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#SciDipTalks | Science Diplomacy in the Global South: Challenges and opportunities

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How does science diplomacy mature in the Global South? Discover important insights from developing countries on the challenges and opportunities emanating from science diplomacy in the Covid-19 aftermath!

Crucial issues in developing countries - economic growth, sustainability, agriculture, attracting talent - are underpinned by science and technology development. As such, science diplomacy takes on a notable role: first, to increase their influence and input into global issues, and second, to build connective links with other nations.

As developing countries begin to embrace science diplomacy, a new perspective emerges reflecting the Global South’s specific history and particular needs. How does the developing world, in its complexity, view science diplomacy? Why is science diplomacy important in Africa and Latin America?

Speakers for this event include:

  • Introduction: Alexis Roig. Chief Executive Officer of SciTech DiploHub (Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub), Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), and Affiliated Faculty at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
  • Eimar Karar. Advisor to the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of Sudan and Senior Advisor of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
  • Kimberly Portmess. Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Coordinator at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Scientific Research and Advanced Technology Services.
  • Raymond Saner. Director of DiplomacyDialogue, Geneva. Titular Professor in Organisation and International Management, University of Basel and Co-founder of CSEND, Geneva, an ECOSOC accredited NGO in special consultative status.
  • Britta Rennkamp. Senior researcher in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group, and Senior Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative, at the University of Cape Town.
  • Moderator: Anna Ayuso. Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and Affiliated Faculty at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

This is the third event of the 2021 #SciDipTalks series. SciTech DiploHub - Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub and Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) have partnered with other leading organizations to put forward 3 free online lectures with world-class experts that will explore climate change after covid-19, the global governance of genome editing, and science diplomacy in the global south. Thank you for joining us.

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    Eiman Karar Senior Advisor @ United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

    Advisor to the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of Sudan and Senior Advisor of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

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    Anna Ayuso Senior Researcher @ Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

    Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and Affiliated Faculty at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

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    Raymond Saner Director @ DiplomacyDialogue

    Raymond Saner, Director of DiplomacyDialogue, Geneva. Titular Professor in Organisation and International Management, University of Basel and Co-founder of CSEND, Geneva, an ECOSOC accredited NGO in special consultative status

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    Kimberly Portmess Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Coordinator @ Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

    Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Coordinator at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Scientific Research and Advanced Technology Services.

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    Britta Rennkamp Senior Fellow @ African Climate and Development Initiative, at the University of Cape Town

    Senior researcher in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Group, and Senior Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative, at the University of Cape Town.

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Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, is a pioneering nonprofit public-private partnership backed by leading research centers, universities, startups, and public institutions that positions Barcelona as a global lab in science diplomacy for cities around the world.