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Innovation and Sustainable Development: A CASS–UNRISD Seminar

Date: 12 Jan 2017

  • Time: 09:30-11:30
  • Location: Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • Counterpart(s): Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Project Title: UNRISD Seminar Series

With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders have committed to “transforming our world” and leaving no one behind. What needs to happen to enable the 2030 Agenda to deliver on its transformative promise? In its 2016 Flagship Report, UNRISD has identified a wide range of innovations—policy, institutional, social, technological and conceptual—that can provide solutions to the complex and interrelated challenges that countries are facing.

Panellists at this seminar will discuss some of the key policy, institutional and technological innovations that can be harnessed to realize the 2030 Agenda. Guest speakers from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will share their first-hand expertise and insights on innovation and sustainable development in China.

9:30–09:45Welcome and Opening Remarks
Zhang Yuyan, Director-General, Institute of World Economics and
Politics, CASS
Paul Ladd, Director, UNRISD
9:45–10:45Innovation and Sustainable Development
Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, UNRISD—Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the SDGs
Dunja Krause, Associate Expert, UNRISD—Eco-Social Policies and the 2030 Agenda
Paul Conneally, Head of Corporate Communications, ITU—Technological Innovation
Yang Dian, Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, CASS
Huang Yanghua, Research Fellow, Institute of Industrial Development, CASS
10:45–11:20Q&A, Open Discussion
11:20–11:30Closing Remarks
Zhang Xiaojing, Research Fellow, Institute of Urban and Environment Studies, CASS


Invitees not in possession of a UN badge should register online, bring valid ID and a copy of this invitation on the day of the event to the Pregny Gate, located at 8 - 14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10.

Remote Access to the Seminar

We will be tweeting key messages live from the seminar and welcome your comments and questions, which, time permitting, we may be able to put directly to the speaker. Follow us on @UNRISD and use the hashtag #UNRISDseminar.

This event will be video and audio recorded. If you would like to be notified when the video and the podcast are online, please send an email with "Audio/video notification: Innovation” in the subject line to sandoval@unrisd.org.