Combat Climate Change

Accelerating mitigation and adaptation

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Global mean surface temperature during the decade 2006-2015 was observed to be 0.87°C higher than the average over the 1850-1900 period. A reflection of the long-term warming trend since pre-industrial times.

Rising temperatures and sea levels, together with ocean acidification, is seriously affecting many coastal areas, which encompass many underdeveloped countries and small islands. More frequent occurrence and higher intensity of natural disasters is threatening the natural ecosystem. At the same time, humanity is facing risks to health, loss of property and compromised water and food security.

The climate sessions will explore climate change challenges and possibilities for accelerating both its mitigation and our adaptation to it. We will look into governance, economic measures and financing for implementing adaptation options that help achieve SDGs.

Conference programme

Climate

24 October 2021

Plenary session
The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation
16:00 - 17:15
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

Plenary session

The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation

24/10/2021, 16:00 - 17:15 GST (Dubai)

14:00 - 15:15 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:00 - 14:15 WAT (Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:15 EDT (New York)

21:00 - 22:15 KST (Seoul)

20:00 - 21:15 CST (Beijing)

17:30 - 18:45 IST (New Delhi)

09:00 - 10:15 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Technology is not a new concept limited to advanced societies. In one form or another, it has been around for a very long time, with indigenous peoples sharing technological knowledge within their communities and among their tribal networks.

The digitalisation and social media we are familiar with today bears a notable resemblance to how knowledge was distributed among ancient communities. But as our current technological revolution in its virtual space advances at breakneck speed, the task of maintaining a link with what’s happening “in the real world” becomes even more important. Especially if we are to meet the universal values in the Agenda 2030 transformative promise of “Leaving no one behind”.

This session will set the scene for further discussion around democratisation of technology, by evaluating frontier technologies in the context of how these can benefit from adopting indigenous values. It will also explore the evolution of the digital networks and platforms shaping our social and economic models, with a focus on their impact on our current daily lives and possible implications for the future.

Context will also be provided via a video titled “The ingenious values for the future”, created by students from Zayed University of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), under the leadership of Associate Professors Marco Sosa and Lina Ahmad.

Chaired by

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Welcome

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

Video: The ingenious values for the future

Keynote speech

Achieving intergenerational equity and the future role of frontier technologies

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Keynote speech

Inclusivity and digital technologies in support of the coexistence of humanity with nature

Hindou  Oumarou Ibrahim

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

United Nations

SDG Advocate

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community, a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and Conservation International Senior Fellow.

Hindou began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at age 16, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. Her vision is to grow support for both traditional knowledge and science to improve resilience to climate change especially for rural communities.

Presentation

Technological hyper-connectivity and the indigenous values of nature

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Presentation

Cultural values and shared assets. Contextual technological intelligence for the future

Davar  Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

IVOW AI, Inc.

Founder

Davar Ardalan is the founder and chief storytelling officer at IVOW – intelligent voices of wisdom. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future stories, Davar created IVOW, to champion culturally conscious data strategies across multiple industries from academia to development and enterprise.

Ardalan, who is also an Executive Producer at National Geographic, served as co-chair of the Cultural Heritage and AI track at ITU’s AI For Good in 2020. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program in Washington D.C. and before that a long-time journalist at NPR News, where she was Senior Producer of the Identity and Culture Unit.

Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Presentation

Integrity of platform based social and economic models

Stan  Chen

Stan Chen

RecycleGO

CEO & Co-Founder

An eco-entrepreneur, Stan’s passion for sustainability along with 20+ years of experience in the recycling industry has provided the knowledge needed to design and develop ever-innovative solutions for the recycling industry, the economy, and the environment.

