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NWO-WOTRO panel UN General Assembly Science Summit on knowledge brokering for SDG coherence


23 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 15:00-17:30 P.M. CEST

While world leaders at the UN General Assembly condemn Russia's war in Ukraine; scientists, funders, civil society, citizens and others are gathering online and in person at the 8th edition of the UNGA77 Science Summit around the 77th United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA77) on 13-30 September 2022.


They are discussing a commitment world leaders made to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations SDGs is the central theme of the UNGA Science Summit.



The Dutch Government's commitment to the SDG's include funding administered by the Dutch Research Agency (NWA) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Interactions and Policy Interventions in Developing Countries research programme which aims to gain new insights into the interdependencies between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the way in which they can influence each other - positively or negatively - and what their effects and impact are on policy interventions.


As a member of the International Supervisory Committee (ISC) of the NWA SDG Interactions and Policy Interventions in Developing Countries International Supervisory Committee (ISC) I will moderate an online session on Friday the 23rd September 2022 at the UN General Assembly Science Summit. The session will bring together knowledge brokers, funders, researchers and policymakers from around the world to share experiences and discuss challenges.



In this session we will document lessons, opportunities and challenges for better connecting research to policy and practice. How can scientific knowledge be made more useful and accessible to policymakers and other stakeholders? Focus will be on knowledge brokering services for promoting sustainable development around the world. We will explore the benefits of interweaving knowledge brokering with the entire research process, rather than planning such activities only at the end of a research programme. Such an iterative approach based on regular policy dialogues will likely enhance both the quality of research and the relevance of its outcomes. However, for this model to work, a proactive and reflective attitude is required from researchers and policymakers alike. Can their expectations be met?

Moderator: Dr Isayvani Naicker

Speakers - Dr Alexandra Ozorio de Almeida - Editor in Chief, Pesquisa (FAPESP) - Dr Violet Murunga - Senior Research and Policy Associate, African Institute for Development Policy - Dr Nicky Pouw - Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam - Jorrit Oppewal - Knowledge Broker International Development, The Broker - Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka - Senior Lecturer, Makerere University - Prof. Dr Gustavo Garcia Lopez - University of Coimbra - Rolla Khadduri - Head of Gender and Social Development, MannionDaniels

We look forward to seeing you online at this important and timely session.


Isayvani Naicker



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