The Academy as an IAP member, represented by Dr. Hussein Shanak, participated in the InterAcademy Partnerships 2019 Conference and General Assembly (9-10 April 2019), hosted by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)– the global network of national science, medical and engineering academies – in collaboration with the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), in Incheon, Korea.
The conference 'Science and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Academies' was attended by policy practitioners, leading scholars working at the science-policy interface, and delegates from around 140 science, health and engineering academies from around the world.
The objectives of the conference were to understand and enhance the role of science in supporting and achieving the 17 United Nations goals for sustainable development, and how academies around the world can play this role as well as to review the opportunities for the integration of academies into the UN system. The conference also aims to discuss how the academies can meet and respond to the growing expectations required of them. The aim of the conference was to define a plan of action for the academies to implement locally and internationally, in addition for the need to exchange experiences among international science academies in order to facilitate the implementation of the goals of sustainable development.
The conference participants discussed, in specific sessions identified by the conference Scientific Committee, the role of academies in the 21st Century and how academies should evolve to respond to today’s pressing sustainable development challenges and to strengthen evidence-informed policymaking at global, regional and national levels, in addition to sessions on artificial intelligence and food and nutrition security and agriculture.
The conference was followed by the IAP General Assembly, a closed session for representatives of IAP member academies, where administrative and financial reports were presented, strategy and executive plan for the next planning period (2019-2021) were approved, new member academies were admitted, and the new executive board was elected.