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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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Friday, September 22 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Reflecting Risk: Rights-Based Global Decision-Making about Research and Testing of Solar Geoengineering Climate Tech (221201)

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Please note this session is from 12:00-1:00PM U.S. Eastern Time.

Solar geoengineering, or solar radiation modification, is a set of strategies to limit the warming effects of the Sun to counteract human-caused climate change. While some say the technology has the potential to reduce global temperatures, others view the physical manipulation of the atmosphere as too risky to consider. If these theoretical technologies are developed enough to be deployed, they have the potential to either gravely impact the most vulnerable, who contributed least to the climate crisis; or, to help reduce future disastrous effects of global heating.  

In this panel at the 2023 United Nations General Assembly’s Science Summit, scientists and policy experts reflecting different contexts in rich, middle-income, and developing countries, will have an open discussion about the current state of research and tests on these technologies. The panel will highlight how the current vacuum in collective deliberation and decision-making processes means that the scientifically and politically controversial strategies of solar radiation modification are developing largely ungoverned. The panelists will consider how different actors should contribute to fair, just, and well-considered processes with broad participation and collective deliberation at the global level.  

  • Kate Marvel, Senior Scientist, Climate, Project Drawdown
  • Patrycja Sasnal, Visiting Professor, UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability
  • Michael Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies

  • Nicholas B. Dirks, President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)


Nicholas Dirks

President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences

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Benjamin Young

Senior Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
Benjamin Young develops innovative global programs and partnerships that advance scientific research and policy for the public good. At the International Science Reserve, he collaborates with ISR Executive Director Mila Rosenthal, the NYAS team, and partners to support and advance... Read More →
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Co-convenor: Melanie Brickman Borchard

Director, Life Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences
Melanie Brickman Borchard serves as the Director of Life Sciences at the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Brickman Borchard has more than 20 years of experience in academic and non-profit settings — both as a public health researcher focused on the juncture of health, demography... Read More →

Friday September 22, 2023 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT