The ISC is delighted to share a special invitation for national academies of sciences (natural, social, humanities, medical and others) to a series of special online sessions dedicated to the “Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy” report launched recently at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
What we will cover
This session will be specifically looking at Part 2 for the report: Lessons and Recommendations and will equip National Academies to respond to policy makers on the following:
- Lessons for global equality, including health system access and recovery of education
- Understanding risks, with a focus on reframing actionable measures to address acute needs as well as remaining vigilant to existential risks
- Trust and public mobilization, particularly on the issue of misinformation and the “infodemic” and transparency in decision-making
- The role of science diplomacy, including the investing in science for the public good
- Science advice and resilience building, including communication and “risk listening”
- Multilateral system and addressing structural weaknesses, as well as looking at the role of civil society and the private sector
Who should attend
Presidents and CEOs or General Secretaries; ISC focal points; Public Affairs or International Affairs focal points; Directors of Communication; of National Academies of sciences, humanities, health or medicine.
ISC Science Officer
Special Address (video recording)
WHO Chief Scientist
ISC Vice-President for Outreach and Engagement
Prof Sir Stephen Holgate CBE FMedSci
MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine, Southampton
About the report:
Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy calls for the UN to establish a new Science Advice Mechanism to help curtail the impact of the pandemic and better coordinate across sectors and the UN system for future global emergencies.
The report considers three potential scenarios through the year 2027, primarily determined by the evolution of the virus, and the global uptake and coverage of effective vaccines. In the most likely scenario, COVID-19 will have worsened inequalities in health, economics, development, science and technology, and society. COVID-19 will have become an endemic disease worldwide, and low-income states risk health system collapse and growing food insecurity. Mental health concerns will grow even further.
We must not take a narrow view of the pandemic or minimize its impacts beyond public health, otherwise inequities will grow, and the broader consequences will be felt in every society in every country.
Already, the launch has proven results, with strengthened relationships with the WHO and UNDRR, and it’s now time to share our ambition with ISC Members and the broader community which includes academies of health and medicine.Peter Gluckman, President, ISC
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