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Tuesday, October 23 • 11:45am - 1:15pm
Mobilizing the global science community to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean

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Organizing Institutions:
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) – the global network of science, engineering and medical academies – is the primary organiser.
Its regional network, the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and the Global Young Academy (GYA) are participating partners.

Abstract
Adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are unprecedented in scope and significance.  Whether poor, rich or middle-income, countries have promised to promote peace and human well-being whilst protecting the planet.
The timeframe for delivery is 2030. This may sound realistic, but two years into the 15-year process, many people have still never heard of the SDGs; others think they only apply to the developing world.  According to a 2017 survey of national, merit-based academies, awareness of the SDGs is limited and the UN processes overseeing them are perceived to be complex and confusing, providing further disincentive to get involved.  As established parts of their national science systems, academies can play a vital role in supporting the SDGs, as can all scholars in all disciplines, to help ensure that the best knowledge is applied to their implementation and help make the SDGs a reality by 2030.  
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the global network of science, engineering and medical academies, is endeavouring to raise awareness of the SDGs and explore opportunities to support them more effectively through its three-year project Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking. A key project output is a 20 page booklet - Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals: a Guide for Merit-Based Academies – which sets out how academies and academics can support the SDGs nationally, regionally and globally, together with an overview of relevant UN processes and structures.   The guide complements other recent why, when and how guides targeted at universities and industry, all designed to align their respective communities more closely to the SDGs.  Similarly, the Global Young Academy and National Young Academies have produced a statement on their potential role in supporting the SDGs, to help mobilise their members and prospective partners.
This thematic session will explore how the academies and the next generation of science leaders can support the SDGs, focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean. There are 19 national science academies and three regional academies in the Americas, networked under the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS), and the Project is endeavouring to mobilise them and build sustained links with UN regional bodies.  Engaging with the next generation of leaders is especially important, in the absence of any national young academies in the region.

Speakers
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Martin Candanedo

Dean of Civil Engineering, Technological University of Panama
Martin Candanedo went to Ohio State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Photogrammetry. He furthered his education and later received his Doctorial Degree in Remote Sensing. He currently works with the Technological University of Panama where he is the Dean of Civil... Read More →
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Alex Godoy

Director of the Center for Sustainability Research and Strategic Resource Management
Director of the Center for Sustainability Research and Strategic Resource Management, and Academic Director of the Master's program in Sustainability Management in the School of Engineering at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. He is also a research associate for the Water Research... Read More →
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Teresa Stoepler

Executive director of the InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R)
Executive director of the InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R), a multinational organization of science academies that provides advice to international organizations and national governments. She is also a senior program officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences... Read More →
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Sandra López Verges

Health researcher at the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies (ICGES)
Dr. Sandra López Verges received her Bachelor in Biochemistry (2001), her Master degree in Microbiology speciality Virology (2003) and her Ph.D. in Microbiology speciality Virology (2007) at the Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Ulm and Pasteur Institute... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:45am - 1:15pm
Salón Darién Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall