The World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) and the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) are conducting an e-conference "Strategies for Transformative Global Leadership" on June 15-19, 2020 in partnership with IAP. The conference will include Role of Academies: Addressing Global Social Challenges, a special session featuring successful initiatives of IAP and its member academies to promote global social transformation in different fields. This session will take place on 18 June 2020 (03:00 PM - 04:30 PM CET), to attend register here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UneuPZJZQxuO3EjNyo7tew.
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Humanity is presently facing a nexus of challenges of unparalleled scope, magnitude and complexity. COVID-19 is only the most visible and immediately impactful challenge, posing severe threats to the health, wellbeing, livelihoods and economic security of untold millions around the world. The urgency of this crisis has nearly eclipsed attention to other immanent threats to human security—global warming, war, financial instability, economic insecurity, rising inequality, revival of the arms race, the retreat from democracy, uncontrolled migration, disruptive emerging technologies, declining confidence in science and public institutions, populism, and polarization of society. The unparalleled series of asymmetric shocks they impose can only be effectively addressed by concerted, coordinated multilateral action by and on behalf of all nations in the world community and our international agencies for global governance. New ideas and strategies are urgently needed to reverse reactionary trends and direct global society toward a new paradigm in human development.