SRI Inkundla #2: Building Peace for Sustainability through Science

Dates: 28 March 2022 – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm South Africa Standard Time (SAST) 31 March 2022 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm South Africa Standard Time (SAST)
SRI Inkundla #2: Building Peace for Sustainability through Science

Join The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI)* for the second SRI Inkundla,** which will strive to build bridges between the sciences, sectors, community members, and countries by focusing on the power of science to transcend conflict and foster peaceful transitions to sustainability.

The event will offer two interactive conversations with different speakers with both academic and lived experience in advancing peaceful dialogue through science.

SRI Event poster with image of flock of birds

👉 To watch the recording of Part 1 of this conversation, first sign up here.

Sustainability is a frame for transformation that inspires society to restructure towards a just, equitable future for all that includes effective custodianship of our planet’s resources. Progress towards sustainability is not immediate and never solitary. The pathways towards transformation of policies and practices rely on collaborative, open dialogue and an appreciation for all perspectives to find common solutions, especially in times of competition and conflict. In fact one may argue that peace, justice and strong institutions is not just one of the goals of sustainability but a prerequisite to achieving it. Given the strong scientific and societal foundations for sustainability and the pivotal role science diplomacy can play in building collaborations and co-constructing informed, lasting solutions, the open science platform is critical to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

*This SRI Inkundla is organized in collaboration with the International Science Council (ISC), together with the Science in Exile initiative (SiE)*, and Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS).

**Inkundla is a South African English word originating from isiXhosa and isiZulu that refers to a gathering of the people of the village or area, held in the public courtyard at the gate of the cattle enclosure. By naming these pre-Congress events Inkundlas, SRI aims to highlight the collaborative, inclusive and engaging nature of the Congress, while honoring the traditions and culture of the 2022 host, South Africa.

👉 Full list of speakers for both events

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