Geneva Trialogue 2021

Scaling Open Innovation for the SDGs

The Geneva Trialogue fosters communication and collaboration between academia, international organizations and the private sector, to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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

For this third edition of the Geneva Trialogue, University of Geneva is collaborating with UNITAR, the UN Institute for Training and Research, to convene thought leaders, education innovators and decision-makers from educational institutions, international organizations and the private sector.

After the “Knowledge and the SDGs” and “Scaling Education for the SDGs” Trialogues in 2016 and 2019 respectively, GTI and UNITAR organize the 2021 Geneva Trialogue under the theme “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 event is organized in partnership with the University Global Coalition

The goal of this event, in the spirit of SDG 17, is to inspire new partnerships that can reach millions of learners of all ages, and help such networks tackle the Global Goals in impactful ways.


Stay tuned! Registrations will open soon!

Online Programme Overview (provisional)

18th of March

19th – 28th of March

28th of March

Start of Geneva Trialogue and main Trialogue sessions

Geneva Trialogue Lunches

Closing of the Geneva Trialogue and the Open Geneva Open Innovation Festival

Start of Open Geneva Open Innovation Festival

Trialogue partners organizing online hackathon sessions during the festival

Online Main Trialogue Sessions (provisional)

All times are CET (Geneva time).


Welcome to the Geneva Trialogue


Mobilizing Youth at Scale: Open Innovation for the SDGs

University Global Coalition – Working Group on Open Innovation for the SDGs 


Open Innovation in the UN Geneva ecosystem



Open Innovation and Digital Skills for the SDGs


Lunch Break


Online Networking Event


Blended Finance for Open Innovation and SDGs



Scaling Internships with International Organizations and Innovation Hubs


Driving SDG knowledge: the Learning Planet Festival Initiative


Helping Youth Innovators turn Ideas into Action


Closing session

University of Geneva & UNITAR


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