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Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, DC, 12-15 December 2022

ISC and partners will organise a series of side events focussing on the contribution of science to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and its outcomes taking place in Washington on 12-15 December 2022. The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement

                       The programme is in development, so please monitor it for updates

The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.

ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
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Vid Beldavs

Riga Photonics Centre
Chairman and Session Convener
Riga, Latvia
Vidvuds (Vid) Beldavs Chairman of the Board of Riga Photonics Centre advancing light sciences and technologies for Latvia; futurist. Board member of ACES Worldwide. Convenor of the following SSUNGA77 sessions:
  • Recovery of Ukraine’s science and innovation capacity after the fossil fuel war
  • Managing peatlands in Latvia to meet UN sustainable development goals and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Pan-African initiative to build research and innovation capacity to achieve SDG7 for Africa
  • Recasting the Space Agenda - Convened by Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
  •  Space science, technology and sustainable civilian development

Advisor to the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), Member of Board of Directors of Alliance for
Cooperation in the Exploration of Space, Co-Founder of the International Lunar Decade Working Group; Chair of the International Conference on Cooperation in Space Technologies 2014 (ICCST) that promoted cooperation in space between the Baltic Sea Region and Africa; initiator and consultant to the International Baltic Economic Commission (IBEC) organized by Hudson Institute for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to develop an action plan to transition to market economies in 1990-1992. Prior service included business trends advisor for Cummins a global manufacturer of power systems, Vice President – Intelligent Resources International, Executive Director Technology Transfer Society, other roles including publishing, and ounded several not-for-profit organizations – US-Africa Literary Foundation to promote African writers, New Leaf-New Life (criminal justice reform Bloomington, Indiana), Futuristics Study Group (community futures forum in Columbus, Indiana). American citizen semi-retired in Latvia.