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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 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
[IN-PERSON] Planetary Party: Exploring the Interstellar Intersection of Earth, Politics, and Space (181303) FILLING

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Schulte Roth + Zabel LLP
919 Third Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, New York 10022 (we are on 55 and 56th streets, between 2nd and 3rd avenues, closer to 2nd)

This session will explore how Space can be a force to achieve the SDGs, and how Politics can amplify this power, or get in the way of it. The session's panelists are former government leaders, astronauts, and those looking to turn the space curious into the space serious. The panelists include:

  • Olivier Colom - Former Senior Advisor to French President
  • Christina Korp - Astronaut Wrangler, Turning the Space Curious into the Space Serious
  • Sara Sabry - First African, Egyptian, and Arab Astronaut, Founder of the Deep Space Initiative
  • Moderated by Scott Cunningham

The session will focus on answering the following questions and more in an engaging and interactive session:
  • What are the connections and dependencies between Earth, oceans, politics, and space, and how can we manage them better?
  • How can science and technology promote sustainable development and conservation of natural resources while also supporting economic growth?
  • What policies and governance structures can promote international cooperation on science, technology, and innovation, and ensure equitable access to their benefits?
  • How can we responsibly use space resources and technology, manage their risks and benefits, and promote global cooperation and development?
  • How can we increase public awareness and engagement on the importance of Earth, oceans, politics, and space, and the need for international cooperation to address the challenges we face?

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Sara Sabry

First African, Egyptian, and Arab Astronaut
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Oliver Colom

Former Senior Advisor to French President
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Christina Korp

Astronaut Wrangler / Founder & CEO, SPACE for a Better World
Christina Korp is known as the Astronaut Wrangler. She is an astronaut manager, space advisor, founder of SPACE For a Better World and the president of Purpose Entertainment. For ten years she managed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and launched his foundations – ShareSpace and... Read More →

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Scott Cunningham

Co-Founder, CEO, SDGuild
Scott is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He began his career by developing an education technology & training program for the global franchises of a leading early childhood education company. Now, Scott is a business advisor, board member, and expert in helping companies enter... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Schulte Roth + Zabel LLP
  Space, Policy