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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 • 9:00am - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Digital Democracy for Climate Action: Everyone, Everywhere All At Once (180905)

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The urgency of addressing climate change and its devastating consequences demands a proactive and inclusive approach. While progress has been slow, primarily relying on government and business actions, we must find a better way to harness the collective drive of The People for a sustainable future. The transformation required to mitigate climate change necessitates the participation of all people worldwide, and an inclusive approach is paramount.

The orchestration of sustainable practices and technologies within communities involving the behaviour of 8 billion individuals is crucial. We have learned from history that religion, finite resource-based capitalism, and autocracy are insufficient in motivating the necessary cooperation and enthusiasm. Instead, a self-driven approach is essential, and democratic processes have consistently proven successful in this regard.

The digital revolution has provided us with the tools to mobilise the needs, informed consent, and human capital of 8 billion people toward achieving the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Technology facilitates the connection of individuals on a large scale, enabling both bottom-up and top-down civic participation. Traditional power hierarchies are being reshaped as digitisation transforms the dynamics of power.

Creating a more democratic and fair internet by developing data cooperatives and digital commons while addressing social media polarisation will foster greater participation. Empowering communities to organize online and directly engage with their representatives will help those same representatives advocate for effective climate laws.


0830 on-site registration at Harvard Club
0900- 1000 President's room

1000-1130 President's room

1145-1300 President's room

1145-1300 Slocum Room

1300-1400 Break

1400- 1500 President's room

1530-1545 President's room

1600-1630 President's room

Throughout : Slocum Room

avatar for Hlupheka Chabalala

Hlupheka Chabalala

Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Dr Chabalala is the current National Director of the Indigenous Knowledge-Based Technology Innovation Unit of the South African Department of Science and Technology. He is a Medical Natural Scientist with special interest in research, development and innovation of African Natural... Read More →
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Morshed Mannan

Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.
Morshed Mannan is a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. His research focuses on blockchain governance within the ERC project ‘BlockchainGov’ and, more broadly, on cooperative governance. He received his Ph.D... Read More →
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Gabriela Ramos

Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, where she oversees the institution's contributions to building inclusive societies. Her mandate includes tackling economic inequalities of income and opportunity, and promoting social inclusion... Read More →
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David Ewing Duncan

Journalist, Author, Researcher, Curator, and Advisor
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning journalist covering life science, technology, AI, politics, and culture in print, television, and radio—and a best-selling author of 12 books published in 21 languages. David writes for Vanity Fair, Scientific American, Atlantic, The New York... Read More →
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Chante Harris

Managing Partner, Something New - Stealth
Managing Partner, Something New - StealthChante is a trailblazer in social, financial, climate & energy innovation, Chante is recognized for her achievements in the Obama Administration scaling nationwide campaigns and technologies for the Obama Administration, Fortune 500 companies... Read More →
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John K. Balbach

Advisor to World Leaders and Climate Change Solutions Executive
Starting his career in the US Senate, John focused on foreign affairs, defense, international environment, and nation rebuilding/infrastructure. He staffed the Congressional Task Force on Afghanistan, staffed the first Senate hearing on climate change, helped develop the landmark... Read More →
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Diana Ayton-Shenker

CEO Leonardo
An award-winning social entrepreneur who connects and convenes key partnerships, resources and capital for positive global impact. She serves as CEO, Leonardo/ISAST (International Society of Arts, Science, Technology); Executive Director, Leonardo-ASU Initiative; and ASU Professor... Read More →
avatar for Craig Hatkoff

Craig Hatkoff

Co Founder of Tribeca Film Festival and the Disruptor Foundation
Hatkoff is cofounder of the Tribeca Film Festival, the Disruptor Foundation, and Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, collaborations with the father of disruptive innovation theory, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. Hatkoff began his career at Chemical Bank... Read More →
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Tracy Rector

Managing Director, Storytelling, Nia Tero Foundation
Tracy Rector brings to Nia Tero a passion for amplifying and uplifting Indigenous and BIPOC voices. As an Emmy Award winning producer, she carries three decades of experience as a community organizer, educator, filmmaker, film programmer, arts curator and activist all infused with... Read More →
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GK Reid

Regenerative Producer and Designer
GK Reid is a regenerative producer, designer, and advocate for social justice, cultural and ecological regeneration. He is described as “a Renaissance man” (Soma Magazine), for his collaborative approach across art, music, film, fashion, social justice and ecological advocacy... Read More →
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Kelvin Kong (virtual)

Indigenous Health Advocate
Professor Kelvin Kong advocates for the health and well-being of indigenous communities. His work reflects the deep connection between human health and a sustainable environment. Australia's first Aboriginal surgeon and NAIDOC Australian of the year 2023.
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Dror Benshetrit

Founder of SuperNature Labs
Dror is a designer, thinker, inventor, and futurist whose ingenuity informs a striking range of affecting, unconventional work. He is also founder of Studio Dror and SuperNature Labs - a regenerative design and technology organization, committed to reinventing the existing structures... Read More →
avatar for Ian Monroe

Ian Monroe

President Etho Capital, Stanford Lecturer
Ian is Etho Capital's President and Chief Investment Officer, as well as a lecturer on climate solutions and sustainable investing at Stanford University. Prior to Etho Capital, Ian founded Oreco, an award-winning web and mobile platform that rewards users for helping solve climate... Read More →
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Wesley Powell

Industrial Scale Climate Solutions
Wesley is co-founder and CEO of Open Origin, a green energy and chemical manufacturing company that is the first to provide profitable, industrial-scale climate change solutions without subsidies. Recognizing that the burden of climate change falls heaviest on the indigenous peoples... Read More →
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Kelly Achenbach

Communication Officer dedicated to Citizen Science at Max Weber Foundation in Germany
Kelly Achenbach is the Communication Officer dedicated to Citizen Science at Max Weber Foundation in Germany and has been creatively connecting communities to solve societal issues for over two decades. After years of advocating for at-risk populations through projects at NGOs and... Read More →
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Eric Montgomery #E

Anthropologist, Activist
Eric Montgomery, PhD, is a Cultural Anthropologist, Assistant Professor and advisor in Peace and Justice Studies at Michigan State University. He is also a Faculty member in the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. His recent research and publications... Read More →
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Susi Mai

Ocean Activist, Co-Founder of Ultramarine Pro Kiteboarder #D
Susi Mai’s most recent venture, Ultramarine, was established in 2019 in collaboration with fellow ocean advocate Jeremy Mckane. Together, they've cultivated a diverse community comprising innovators, politicians, scientists, artists, storytellers, entrepreneurs, investors, and more... Read More →
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Alice Forrest #B

Marine biologist and wildlife guide
Alice is a marine biologist and wildlife guide, with a passion for the natural world and the creatures who inhabit it. As a researcher but also a divemaster & freediver, she’s a firm believer in the need to communicate the science as well as the intrinsic value of the ocean and... Read More →
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Tai-Heng Cheng #C

Lawyer, advisor to governments, founder Cheng Harrell Institute for Global Affairs
Clients turn to lawyer and international arbitrator Tai Cheng to solve their most significant legal problems and win their largest disputes. In recent years this has included the largest corruption scandal in Brazil, the first treaty arbitration under a Singapore investment treaty... Read More →
avatar for Kamila Camilo #A

Kamila Camilo #A

Activist and Social Entrepreneur
Kamila Camilo is a Brazilian activist and social entrepreneur, building bridges between large organizations and grassroots initiatives to develop open innovation projects, social responsibility strategies within the ESG agenda, and initiatives focused on climate action. After 5 years... Read More →
avatar for Hossein Rahnama

Hossein Rahnama

Hossein Rahnama is a computer scientist and an academic entrepreneur. As a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and professor at Ryerson University, where he co-founded Ryerson DMZ, his research explores AI, mobile human-computer interaction, and the effective design of data-driven... Read More →
avatar for Stepanie Carroll Russo

Stepanie Carroll Russo

Associate Professor of Public Health and Associate Research Professor at the Udall Center
Dr. Stephanie Carroll is a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah in Alaska and of Sicilian-descent. At the University of Arizona, she is Associate Professor of Public Health and Associate Research Professor at the Udall Center. She directs the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data... Read More →
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

CEO, People Centered Internet
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and co-founder with Vint Cerf of the People-centred Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
avatar for Carlos A. Nobre

Carlos A. Nobre

Senior Researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo / Co-Chair Science Panel for the Amazon
Nobel Laureate Carlos Nobre is one of Brazil’s top climate scientists. He is best known for his studies of the rainforests, and proposed the hypothesis of ‘savannization’ of the Amazon forest in response to deforestation and climate change, which have delineated the role of... Read More →
avatar for Txukukaytxi Rosa’ne Puyanawa

Txukukaytxi Rosa’ne Puyanawa

Indigenous Leader and Climate Advocate
Txukukaytxi Rosane, is a proud 20 year old Indigenous Youth Activist and communications facilitator for the Puyanawa Tribe of Guardians of the Amazon, in Acre, Brazil. Txuku is a singer and composer, and released her album “Puya Tour Adetera” in 2023. An artisan and painter... Read More →
avatar for Puwe Puyanawa