Q&A and discussion

Conclusions

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Deep dive session
CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) in the Middle-East
16:00 - 17:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Climate

25 October 2021

Thematic plenary session
Role and importance of NDCs in concerted efforts to achieve climate and sustainable development goals
11:15 - 12:45
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Climate, Energy

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Climate Energy

Thematic plenary session

Role and importance of NDCs in concerted efforts to achieve climate and sustainable development goals

25/10/2021, 11:15 - 12:45 GST (Dubai)

09:15 - 10:45 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

08:15 - 09:45 WAT (Nigeria)

03:15 - 04:45 EDT (New York)

16:15 - 17:45 KST (Seoul)

15:15 - 16:45 CST (Beijing)

12:45 - 14:15 IST (New Delhi)

04:15 - 05:45 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of long-term climate goals. They embody each country’s efforts to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Agreement states that every country is to prepare, communicate and maintain its intended successive NDCs.

Together, these actions will determine whether the world achieves the Agreement’s aims, including reversing the rise of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible and following through with rapid reduction. Goals which can be met by utilising the best-available science to achieve a balance between human-caused emissions and their removal in the second half of this century. It is understood that developing countries will take longer to peak their emissions and that reductions will be undertaken on an equitable basis. All must be done in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, which are critical priorities for many developing countries.

This session will explore the challenges related with using NDCs as a mechanism for achieving climate goals and associated SDGs. How can we create and establish innovative financial mechanisms for implementing them, together with building national and regional capacity? And how can we accelerate this? High-level keynote speakers will share latest insights, examples and best practices.

Chaired by

Leen Govaerts

Leen Govaerts

VITO

Unit Manager Smart Energy and Built Environment

Leen Govaerts holds a master’s degree in business engineering and an executive MBA. Having begun her career researching low carbon mobility at the VITO Research Institute for Sustainable Development, she is currently leading VITO EnergyVille’s research unit for Smart Energy and Built Environment, which deals with sustainable energy and urban sustainability. With an approach based around living labs, key research areas are long-term energy strategies and policy, energy district design and sustainable building concepts.

Leen is an executive committee member for EnergyVille, an association of 400 researchers in sustainable energy and cities from VITO, KU Leuven, Imec and Hasselt University. She is the chairperson of BERA – Belgian Energy Research Alliance – and a member of the executive committee of EERA, the European Energy Research Alliance. She is involved in several international networks and has coordinated a number of European research consortia. Govaerts is also a recognised expert acting on behalf of the Flemish Government evaluating energy and sustainability aspects in relation to renewal of urban districts.

Presentation

Blue-green measures for climate adaptation

The Flanders Climate Adaptation Plan focuses on implementing nature-based solutions (NBS) to tackle the impacts of climate change. It includes a calculation of the costs of its proposed actions and explores the possibilities for synergies between adaptation and mitigation measures.

This presentation will look at the most important NBS measures for dealing with drought problems and the importance of the Blue Deal investments. How these link with the new EU Adaptation Strategy and international cooperation will also be addressed, along with the importance of a global approach to the climate change, knowledge exchange and mutual support.

Griet  Verstraeten

Griet Verstraeten (TBC)

Department of Environment

Policy Officer Climate Adaptation

Griet Verstraeten works as a policy advisor on climate change adaptation in the Flemish Government Department of Environment and Spatial Development. She is also the lead expert for Belgium on the European Adaptation Strategy.

In her role as policy advisor, Griet coordinates the work on local policy for Flanders carried out by the Flemish Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation and representatives from other Flemish Government departments (including agriculture and fisheries, mobility and infrastructure, economy and innovation, health, nature and forestry, environment, water, spatial planning). She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Flemish Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and for the communication, knowledge exchange and awareness-raising associated with it.

Griet has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering (land and forest management) from KU Leuven, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Antwerp and over 20 years’ experience in spatial planning, environmental policy, sustainable development and international cooperation. Verstraeten is an expert in international and European policies on climate change adaptation, with specific expertise on the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Griet Verstraeten represents the Flemish Government in the Belgian national working group on climate change adaptation (under the national climate commission) and is an active member of Working Group VI, the network on climate change adaptation under DG Climate.

