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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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Wednesday, September 20 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Innovation and sustainability in agriculture - do we need a new discourse? (200909)

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Food and food security are central
to all societies. The relationship between food security and socio-political stability has been well documented and has become painstakingly clear since the Russian aggression with its impact on soaring food prices. If we add to this the effects of climate change, we can understand why this is going to be one of the most important challenges of our time.

Unfortunately, whilst the stakes get higher, the debate around food, agriculture, sustainability and innovation seems to get evermore polarized, which prevents the creation of effective solutions to the intricate issues we are currently facing.

The shifting global context surrounding food systems, innovation and new technologies underline the need for a thorough rethinking of the operation of our global agricultural systems; the development of resilience to both climate change and geopolitical shocks; and the incorporation of innovation as tool for improvements in such settings.

The panel will discuss the need to develop new narratives towards the role of innovation and new technologies in achieving sustainability in food production, how to counter the increasing polarization of the debate and how to ensure that voices from all world regions are heard. It will also examine the role new approaches such as agroecology can play to advance towards a new consensus in ensuring sustainable food production in times of volatile geopolitics under the Damocles-sword of climate change.

Erika Staël von Holstein, CEO Re-Imagine Europa

Urs Niggli, President Institute of Agroecology
Vincent Martin, Director Office of Innovation FAO
Mildred Nabah Pita, Head Public Affairs Science Sustainability Africa, Bayer AG
Petronella Chaminuka, Impact and Partnerships Division, Agriculture Research Council of South Africa
V. Ravichandran, Farmer from India, Director of the Board of the Global Farmer Network

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Petronella Chaminuka

Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships Unit, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa
Dr Petronella Chaminuka is the Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships, and also leads the Economic Analysis Unit of the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. Petronella is energetic and driven by a passion to build the capacity for scientific research amongst young... Read More →
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Mildred Nabah Pita

a Business Executive currently serving as the Head of Public Affairs Science and Sustainability Africa for Bayer Crop Science Division, BAYER
Mildred Nadah Pita is a Business Executive currently serving as the Head of Public Affairs Science and Sustainability Africa for Bayer Crop Science Division. She will debate the role of innovation and new technologies, emphasising social innovation and discussing the importance of Africa and India's smallholders as the ideal testing ground for new tailor-made technologies for developing countries... Read More →
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Vincent Martin

Director of Innovation FAO
Vincent Martin is currently the director of FAO's innovation office. He has over two decades of experience in International Development, Global Health, Food and Nutrition Security, Epidemiology, and Humanitarian Affairs. Mr Martin will address the role of the Global South in shaping the future of food production and the role of the Unit... Read More →
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Professor Urs Niggli

President, Institute of Agroecology
Professor Urs Niggli is the president of agroecology.science, the Institute of Sustainable Food and Farming Systems, established in 2020, where he works on several projects with food producers, retailers, and charitable foundations. Prof. Niggli will discuss the role of new technologies in advancing sustainability and their development wit... Read More →
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V. Ravichandran

President of the Global Farmer Network
V. Ravichandran is president of the Global Farmer Network and owner of a sixty-acre farm at Poongulam Village in Tamil Nadu, India, where he grows rice, sugar cane, cotton and pulses (small grains). He will speak on the need to adapt technological advancements to the needs of the local society and on how to develop useful narratives and ini... Read More →
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Erika Staël von Holstein

Chief Executive of the European Think Tank Re-Imagine Europa.
Erika Staël von Holstein is the Chief Executive of the European Think Tank Re-Imagine Europa. She has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. Ms Staël von Holstein will chair the panel, introducing the speakers and contributing through Re-Imagine Europa's e... Read More →

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Sebastien Nolens

Event Manager, Re-imagine Europe
Sebastien is RE-IMAGINE EUROPA’s Event Manager. He has 10 years of experience in institutional events and a Master in Communications (IHECS, 2005).After entering the sector via Brussels’ Convention Bureau, he explored the other side, working for leading EU events contractor where... Read More →

Wednesday September 20, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT