The Need for International Scientific Cooperation and Multilateralism

More than ever before global complex problems require global multilateral solutions sought with joint efforts of the research community worldwide. There is a need for international scientific cooperation and multilateralism, based on key principles of dialogue, inclusion, and solidarity to ensure sustainable and prosperous future for all.

IIASA organizes this Science Diplomacy Event to discuss the crucial role of the international scientific cooperation in enabling researchers to access additional expertise and gain new perspectives on research, unlocking scientific discoveries, and promoting scientific advancement for the benefit and interest of all humankind.

This event will also look into how international scientific cooperation helps countries to build stronger relations and how it contributes with evidence-based solutions to international negotiations.

Program:

17:00-17:10 Welcome remarks by

  • H.E. Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria
  • Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Michael Clegg, Chair of the Council of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

17:10-17:15 Opening speech by

  • H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, 8th UN Secretary-General, Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

17:15-17:30 Keynote presentation by

  • H.E. Tarja Halonen, 11th President of the Republic of Finland, Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation

17:30-17:45 Keynote presentation by

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

17:45-18:45 Panel Discussion “International scientific cooperation as a sine qua non for the global sustainable development” with 

  • H.E. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (tbc)
  • Sir Peter Gluckman, President of the International Science Council (ISC)
  • H.E. Tarja Halonen, 11th President of the Republic of Finland, Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation
  • Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Paul W. Meerts, Senior Research Associate at Clingendael – Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Visiting Professor at College of Europe in Bruges
  • Teresa Indjein, Director General for International Cultural Relations at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria (Moderator) (tbc)

18:45-18:50 Closing remarks by

  • Sir Peter Gluckman, President of the International Science Council (ISC)

19:00 Reception

This is an in-person event with mandatory prior registration for participation. Registration is open till 25 May 2022.

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