Thematic plenary session
Financial mechanisms for accelerating NDC implementation
14:00 - 15:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Climate, Energy

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Climate Energy

Thematic plenary session

Financial mechanisms for accelerating NDC implementation

25/10/2021, 14:00 - 15:30 GST (Dubai)

12:00 - 13:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

11:00 - 12:30 WAT (Nigeria)

06:00 - 07:30 EDT (New York)

19:00 - 20:30 KST (Seoul)

18:00 - 19:30 CST (Beijing)

15:30 - 17:00 IST (New Delhi)

07:00 - 08:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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An unprecedented amount of climate finance needs to be mobilised for effective implementation of NDCs and achievement of the Paris Agreement goals. With several countries increasing their ambition and updating their NDCs in 2020, unlocking access to climate finance remains the most meaningful way to accelerate NDC implementation and drive transformative action.

NDC implementation requires effective deployment of the full array of domestic and international resources. Yet limited access to climate finance remains a chief constraint and help to overcome this is one of the most frequent support requests from NDC Partnership countries. Countries need assistance for making the economic case for climate-relevant projects. This includes using available data to clearly articulate the rationale, as well as building the technical skills to demonstrate the technical and financial requirements that underpin a well-prepared project proposal.

Deep dive session
Solutions to overcome data scarcity for NDCs
15:45 - 17:15
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Climate, Energy

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Climate Energy

Deep dive session

Solutions to overcome data scarcity for NDCs

25/10/2021, 15:45 - 17:15 GST (Dubai)

13:45 - 15:15 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

12:45 - 14:15 WAT (Nigeria)

07:45 - 09:15 EDT (New York)

20:45 - 22:15 KST (Seoul)

19:45 - 21:15 CST (Beijing)

17:15 - 18:45 IST (New Delhi)

08:45 - 10:15 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

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While NDCs embody countries’ efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, mitigating it by reducing GHG emissions remains a critical part of many policies (and SDG13). Verifiable data is crucial for determining efficient strategies and is pivotal for updating NDCs, as well as monitoring and reporting on implementation and progress. However, it is not available in many areas. This session will zoom in on solutions for overcoming data scarcity and focus on capacity building needs.

26 October 2021

Workshop
The democratisation of technology: paving the way towards a desirable 2050 future by understanding our younger generation’s aspirations
09:30 - 13:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

Workshop

The democratisation of technology: paving the way towards a desirable 2050 future by understanding our younger generation’s aspirations

26/10/2021, 09:30 - 13:00 GST (Dubai)

07:30 - 11:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

06:30 - 10:00 WAT (Nigeria)

01:30 - 05:00 EDT (New York)

14:30 - 18:00 KST (Seoul)

13:30 - 17:00 CST (Beijing)

11:00 - 14:30 IST (New Delhi)

02:30 - 06:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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It takes up to 25 years, which is a generation, to transform an industrial sector and its associated value chains. Attaining a desirable sustainable future by 2050 means decisions, action and experimentation around the “new sustainable normal” need to take place now.

In partnership with the Resilience Frontiers Initiative, Zayed University, G-STIC, VITO and 3 ideas B.V., this workshop will use methodology developed by the Resilience Frontiers Initiative together with foresight provided by 4CF to frame a regional case study around date palm oasis ecosystems. A group of students from Zayed University will be engaged to shed light on their social aspirations for the future in the context of natural resources, human settlements, circular economy, new materials, and frontier technologies.

The students, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of experts, will be also asked to apply the values, principles and a worldview associated with indigenous networks and their information management systems to the assimilation of frontier technologies, including blockchain.

Facilitated by

Norbert  Kolos

Norbert Kolos

4CF Sp. z o.o.

Managing partner

Norbert Kolos is a managing partner of 4CF. For over a decade, he has headed its analytical team’s contributions to numerous studies and strategies for business, governmental bodies and international institutions, providing foresight, socio-economic and regulatory impact assessments. Norbert has also examined the future of manufacturing and related business (in the packaging, automotive and technology sectors’ models) under Industry 4.0.

In recent years, Norbert has led consulting projects in strategic planning for Norwegian government agencies such as Jernbaneverket, Innovasjon Norge and Kystverket, for the Polish Ministry of Investments and Development, and others. He has conducted workshops and training sessions for decision makers of large corporations and institutions.

