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End of Year Live Event | Learn and Share: S.P.A.C.E. for Innovation at the UN
The world is being fundamentally transformed by ongoing socio-economic and climactic transitions, emerging technologies, and resultant new ways of thinking and working – with the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerating the need for ever increased innovation. There are focused, dedicated individuals, teams, and units from across the UN System who are mainstreaming the criticality of innovation in their every-day – investing the time and developing the perspectives to allow themselves to do things differently, and to do different things. Now, more than ever, the sharing of knowledge, good practice, and lessons learned on how such transitions are being mainstreamed across United Nations agencies is vital.
The UNSSC is proud to be co-creating this End-of-Year Event “ Learn and Share: S.P.A.C.E. for Innovation at the UN”, with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the International Trade Centre (ITC); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); the World Food Forum (WFF); and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO);- whose selected Innovation Champions will share their experiences from throughout 2022.
To support knowledge sharing, these Innovation Champions will share their experiences in alignment with the UN Innovation Toolkit, and how its different tools and elements can support the UN System to engage in the disruptive journey of innovation.
The event will take place on Wednesday 7 December 2022, 15:00-16:30 pm CET, on Zoom. This 1.5-hour live event is designed to cultivate an interactive, learning community where Innovation Champions from the above-mentioned UN entities are connected to participants, creating a space for dialogue, and sharing experiences around the S.P.A.C.E Framework of the UN Innovation Toolkit.
With opening remarks from the Nigina Muntean, Head of the Innovation Unit at UNFPA, Gladys H. Morales, Senior Innovation Adviser at the Change, Delivery and Innovation Unit at IFAD, Adriana de Oro Osorio, Innovation Coordinator at ITC, Natalia Bayona, Director of Innovation, Education and Investments at UNWTO, and Janina Peter, Head of Innovation at the World Food Forum, along with a brief introduction on how they conduct their internal Innovation Challenges to foster innovation and where their Innovation Champions come from, this event aspires to enhance the collaborative discourse around innovation, by recognizing the distinct contextualisation of innovation within different realities, by Innovation Champions in versatile fields, across the S.P.A.C.E framework.
Click here to access the full list of IFAD Innovation Champions
Victor Mugo, Head of Global Partnerships at World Food Forum