Geneva Trialogue 2021 Programme
Below is an overview of the programme for the third edition of the Geneva Trialogue, taking place online on Thursday 18 March 2021. Learn more about the Trialogue concept and history. Scroll down for the full programme, with summaries of each panel session and speaker information.
Programme at a glance
Online Trialogue Sessions
All times are CET (Geneva time).
9:00 - Mobilizing Youth at Scale: Open Innovation for the SDGs
Organised by the University Global Coalition
This session will feature open innovation initiatives from public/private universities, academic institutions and international organizations on youth engagement and mobilization for the SDGs. The speakers will reflect on redesigning the role of youth in society for taking action over the SDGs, scaling collective engagement in universities through open innovation practices, ensuring inclusivity and sustainability of open innovation systems, and building long term corporate engagement in open innovation.
Johannes Wedenig, UNICEF
Sylvia Poll, ITU
Maria Gema Quiontero Lima, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Marta Garcia Mandaloniz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Pearl Mao, Tsinghua University
Solange Ingabire, Geneva Action Platform for Engaging, Learning and Information (GAPELI)
10:00 - Open Innovation in the UN Geneva ecosystem
Organised by the UN SDG Lab
11:00 - Open Innovation and Digital Skills for the SDGs
Organised by the UN Library
This panel will look at how Open Innovation – partnering with civil society and other key stakeholders, through agile processes like hackathons and short-term fellowship programmes – can enable institutions to rapidly implement and adapt new digital tools and services to their needs.
12:00 - Lunch Break
14:00 - Blended Finance for Open Innovation and SDGs
Organised by the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy
This session will discuss the role of philanthropy in supporting education for the SDGs. The panellists will engage in a variety of topics, such as philanthropic giving for educational equity, engaging philanthropy with local realities, education and philanthropic return, and education for philanthropy.
15:00 - Scaling Internships with International Organizations and Innovation Hubs
Organised by the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative
The session will gather partners of the GTI Internship programme who have been or will start hosting student interns from the UNIGE Master in Innovation, human development and sustainability and students of that programme who have completed their internships. After feedback on their experiences so far, the discussion will move on to identify best practices and sensitive aspects of the programme, as well as expectations for its development. The panellists will specifically address the potential for scaling up the programme to a wider network of partners, programmes and universities, as well as the relevance, pros and cons of establishing fully remote internships.
Panel host: Louise Gallagher, UNEP/GRID-Geneva, UNIGE, LIVES Project
Adriana Jacinto, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Jean-Pierre Reymond, 2050Today & Mission permanente de la Suisse à Genève
Vladimir Stankovic, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Alexandra Mackey, MIHDS 2018 student, intern at ITU WSIS
Rasyidah Ibrahim, MIHDS 2019 student, remote intern at ITC
16:00 - Engineering the new ecosystem for Learning: Scaling through knowledge and research
Organised by CRI-Paris
This session will discuss gaps and hurdles that are limiting wider adoption of collective problem-solving approaches in learning institutions (K12 and universities), weaving perspectives from educators/social entrepreneurs, policy-making, academic and private sectors. Special focus will be given to the research and knowledge needed to frame these emerging practices to facilitate scaling.
17:00 - Helping Youth Innovators turn Ideas into Action
Organised by Crowd4SDG
This panel will reflect on maximizing youth innovation projects’ capacities to help them reach their full potential. The speakers will discuss about the challenges to enable youth innovation projects and the opportunities leading start-ups, established entrepreneurship actors and international organizations offer to overcome these challenges.