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Join us for this session, which is a collaboration between the Commons, UNITAR and UNIGE as part of the Geneva Trialogue 2021.


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Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:00

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Learn about:

  • The potential of new digital technologies for achieving the SDGs. 
  • The digital skills needed by the UN and international organizations to respond to global challenges. 
  • The potential of Open Innovation initiatives to assist these institutions. 
  • The opportunities for partnership with civil society and stakeholders to implement digital tools and skills.  

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Join us for this session, Open Innovation and Digital Skills for the SDGs, which is part of the Geneva Trialogue 2021: “Scaling Open Innovation for the SDGs”. Experts will share the importance of the activation, implementation, and potential of digital skills needed to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The next Geneva Trialogue will take place online on Thursday 18 March 2021. It will also mark the start of the Open Geneva Festival, running from 18-28 March 2021, where the main Trialogue sessions will center on interactive topic-based discussions and hands-on workshop activities.  

The 2021 Geneva Trialogue theme is “Scaling Open Innovation for the SDGs”, converging learning, initiatives and envisioned opportunities around open innovation, through which the Global Goals can be implemented and progress. The one-day conference event will foster communication and collaboration between thought leaders, educational innovators and decision-makers from educational institutions, international organizations and the private sector.     

This session, led by the Knowledge and Learning Commons at the UN Library & Archives Geneva, will explore the activation, implementation, and potential of digital skills needed to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, the discussion will focus on the challenges for international organizations and other stakeholders through open innovation initiatives. Pradeep Kakkattil, Director, UNAIDS Office of Innovation in Geneva, will moderate and contribute to the session, together with three speakers: Deputy Secretary General of the State of Geneva, Nicholas Niggli; Communication Director of Code for Pakistan, Sahar Habib; and independent expert for the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa, and Head of division of Infectious Diseases and Mathematical Modelling at UNIGE, Olivia Keiser.   

As the United Nations grapples with the consequences of new digital technologies for achieving the SDGs, digital skills are in increasing demand within the organization. Whether it’s to foresee the social and economic impact of AI and robotics, or to respond to emergencies like Covid 19 and climate change, the digital skills needed by the UN and its various agencies are rapidly outstripping available resources.  

This panel will look at how Open Innovation – partnering with civil society and other key stakeholders, through agile processes like hackathons and short-term fellowship programmes – can enable institutions to rapidly implement and adapt new digital tools and services to their needs. The panelists will illustrate this process through two examples:  

Code for Pakistan, a civil society organization that launched the first civic technology hackathon in 2013, and has established a unique track record for open innovation in collaboration with local government;  

The Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, which established a network of students to provide emergency data analysis services for WHO in Africa during the first peak of the Covid crisis.  

These examples will inspire a discussion about how the Building Bridges initiative, between the cantonal and federal authorities, the Geneva financial community and International Geneva, could stimulate new modes of Open Innovation with International Geneva. Panelists will reflect on the challenges that such Open Innovation face within established institutional frameworks, and what is needed to overcome those hurdles.  

The audience will be invited to participate actively, within the digital constraints of a webinar, by sharing experiences and ideas that could help to realize such a vision, in the spirit of Open Innovation. 

For more information about the Geneva Trialogue, click here: https://bit.ly/377MBiZ