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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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Thursday, September 21 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
[VIRTUAL] Governance and Civic Participation (210901)

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Civic participation enhances the effectiveness of governance and serves as a core foundation to building people-centered regulations and data management. It enhances the prospects of building consensus on key policies, leading to more effective policy implementation and strengthening the relationship between citizens and government. Participation fosters accountability of policy makers, leading to better governance and thus better policies responding to people's needs and demands. The session features practitioners from multilateral banks, regional organizations, cooperatives, and civic organizations. They will discuss ways in which citizen participation can help shape regional tech governance and people-centered digital regulations.

  • Liz Barry, Chief Operating Officer, The Computational Democracy Project
  • Astrid Scholz, Managing Partner, Armillaria & co-Founder Zebras Unite Co-op
  • Elaine Wang, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolis Global
  • Alexandr Holt, Head of Emerging Opportunities, Digital Directorate - Scottish Government
  • Anastasia Kalanina, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Office, reState Foundation


Elaine Wang

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolis Global

Alexander Holt

International Ecosystems Lead / GovTech Global Alliance co-chair, Scottish Government
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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 →

Jascha Stein

CEO, Particip.ai

Cosmas Zavazava

ITU-Development Bureau Director: Innovation Hubs and Policy Development Microsoft Speaker

John Havens

Managing Editor IEEE Planet Positive – the role of Technical and Professional Associations

Nitin Badjatia

SVP, CX Solutions, SAP

Anastasia Kalinina

Chief Executive Office, reState.Global Foundation
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Astrid Scholz

Co-Founder and COO, Armillaria
Dr. Astrid J. Scholz is co-founder of Armillaria, a system design and technology collective dedicated to creating global, distributed, democratic infrastructure for mobilizing the knowledge, people, and capital required to solve today’s wicked problems (see https://trillions.gl... Read More →
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Liz Barry

Head of Partnerships, The Computational Democracy Project
Helping people self-organize around questions at scale is a hallmark of my professional practice. Through my work designing collaborative on/offline cultures, thousands of people have come together to succeed in beautiful and previously impossible missions. My initiatives are often... Read More →

Jauad El Kharraz

Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Christine Asjoma

UN Science Summit Digital Regulation Dialog Convenor, People Centered Internet

Thursday September 21, 2023 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT