25 November 2019

IIASA co-hosts global science diplomacy forum

IIASA will co-host a high-level forum bringing together science advisors to ministers of foreign affairs from across the world and other experts in the practice, theory, and discussion of science diplomacy.

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The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatische Akademie Wien), and the Natural History Museum Vienna are jointly hosting meetings of the Foreign Ministries Science and Technology Advisors Network (FMSTAN) and the Science Policy in Diplomacy and External Relations (SPIDER) network in Vienna and Laxenburg on 25-26 November 2019. 

Increasing the input of evidence-based science and technology into policy development and implementation is essential to overcoming many of the challenges the global community currently faces. In an increasingly trans-boundary world with constantly emerging complexities evidence-based information is vital for informed decision-making about foreign affairs. 

The FMSTAN/SPIDER meeting will be attended by over 60 science advisors to ministers of foreign affairs. Leading experts will help drive, shape and develop the global discussion around the roles, advantages, and opportunities of using tools of science diplomacy in foreign affairs and in helping government officials dealing with external relations to fulfill their tasks.   

The event will offer a range of thematic sessions as well as two high-level panel discussions on "The role of science in international security policies" and "Challenges for science diplomacy in the current geopolitical environment".  

Speakers include: 

Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT); Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA); Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat of Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA); Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), President-elect of the International Science Council; Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO); Vaughan Turekian, Executive Director of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 5th Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State, and former Chief International Officer and Director of the Center for Science Diplomacy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Elena Buglova, Head of Incident and Emergency Center, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Stephan Klement, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna; Aminata Sall Diallo, Project Manager of Alignment of Higher Education in economic needs, Senegal Emerging Plan, Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, and former Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Research of Senegal; Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI); Walid Zidan, Administrative Director of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME); and Olga Memedovic, Deputy Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

IIASA Director General and CEO Albert van Jaarsveld and Director General for International Cultural Relations at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Teresa Indjein will address the audience with keynote speeches on "IIASA as a trust-builder between nations" and "Science Diplomacy reloaded. The aesthetics and dynamics of a new element in Austrian Foreign Policy", respectively. 

Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, New York, Jeffrey Sachs will deliver a lecture on "Science, diplomacy, and the SDGs".


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