Research & innovation towards a just and equitable climate emergency response (session I): Human needs-based transformative innovation

We are at a critical crossroads for the future of our planet. The UN Secretary General recently announced that an era of global boiling has arrived, and the World Meteorological Association has predicted that there is now a 66% chance that we will pass the 1.5°C global warming threshold by 2027. In order to respond to the climate crisis in an equitable and just manner, we must apply systemic innovation approaches to serve the core-human needs of communities. 

This session will discuss the importance of shifting from the prevalent linear innovation approach to an interactive innovation approach that aligns closely with demand. Panelists will explore ways in which we can establish a systematic approach to development that facilitate the creation and uptake of groundbreaking solutions that are conceived and implemented on a broad scale.

This event will be held in English.


  • Facilitator: Pourya Salehi, Head of Urban Research, Innovation, and Development Team, ICLEI World Secretariat
  • Panelist 1: Dennis Pamlin, Executive Director of Mission Innovation’s Net-Zero Compatibility Initiative & Senior Advisor, RISE
  • Panelist 2: Massamba Thioye, Project Executive at UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub
  • Panelist 3: David Corbett, Research Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat
  • Panelist 4: Luis Neves, CEO of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative

  • Date : 29 September 2023
  • Time : 10:00 - 11:00 (UTC+2)
  • Venue : Online

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