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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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Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) aims to further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for sustainable development globally. The OAD is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

With the idea that we are all “under one sky”, the OAD stimulates and supports grassroots efforts around the world that use astronomy to promote sustainable development. Examples include astro-tourism programs that train and equip rural communities to benefit economically from their dark skies, projects that employ star-gazing to improve mental health (shift from a fixation on own feelings to a larger perspective), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) programs for schools centred on the exciting topics of astronomy and space.

The OAD provides grants to anyone in the world with an idea to improve lives using astronomy. Our next call for proposals will launch in April 2023. Contact us for more information info@astro4dev.org.