On 27 September 2023, i~HD president Dipak Kalra will be giving a remote presentation to the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly.

UNGA 78 will be the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the UN’s most representative deliberative and policy-making organ. Its annual session, where all 193 member states of United Nations gather, begins in September of every year, welcoming heads of state and government, as well as other senior government officials, to the UN Headquarters in New York, where they discuss and address various global issues, make decisions on international matters and set policies. 

The Science Summit at the UN General Assembly has is origins in the Global Science Summit which was hosted by the European Parliament under the Chairmanship of Sean Kelly MEP in 2013. The Summit will examine what enabling policy, regulatory and financial environments are needed to implement and sustain the science mechanisms required to support genuinely global scientific collaborations across continents, nations and themes. Scientific discovery through the analysis of massive data sets is at hand. This data-enabled approach to science, research and development will be necessary if the SDGs are to be achieved.

During the session scheduled at 3:30 – 3:45 PM (US Eastern Standard Time), Prof. Kalra will be introducing the proposal for a societal compact on the reuse of health data for research, which was developed jointly by i~HD and the Digital Health Society chair Bleddyn Rees. You can find this report, and their other joint reports, in our knowledge centre