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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 15 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
[SOCIAL EVENT by invitation only] Changemakers Lunch: Fostering Transformative Change: Strategic Investment in Health Research Across Africa FULL

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The imperative to align investment in health research in Africa stems from recognising several critical factors that underscore the significance of coordinated efforts in this domain. The convergence of philanthropic organizations, scientific leadership, and industry stakeholders towards a shared vision and strategy serves as a strategic imperative for the following reasons:

Africa is beset with many intricate health challenges, ranging from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases and limited healthcare infrastructure. The alignment of investments facilitates the pooling of resources, expertise, and knowledge required to tackle these multifaceted health issues comprehensively. In addition, coordinated investment ensures the efficient allocation of resources. Duplication of efforts and wastage of resources can be minimized through strategic collaboration, leading to optimized utilization of funding and research capabilities.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth ambitious targets for global health improvement. Alignment of investment in health research in Africa is pivotal for advancing progress towards these goals, as scientific breakthroughs and evidence-based interventions are more likely to be achieved through concerted efforts.

Collaborative investment promotes the development and strengthening of research capacity within Africa. By providing resources for training, infrastructure, and technology, alignment supports the cultivation of local expertise and empowers African researchers to lead in addressing their region's health challenges. Further, collaboration fosters cross-pollination of ideas and expertise, spurring innovation. Diverse stakeholders bring varied perspectives, which can lead to novel approaches and solutions in health research, ultimately benefiting the population in Africa and beyond. The alignment of investment enables a comprehensive approach to pandemic preparedness. By integrating research, infrastructure development, and resource allocation, stakeholders can collectively fortify Africa's healthcare systems against potential health crises.

Sustainable solutions to health challenges require long-term investment and commitment. Alignment fosters a cohesive, enduring approach that transcends short-term funding cycles, ensuring a lasting impact on health outcomes in Africa. Health challenges are global concerns, and addressing them demands collective responsibility. Alignment of investment underscores the shared commitment of various stakeholders to improve health equity, access, and outcomes in Africa.

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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Nicola Mulder

Professor, Head of Computational Biology, University of Cape Town, H3ABioNet
I head the Computational Biology Division at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and am a full member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine.I lead H3ABioNet, a Pan African Bioinformatics Network of 28 institutions in 17 countries, which is developing bioinformatics... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2023 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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