ISC is delighted to share this weekly update highlighting the ISC events including a Scientific and Technological Community Major Group side event at the 2022 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) as well as additional events and calls for nominations.

Please also note, a gentle reminder for Members to participate in the statutory approval of the 2021 accounts: https://council.science/members/approval-of-the-2021-isc-audited-accounts/ (Password:  Accounts2021% ) by 31 July 2022.

Events happening this week

1. Join us on 7 July for a Scientific and Technological Community Major Group side event at the 2022 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) titled “SDG midterm review: what have we learned from implementation to date? How can we fast-track progress?”

As we are approaching the midpoint in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world is still dealing with the unprecedented and cascading impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by the harrowing consequences of war in Europe and other conflicts around the world, as well as by dangerous systemic risks due to climate change and other related environmental crises.
Register for the session to be held on Thursday, 7 July, 11:30 UTC | 13:30 CEST: https://council.science/events/sdg-midterm-review/

2. Attend the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters or online on Friday, 8 July 2022.

The ISC is proud to be supporting the International Year, recognizing that basic sciences are vital to attain sustainable development and to improve the quality of life for people all over the world.

Discover the Opening Ceremony Program: https://www.iybssd2022.org/en/opening-ceremony-program/
Register and watch the livestream: https://www.iybssd2022.org/en/home/

Join us next week at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) online and in Leiden, Netherlands

The ISC is excited to be partnering with the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe, for and with society. The main theme of the 10th edition of ESOF2022 is “Crossing Borders, Engaged Science, Resilient Societies”.

For those attending, the ISC is hosting a lunch on Friday 15 July. Please visit https://council.science/esof/ to register. 

ISC Members receive a special discount code: 1NT3RN4T10N4L2022 when registering for the ESOF conference. Members are invited to register here: https://www.esof.eu/registration/. If you have any issues with the code, please contact gabriela.ivan@council.science.

The ISC is already planning engagements in regional meetings in other parts of the world, including the World Science Forum in South Africa and more to be announced in 2023.

Call for nominations: Scientific Committee of the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme

The ISC and its Affiliated Body, Urban Health and Wellbeing (UHWB), are pleased to invite nominations to serve on the Scientific Committee of the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme. The Scientific Committee will define the strategic and thematic priorities of the UHWB programme within the frame of its new science plan 2021-2025, as it continues its work in advancing new urban sciences and systems approaches for a better understanding of cities as complex systems and of how urban environments impact health and wellbeing.

Members are invited to send nominations until 29 July by submitting the following online form https://council.science/current/news/call-for-nominations-uhwb-sc/.

Nominate reviewers: the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

The International Science Council has been asked by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to lead a scientific review of the draft 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). We are delighted to invite Members to be a part of this scientific review process by nominating expert reviewers.

The GSDR aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. We invite nominations of reviewers who are active in sustainability research, with an emphasis on trans-disciplinary approaches, policy expertise and who have knowledge of international/UN processes.

Members are invited to nominate reviewers until 20 July by submitting the following online form https://council.science/nominations-gsdr-2023/. As the process is aimed at achieving a balance of perspectives and expertise, we would like to encourage our Members to submit nominations taking into account age, gender and geographical balance. More than one nomination can be submitted. The selected reviewers will be invited to review the full report during the September-October 2022 period and other experts may be sought to participate in the process in order to ensure diversity and representation of expertise. Reviewers will act in a personal capacity.

All opportunities and updates for ISC Members can be found on the ISC Membership Notice Board: https://council.science/members/membership-notice-board/
We continue to stand ready to amplify and share your events, e-learning courses or podcasts, as well as calls for nominations, vacancies and other opportunities and initiatives with the ISC community via our website and social media channels. Please let us know so we can share your information and contributions.
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