Following the success of last year’s first United Nations Innovation Toolkit online event, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is proud to host a second edition , geared towards fostering innovations in partnerships. 

This is the second event , taking place on 25 February 2021 14:00-15:00 CET is hosted in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Google, the Vice Minister of Tourism of Colombia, Telefónica and Refundit. In the form of a moderated panel discussion, this multi-stakeholder event will explore the use and contextualization of the UN Innovation Toolkit, with a special focus on one of the critical pillars of innovation: Partnerships.

UNWTO will outline how partnerships, cooperation, and the related exchange of knowledge, expertise and available resources, are an increasingly essential element for addressing the prevailing challenges they are encountering.

The private and public sector partners will share their perspectives, and delve into the prominence of public private partnerships by showcasing powerful success stories from their respective organizations.

 Participants can expect to gain practical insights on :

  • - The relevance of the UN Innovation Toolkit’s Partnerships Module for partnership building.
  • - The UN Innovation Toolkit’s relevance to UNWTO’s organizational mandate.
  • - Various stakeholder’s expertise and experience on partnership identification and development. 

The 60 min event includes an information session followed by a panel discussion, and a live Q&A.

With opening remarks by the Secretary of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) and the Director of the CEB Secretariat, Simona Petrova; the Director of the UNSSC, Jafar Javan; and the UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili; , this event will outline how innovation is now more than ever critical to overcoming the challenges of our time. There is no doubt that committed joint action is required for  the United Nations  to adjust to new and complex realities.

The UN Innovation Toolkit is designed to support everyone, everywhere on the disruptive path of innovation, a path that cannot be travelled alone, and - as UNWTO, Google, the Ministry of Tourism of Colombia, Telefónica and Refundit will show us – this requires cooperation and collaboration. 

Do not be left behind- secure your place today!


Jafar Javan

Director of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)
Zurab Pololikashvili

Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Simona Petrova-Vassileva

Secretary of the United Nations Chief Executive Board (CEB) and Director of the CEB Secretariat
Julián Guerrero Orozco

Viceminister of Tourism of Colombia

Natalia Bayona

Director of the Innovation, Education and Investments Department World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Zoritsa Urosevic

Director of Institutional Relations and Partnerships and Representative to the UN in Geneva, World Tourism Organization

Ziv Tirosh

Co-Founder & CEO of Refundit
Pierric Duthoit

Industry Director, Tech/Telco/FMCG/Automotive/Public Sector/Tourism for Middle East & North Africa

Natalia Moreno Rigollot

Director of Global Institutional Relations, Telefonica
Rita Marques

Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal