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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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Wednesday, September 27 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
[VIRTUAL] Turning the thermostat down - but how? Towards a Research Agenda for the Politics of Geoengineering (270906)

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Can humankind slow down the increase of temperate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as foreseen in action plans and commitments? Slow progress as documented in the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report and the consequences of the Russian attack on Ukraine with the return to fossil energy production cast severe doubt on meeting the original goals. If such failure persists, the only alternative to limit the consequences associated with unchecked global warming is the ‘deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment’, which is the IPCC definition for geoengineering (or climate engineering). Geoengineering (GE) has already been discussed by scientists in the 20th century; for more than a decade also by policymakers and in parliaments, but there is almost no awareness about GE in the broader public. Social sciences are now catching up with studying the various aspects of GE: political, legal, economic and social. What is missing today, is a research agenda on the aspects and issues, which require in-depth and at the same time coordinated research in order to provide useful advice to decision-makers. This session will bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss the research agenda for the politics of geoengineering. Through a series of three sub-sessions, we will explore geoengineering's role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and public value, examine governance and international cooperation and delve into existing legal and regulatory aspects.

09:00 - 09:15 Opening statements
Ntorina Antoni (Moderator) - Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) 
Ademola Oluborode Jegede - Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human and Peoples’ Rights, University of Venda (South Africa)
Kai-Uwe Schrogl - European Space Agency (France)
09:20 - 10:00 Geoengineering’s role in advancing SDGs & Public Value 
Ntorina Antoni - Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) 
Rick Wylie - University of Central Lanchashire (United Kingdom)
10:00 - 10:40 Governance and International Cooperation for Geoengineering
Joshua Horton - Harvard University (United States)
Perses Bilimoria – Climate Change Due Diligence Group Ltd Limited (India)
10:40 - 11:20 Legal and Regulatory Aspects in Geoengineering 
Alla Pozdnakova - University of Oslo (Norway)
Anna Maddrick - Stop Ecocide International (Italy)
11:20 - 11:50 Panel Discussion
Ademola Oluborode Jegede (moderator) - Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human and Peoples’ Rights, University of Venda (South Africa)
11:50 - 12:20 Audience Q&A
Kai-Uwe Schrogl (moderator) - European Space Agency (France) 
12:20 - 12:30 Session wrap up

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Ntorina Antoni

Postdoctoral Researcher, Eindhoven University of Technology
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher specializing in innovation ecosystems at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. My research primarily revolves around strategic decision-making processes, stakeholder management, and strategy innovation within large high-tech organizations... Read More →
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Rick Wylie

Reader in Applied Policy Science, University of Central Lancashire
I am a policy scientist at the University of Central Lancashire working in public value governance.  Over the last decade I have worked, inter alia, with colleagues in the space, nuclear, tourism and cultural sectors to develop an approach to assessing, articulating and actioning... Read More →
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Joshua Horton

Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
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Perses Bilimoria

I have been involved with Climate Change Research including Intervention and Repair to our Ecosystems for the past two decades. I have been a Visiting Associate at the Center for Climate Repair at Cambridge University and more recently Director at Climate Change Due Diligence Group... Read More →
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Anna Maddrick

Legal Analyst, Stop Ecocide International
I have a first-class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Legal Studies from the University of Bologna (Grade 109/110). I work as Legal Analyst for Stop Ecocide International, a role comprising research, advocacy, writing, teaching, diplomacy and participation... Read More →
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Alla Pozdnakova

Professor, University of Oslo
I am Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo Law Faculty. My current research focuses on various aspects of international legal regime(s) governing the global commons, including the sustainability of outer space and oceans. I am interested in the... Read More →

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Convenors: Ademola Oluborode Jegede

Director, Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human and Peoples' Rights University of Venda
Ademola Oluborode JEGEDE is a full Professor of Law, an NRF rated researcher and the Interim Director of the Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human and Peoples’ Rights in the School of Law, Faculty of Management, Commerce and Law, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa. He holds... Read More →
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Kai-Uwe Schrogl

Special Adviser for Political Affairs, European Space Agency
Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the Special Advisor for Political Affairs in the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris, France. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Corporate Development... Read More →

Wednesday September 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:30pm EDT