The BRIDGES Coalition is excited to take part in the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Forum, taking place on April 18, 2023. The MOST Forum is the space for solutions-oriented debate on how to reset our societies along a more equitable and smarter path. As a humanities-led sustainability science coalition of the MOST program, the BRIDGES Coalition looks forward to making a meaningful contribution to the Forum.
The MOST Forum accompanies the 16th Ordinary Session (April 18-19) of the Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations programme, an intergovernmental science programme that aims to build the knowledge-policy nexus for positive and inclusive social change.
The MOST Forum is organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations programme (President Amb. Dr. Mary M. Khimulu) and the Office of the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO Social and Human Sciences (ADG/SHS Gabriela Ramos). Leading thinkers and policy-makers from a variety of disciplines will gather at UNESCO in Paris, in Room II, from 2:00 to 6:15 pm (GMT +2), on 18 April 2023 for the Forum.
The BRIDGES Coalition will be featured in the final panel of the Forum, taking place on April 18, at 17:00 – 18:15, in Room II.
The final panel of the MOST Forum focused on the BRIDGES Coalition on Sustainability Science will be moderated by Brian Head, President of the MOST Scientific Advisory Committee and Professor of Public Policy, University of Queensland (Australia). Introductory remarks setting the scene for the panel discussion will also be offered by Steven Hartman, the Executive Director of BRIDGES. The BRIDGES panel also includes interventions by: Simon Reid-Henry, Director of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University (UK); Christopher Bail (USA), Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Duke University; Michelle Mycoo (Trinidad and Tobago), IPCC Lead author and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of the West Indies; Carlos Álvarez Pereira (Spain), Vice President, The Club of Rome; Nolita Thuna Mvunelo (South Africa), Program Manager, The Club of Rome; and Gil Eyal (Israel), Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.
Other sessions earlier in the MOST Forum include a High-Level Panel on Drivers of inequality and ways to tackle it and a Think–Tank Roundtable delving deeper into the policy-research nexus, with a continued focus on reducing inequalities. Participating speakers include:
- Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London, and Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)
- Peter Gluckman, President of the International Science Council (ISC)
- Mr Gilles Gressani, President of the Groupe d’études géopolitiques
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Dean at Cape Town University, Founder of Umlambo Foundation, former Executive Director of UN Women, former Deputy President of South Africa
- Kako Nubukpo, Commissioner of Togo at the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), former Minister for Foresight and Public Policy Evaluation of Togo
- Mathias Vicherat, President, SciencesPo
- Dennis Snower, President, Global Solutions Initiative
- Fabrizio Barca, Coordinator of the Forum on Inequalities and Diversity, Former Minister for Territorial Cohesion of Italy
- Laszlo Andor, Vice-President of the MOST Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance, former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
- Silvia Giorguli, President of El Colegio de México, A.C. and Professor at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies
- Wendell Wallach, Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Co-Director of the Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative (AIEI)
- Sandra Jovchelovitch, Director, Social and Cultural Psychology Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, Fellow at the British Psychological Society (online)
- N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, and former President of the MOST Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) (online)
- Ori Heffetz, Associate Professor, S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (online)