The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is proud to co-host an event on 7 December that will bring together Innovation Champions from selected UN Entities to reflect on their challenges and learnings in alignment with  UN Innovation Toolkit’s “S.P.A.C.E.” framework: Strategy, Partnerships, Architecture, Culture and Evaluation.  

This special end-of-year Event, “Learn and Share: S.P.A.C.E. for Innovation at the UN”, is being organized with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the International Trade Centre (ITC); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); the World Food Forum; and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Select innovation champions will share their experiences under the S.P.A.C.E. framework, which is widely is considered critical for sustained, scoped and systematic innovation in the UN context. 

The interactive event will kick off with an opening conversation with 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.  

It will be followed by an initial introduction on how participating UN entities conduct their internal innovation challenges, with a number of innovation champions sharing their experiences in alignment with the UN Innovation Toolkit, and how the different tools and elements can further the UN system to “do things differently and do different things”.  

Discussions will take place in five breakroom rooms, each representing one of the pillars of the S.PA.C.E. framework. Each breakout room discussion will feature three to five innovation champions. They will share their experiences and engage in discussions around the same pillar with participants. Those who join are invited to take part in breakout room discussions of their choice.  

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. 

Secure your place by registering here.