Four Doctor/PhD members of the Institut de diplomatie publique have been involved in important UN events over the past week.
In order to show how new public diplomacy has been contributing to the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Institute participated in the Science Summit at the 78th United Nations General Assembly.
The event took place in New York, USA, on September 12 -29, in parallel with the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, and focused on the role and contribution of science in achieving the SDGs and the Agenda 2030.
O. Weretelnik, Doctor/PhD member of the Institute, states: "The aim of the Summit was not only to discuss the political, regulatory and other conditions for scientific mechanisms to operate globally and effectively in support of achieving the SDGs but also to boost collaboration across nations for the generation and sharing of research, development and data, specifically on the themes that compose Agenda 2030".
This global event featured an impressive line-up of 1,500 speakers from around the world, making it a momentous occasion in the realms of science and diplomacy.
There were more than 300 lecture sessions, 200 of them held both online and in person, and the rest only online.
Nissi Ikenna-Amadi, PhD, attended the Science Summit at the 78th United Nations General Assembly through the Institute for Public Diplomacy as it member, including three other doctorate members of the institute. The science summit focused on the role and contribution of science in achieving the SDGs and the Agenda 2030.
During the summit, Dr. Ikenna-Amadi underscores the significance of international collaboration in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges such as promoting innovation and prioritizing resources to encourage women’s involvement in the implementation of global policies.
Recounting her experience of the summit, which she described as “epic”, Dr Ikenna-Amadi expressed how inclusion is the way forward and that everyone has potential; the physically challenged, the vulnerable, the oppressed, the deprived, or the poor. She urged us not to let racism, ego, or status blind our views. And encouraged creating an environment that allows people to bring their best to the table irrespective of their status (economic, environmental, educational, social or political).
She went further to say “We all have voices, let’s speak and make our world beautiful for habitation.”
The Institute actively participated in the Summit, contributing to discussions on reducing inequalities, climate change, gender equality, digital transformation, and cultural cooperation.