark, 1983) to help position national systems of higher education of various countries, the three dimensions being: the state authority, the market, and the academic oligarchy.
When we look at university contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation, we shall ask ourselves first: from which perspective do they contribute? To contribute is to bring one's share to a common work, to be part of a result. Knowing what contributes to climate change adaptation and mitigation actions, from the point of view of the university, would require for example, crossing the expected goals of the university, its actors, and stakeholders with the possibilities of action in the fields of adaptation and mitigation.

Not only we aim at bringing light to the contribution of University Stakeholders engaged in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, but also presenting tools and perspectives to help understand latestdevelopments in terms of applied research, advocacy, lobby and influence of public authorities, international expertise, etc. on the theme of climate change adaptation and mitigation governance. Motivated students, researchers, engineers, technicians can bring a valuable opinion to the community: they receive the latest news and research articles and are used to produce papers and research materials as part of their studies and professional careers. When being able to “ventilate” these writings and essays in communities beyond their close ones, a sincere contribution can be found to the latest research at large.

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Janos Pasztor

Executive Director, Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) (Switzerland)
Janos Pasztor is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G). He has over 4 decades of experience in the areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development.Before his current assignment he was UN Assistant Secretary-General for... Read More →
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Klaus Schuch (Moderator)

Scientific Director, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
Dr Klaus Schuch is an expert on techno-globalisation, international R&I cooperation, R&I policies, and evaluation. Klaus is the director and senior scientist at ZSI (Centre for Social Innovation), Austria.Klaus is and was engaged in many national and international projects. From 2009... Read More →
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Aasima Kamal Mowni

Co-founder at Solar Radiation Modification Youth Watch (Bangladesh)
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Aura Bustillo

Civil Engineering – Master in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, PhD candidate Instituto Superior Tecnico - Universidade de Lisboa (Colombia)
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Jacob Ngumbah

Deputy Director and Communications Coordinator, Deputy Director & Communications Coordinator at Nevis Disaster Management Dept, St Kitts & Nevis
Experienced Communications Manager and Deputy Director with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Nonprofit organizations, Crisis Communications, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Decision-Making. Strong media and communication professional... Read More →
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Flavio Jorge

President Electromagnetic Envt & Interference, Commission E, International Union of Radio Science Portugal
Early Career Representative of URSI Commission E at international level and a Spectrum management expert with the directorate of Earth observation programs of ESA. He also serves the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-Radiocommunication Sector Working Party 7C as chairman... Read More →
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Telly Valérie Onu

Managing Director/CEO, eGovernance, Digital Finance Infrastructure. & Climate Finance Expert, Quintessence Consulting Inc;
Telly Valerie Onu is a seasoned digital economist, governance expert, management consultant with extensive experience in network industry and innovation governance transformation, leadership, and private sector development. With over 24 years of experience as a thought leader in 21st-century... Read More →

Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi

Former Minister of Climate Change and Environment (UAE), Visiting Lecturer,

Lylian Coelho

Development Director of the Chair at AgroParisTech-SUEZ (France-Brazil)
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Yvette Ramos

President, phD candidate, WOMENVAI
Ms. Science of Engineering (1992), MBA (2002), with a background in Engineering, starting with a position of Project Manager in the Industry to international consultant for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as strategic... Read More →
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Elisabetta Venezia

AdJ Professor/FT Researcher, University of Bari Aldo Moro
Elisabetta Venezia, Ph.D., researcher and senior lecturer in Applied Economics at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Department of Economics and Finance. She teaches Economic Evaluation of Investments, Transport Economics, and Economics of Transport Mobility in UG and PG courses. Her... Read More →
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Weber (Neves) Amaral

Professor at University of Sao Paulo ESALQ, entrepreneur and investor (Brazil)
Weber A. N. Amaral, obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University, USA. He also holds a Master of Sciences and Forestry Engineering degree from the University of Sao Paulo (ESALQ - USP), Brazil.He is currently a professor at the University of São Paulo (http://www... Read More →

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Yvette Ramos

President, phD candidate, WOMENVAI
Ms. Science of Engineering (1992), MBA (2002), with a background in Engineering, starting with a position of Project Manager in the Industry to international consultant for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as strategic... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2023 2:00pm - 4:45pm EDT