United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Session 1: STI Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Tue 04 May 2021, 9.45 am
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Interprefy) (UN webcast

This session will explore lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for a better science-policy-society interface, a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery, and rapid solutions for global challenges. This will include reflections on the response of the scientific community to the pandemic, its impact on open science, building trust in science, support for the economic and social recovery, including through the creative economy, advancement of gender equality as well as lessons-learned on how to better harness science and technology to resolve global challenges.  

Webcast video:


  • H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations


  • Mr. Vaughan Turekian, Senior Director, US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (TFM 10-Member Group)


  • Mr. Jeremy James Farrar, Director, The Wellcome Trust
  • Ms. Nísia Verônica Trindade Lima, President, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil
  • Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ms. Dina Dellyana, Coordinator, Global Center of Excellence and International Cooperation for Creative Economy (G-CINC), Indonesia

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders)

  • Mr. Boris Meshchanov, Counsellor, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Riitta Maijala, Finland
  • Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO 
  • Ms. Kirthi Jayakumar, Saahas [Statement]

Other input (no intervention):