UNITAR to co-host session on “Reinforcing SDGs through Open Innovation”

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2 September 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – On 28 September 2021, UNITAR and the University of Geneva, co-chairing the University Global Coalition Working Group on Open Innovation for the SDGs, host a session on “Reinforcing the SDGs through open innovation” in the 2021 University Global Coalition Annual Conference “Building Connections and Action for the SDGs“.

The University Global Coalition (UGC) Working Group on Open Innovation for the SDGs was launched in October 2021 by UNITAR and the University of Geneva, in view of their long-standing partnership in promoting the education and practice of open innovation for the SDGs, and of their common agreed mission to develop relevant standardization and governance models for the Global Goals and the Agenda 2030.

The Working Group now counts nine members of global universities and educational institutions running open innovation activities, and aims to break silos on education for the SDGs through open innovation. By leveraging the experience of the network, the Working Group will foster a global movement of student-driven open innovation for the SDGs.

After its first milestone in the 2021 Geneva Trialogue “Scaling Open Innovation for the SDGs”, with the session on Mobilizing Youth at Scale, the Working Group now continues its impactful work, bringing together institutional and student leaders putting in practice open innovation to drive positive change, testifying on their participation and co-creation experience.

The interactive session “Reinforcing the SDGs through Open Innovation” will prominently feature the youth voice sharing their views on the value of becoming protagonists of open innovation environments, such as hackathons, the ways their SDGs projects and initiatives connect to the impact needs of international organizations and business communities, and the support provided by the latter to take the students’ meaningful ideas further. Institutional leaders and partners of open innovation activities will have their say in building open, interdisciplinary, non-judgmental spaces where youth can thrive in creating innovation for the SDGs.

The session will take place on 28 September 2021, 15:45-16:30 CET.

Register here for the 2021 UGC Annual Conference to take place online on 27 and 28 September 2021.

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