While the COVID-19 pandemic is currently in focus, ongoing problems such as climate change, biodiversity losses, groundwater depletion, pollution and antibiotic resistance, also require collaborative efforts across sectors, disciplines and borders to find and implement solutions. While overall global income inequality has been decreasing, the economic divide within some societies is widening. Issues of food security, widespread accessible energy, clean water, hygiene and health among large sections of the human population are urgent.

We need to act now toward fulfilling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To address these challenges, a total of 240 participants on the conference platform –  young scientists and researchers from across the globe, with representatives from GYA partner organizations –  participated in one or more discussion over 2 weeks in the GYA’s first virtual International Conference of Young Scientists “Heal the Earth: Sustainable Development Goals in a Changing World”.

Conference Outcomes

Conference Statement: GYA Conference Statement ‘Heal the Earth’.

Panel contributions and recorded sessions can be viewed on the GYA youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/GlobalYoungAcademy.

A report on the pre-conference workshop “Open Science from a Global Perspective” can be read here: GYA-UNESCO e-Workshop: Open Science from a Global Perspective | Global Young Academy.

On the occasion of the conference ‘Heal the Earth’, the GYA Working Group Science+Art = Peace and Justice presented a compilation on ‘The Aesthetics of Biodiversity’.