Global Relay on Rethinking Human Development

Key dialogues on Rethinking Human Development, including an ISC-UNDP webinar and a Human Development Global Relay on World Science Day, Tuesday 10 November 2020

Starting on World Science Day for Peace and Development and building on the momentum of the 30-year anniversary of the Human Development Report, our series of dialogues invites everyone on a journey to explore the future of human development thinking.

Watch the recordings of the past dialogues and register your interest for the upcoming webinars planned throughout 2021 below.

If your organization would like to be part of the continued dialogue by organizing a webinar around Rethinking Human development in today’s world, please fill in the online form at the bottom of this page. 

You can also share with us any aspects that you think we have missed in the discussion about Rethinking Human Development by completing this online form.



Main event: ISC-UNDP High-Level Dialogue on Rethinking Human Development


Achim Steiner
UNDP Administrator


Peter Gluckman
President-elect of ISC


Asuncion Lera St. Clair
Senior Principal Scientist at DNV GL Group Technology and Research


Rattan Lal
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
Past President, International Union of Soil Sciences

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Binyam Sisay Mendisu
Program Officer, UNESCO-IICBA


Elisa Reis
Vice President of the ISC


Pedro Conceição
Director of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP


Tolu Olubunmi
Entrepreneur, advocate

Download the webinar’s chat history


📍 Global Relay on Rethinking Human Development

The main event is complemented through a series of dialogues as part of the Global Relay on Rethinking Human Development 📍.

You are invited to participate in the dialogues by registering below, or to organize a dialogue for your community by filling in the online form.

🌏 Asia-Pacific (English) – 10 November, 2020

Watch the recording here.


Mazlan Othman
ISC, Moderator


Aditi Mukherji
International Water Management Institute


Mandy Yap
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research


Eunice Yu
Yawuru Jarndu Aboriginal Corporation


Yanfen Wang
University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

🌍 Sub-Saharan Africa (English) – 10 November, 2020

From the Ground to the Galaxy – Rethinking Human Development for the Today’s World


Connie Nshemereirwe
Independent Science and Policy Facilitator, Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy


Carolina Odman
Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, University of the Western Cape


Kevin Govender
Office of Astronomy for Development


Richard Glover
(Closing remarks)
Programme Specialist, International Science Council regional office for Africa


Daniel Nyanganyura
(Opening remarks)
Director, International Science Council regional office for Africa


Alison Meston
(Moderator)
Communications Director, International Science Council

🌍 Brazil (Portuguese) – 10 November, 2020

The Brazilian Academy of Sciences (Academia Brasileira de Ciências) joined the Global Relay to discuss the challenges facing human development.


Francisco Ferreira
Economist, Professor | London School of Economics | Formerly at World Bank


Eduardo Faerstein
Doctor | Department of Epidemiology of the Institute of Social Medicine of UERJ


Ricardo Ventura Santos
Anthropologist | National School of Public Health


Luiz Davidovich
President, Brazilian Academy of Sciences


Elisa Reis
ISC Vice-President

🌍 New Zealand – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 Malaysia (Malay) – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 Africa (French) – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌏 Mongolia – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 Iran – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 Yemen – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 Germany – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌍 India – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌎 Colombia – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

🌎 Canada – coming in 2021

Continuing the dialogue in 2021. Details and registration TBA

Opportunities to organize your own Rethinking Human Development dialogue

Would your organization like to be part of the dialogue by organizing a webinar around Rethinking Human development in today’s world?  If so, please fill in the form below. 

We are encouraging ISC members such as Academies, Scientific Unions and Associations and Research Councils, universities and practitioners in the fields of science around Human Development to read our publication Conversations on Rethinking Human Development and to consider the questions and ideas it poses for Human Development in today’s world.


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