Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy

The ISC was honoured to have Flavia Schlegel serve as its first Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy.

Appointed in 2019 to strengthen the ISC’s vision to advance science as a global public good, Flavia Schlegel assisted in building the ISC’s identity and presence at the highest political levels within the UN and other global policy fora, such as the G20. She played a pivotal role in the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform, Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a post-COVID World,and the G20’s science programme, Foresight: Science for Navigating Critical Transitions hosted by Saudi Arabia.

The Special Envoy position ended at the close of 2020, but the model for such a role opens many future possibilities for the ISC.

 ‘We need a “multilateral science” organization, bringing the full power, creativity and knowledge of the science community in all its diversity to the table. Success in overcoming the pandemic will not lie in one discipline or in one approach in one region or country, but in bringing the natural and social sciences, the scientists, and the policy makers closer together across the globe. In this way the ISC plays a pivotal role in contributing to set norms and standards, or global agreement on how to cooperate internationally in a more and more polarized world.’

Flavia Schlegel, Special Envoy for Science in Global Policy

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