Puwe Puyanawa

Indigenous Storyteller and Conservationist
Puwe Puyanawa uses storytelling to bridge the gap between traditional indigenous wisdom and modern conservation efforts. His narratives emphasize the importance of coexisting with nature. Puwe is one of the main spiritual and social leaders of the Puyanawa Tribe, known as Protectors... Read More →
avatar for Wangari Kuria

Wangari Kuria

Founder and CEO of Farmer on Fire Ltd
Global Citizen Prize Winner & CEO, Farmer on Fire Ltd.Wangari Kuria, a visionary leader in African agriculture, is on a transformative journey to tackle pressing challenges and unlock the sector's potential. Fueled by her passion for sustainable growth, she has become the influential... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Brave Rock

Eugene Brave Rock

Actor and Blackfoot Cultural Regeneration Activist
Eugene Brave Rock Actor and Blackfoot Cultural Regeneration ActivistEugene Brave Rock is one of the best-known Indigenous actors worldwide, with his hard hitting roles in AMC's Dark Winds as Frank Nakai and The Stranger in The Dirty Black Bag role, and his standout role as "The Chief... Read More →
avatar for Michael K. Dorsey

Michael K. Dorsey

Renowned Environmental Scholar
Dr. M. K. Dorsey is a recognized expert on global energy, environment, finance and sustainability. Recipient of the Rotary International’s highest honor: The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity, he is a member of the Club of Rome and holds the Chair & Directorship... Read More →
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Bill Weihl

Co-Executive Director, ClimateVoice
Bill Weihl is an advocate for clean energy and sustainable technology solutions. He has worked with influential tech companies to drive their commitment to carbon neutrality and environmental responsibility. Founder and Executive Director of ClimateVoice. ex-Director of Sustainability... Read More →
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Ricky Kej

Grammy Award-Winning Composer and Environmentalist
Ricky Kej's music transcends boundaries and raises awareness about environmental issues. Through his compositions, he advocates for a harmonious relationship between humanity and the planet.
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Kevin Chand

Lawyer, Cultural Ambassador and Environmental Steward
Kevin Chand is a Pacific international environmental lawyer based in New York who currently serves as a Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Vanuatu to the United Nations. In this capacity, he worked on Vanuatu’s Campaign to take Climate Change to the International Court of... Read More →
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Inder Monga

Global Collaboration Strategist
Inder is the "backbone" of the world's scientific data and researcher community - and the closest at the UN Science Summit you might meet from a piece of heritage in "Oppenheimer". As the Director of Scientific Networking and Executive Director of Energy Sciences Network (ESnet... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy McKane

Jeremy McKane

CEO | Visual Artist, OCN | The McKane Organization
Jeremy McKane's photography captures the beauty of nature while raising awareness about environmental issues. His visual storytelling amplifies the need for collective action.
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Co-convenor: Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri

Director, Photographer, Impact Innovator & TEDx Speaker, Princeton University, Shakti Regeneration Institute, Open Origin
Indrani is a multi-disciplinary artist, filmmaker, TEDx speaker, innovator, and movement mobilizer, awakening public consciousness and transforming culture for a more just, equitable, and regenerative future. Mentored by David Bowie and Iman, she helped shaped the image of 300 global... Read More →
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Co-convenor: Gael Van Weyenbergh

Founder, Meoh
Gael Van Weyenbergh, an alumnus in political science from the Free University of Brussels. Shaped and mentored by former central banker and renowned monetary activist, Bernard Lietaer, Gael transitioned into the realm of digital innovation. He lent his expertise to community exchange... Read More →

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Convenor: Andrea Soccorso

Member, Advisor, Climate Voice, Co-founder AfterWEVote Advisor, Frmr, Director Strategic Partnerships, Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi
Andrea is a visionary leader, driven by an unwavering passion to co-create a regenerative and more equitable world.   With 25+ years  global multidisciplinary and cross sector experience she is a systems thinker who advises, strategizes, leads and rallies people and resources for... Read More →
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Convenor: Rob Eisenberg

Founder, Vote Earth Now
Convenor of Session: Digital Democracy for Climate Action: leveraging the arsenal of democracy to preserve a liveable planet for all.How we can use the Internet to harness the people’s drive for a sustainable future.A/Prof Rob Eisenberg is an internationally recognised surgeon who... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2023 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
  Climate, Policy