Our work with international governments has formed collaborations around the world.
PSPDG is a member group of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
United Nations, Major Group for Children and Youth
Tori Lovins, PSPDG Diplomacy Deputy
Ambika Natesan, PSPDG Communications Chair
Anne Fosnocht, PSPDG Blog Director
Shannon Wolfman, PSPDG
Matt Malencia, PSPDG
Hong-Mei Li, PSPDG
PSPDG members, led by PSPDG Diplomacy Deputy Tori Lovins, attended the United Nation’s 2019 Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum as part of our ongoing collaboration with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth. Members were able to attend plenary sessions, as well as side events where they participated in discussions about the role of science in achieving equity for developing nations and other stakeholders. PSPDG member Matt Malencia was able to give an intervention on the floor of the UN, resulting in PSPDG-generated language being included in the official summary document for the Forum. This document will be used during the UN’s next High Level Political Forum, at which time representatives from member-state countries will come together to examine the progress made by the UN as a whole in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals.
Enrique Lin Shiao, PSPDG
Marga Gual Soler, AAAS
Román Macaya Hayes, Costa Rican Ambassador to US
Led by PSPDG co-president Enrique Lin Shiao, members of PSPDG have visited the Costa Rican Embassy, and Roman Macaya Hayes, Costa Rican Ambassador to the US, has spoken at a number of PSPDG events, including as the keynote speaker of the 2017 Penn Science Policy and Diplomacy Symposium. The partnership has resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Penn’s Center for Global Health, the international arm of Penn Medicine, and the Costa Rican Ministry of Health to promote mutual cooperation in health research and education.
Sharon Kim, PSPDG
Kee B. Park, Korean-American Medical Association
PSPDG member Sharon Kim worked with the Korean-American Medical Association and their initiative Friends in Health: DPRK. Through this collaboration, Sharon traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to engage in bilateral medical and scientific exchange with DPRK scientists and physicians at the Pyongyang Medical Conference in 2017 and 2018.
Aaron Tatad, PSPDG
Povilas Kučinskas, University of Pennsylvania
Krista Bard, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Our collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania began in 2016, taking the form of pro-bono scientific consulting. PSPDG members conducted interviews of Lithuanian-Americans living in Philadelphia, in addition to performing a literature review. The results were written up in a report, and Aaron Tatad was able to travel to Lithuania to present the results, in person, to Parliament.