Norbert Kolos is currently the chair of the Polish node of The Millennium Project, an international foresight think-tank based in Washington, and a member of the World Future Society. He also teaches strategic foresight at the Naval Academy in Gdynia, having earned master’s degrees in both economics and management at the University of Warsaw.

Kacper  Nosarzewski

Kacper Nosarzewski

4CF Sp. z o.o.

Partner

Kacper Nosarzewski is a partner at 4CF and a board member of the Polish Society for Futures Studies. As a NATO expert, he is an author of methodologies and facilitator of foresight projects for civilian and military clients. Kacper advises on strategic foresight enterprises and international institutions, such as UNESCO and UNDP. He led the Scenarios of National Development 2050 project for the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

Kacper has also managed projects for medium and large companies and government agencies around the world in the high-tech, food & beverage, financial, logistics and defense industries. These include the Polish and Dutch Ministries of Defense, Brazilian mining corporations, the Republic of Colombia’s Ministry of Labour, Polish FMCG companies and government agencies in Tunisia and Norway.

He is a member of the Polish branch of The Millennium Project – the world’s largest foresight think tank – and a member of the World Future Society, as well as being the author of various scientific articles, workshops and media commentaries on the future of industries, cities and companies.

Kacper Nosarzewski currently teaches foresight at the Naval Academy, AGH University of Science and Technology, and has a seminar on future cities at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw. He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and an alumnus of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Programme.

Partners and co-creators

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

Marco  Sosa

Marco Sosa

Zayed University

Associate Professor and Chair of Design at CACE

Marco Sosa is an Architect (RIBA), Associate Professor and Chair of Design at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) and postgraduate diploma in Architecture, as well as a master’s in Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources from the London Metropolitan University. In 2012, Sosa published a photography book about the oldest functional mosque in the UAE. He has also designed, participated in and curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally.

In 2014, Marco was appointed Head of Design to the curatorial team for the First National UAE Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale. Curated by Rem Koolhaas, this exhibition and its catalogue featured many of Sosa’s photographs. Sosa is interested in materials and their presence as space forming mediums that add materiality to a “place”, together with how to integrate digital fabrication techniques in the studio for Interior design learning.

Lina  Ahmad

Lina Ahmad

Zayed University

Associate Professor at CACE

Lina Ahmad is currently employed as an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. Ahmad holds a master’s degree (MArch) from the Architectural Association in London. She has over 10 years of professional experience as an architect working across different sectors and project stages.

Ahmad’s work has been exhibited extensively, including at the UAE’s National Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale.

In 2015, she published a book titled “Cellular ‘Network’ City” which presents an investigation into the realm of algorithmic architectural design.

Lina’s work has been published and presented at various conferences around the world. She is passionate about modern heritage and is an advocate of digital fabrication technology, the concept of “design by making” in the design studio and its impact in regional higher education and the UAE creative industry.

Technical experts

Bremley  W.B. Lyngdoh

Bremley W.B. Lyngdoh

Worldview Impact Foundation

Founder & CEO

Bremley Lyngdoh is a climate change and sustainable development professional with over 25 years’ experience working with governments, IGOs, NGOs and the private sector developing a range of innovative projects in Asia, Africa and South America, aimed at producing ecologically sound and economically viable activities that contribute directly to reducing rural poverty and generating productive sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable local communities.

Bremley has a wealth of relevant experience in project sourcing and development. His main strength lies in building strategic partnerships with various governmental agencies, NGOs and multilateral development agencies. Through previous assignments working with the United Nations and the World Bank in Asia, Africa and Latin America, he has gained expertise in the effective monitoring and evaluation of field-based programmes.

Lyngdoh has developed climate change adaptation projects combining integrated agroforestry, regenerative farming, sustainable tourism and renewable energy technologies. To honour his father and build upon his legacy, Bremley Lyngdoh established Spring Valley Farm in Shillong, Meghalaya, and served as Senior Advisor to the Hill Farmers’ Union, which supports 100,000 organic farmers in northeast India to fight climate change and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Davar  Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

IVOW AI, Inc.

Founder

Davar Ardalan is the founder and chief storytelling officer at IVOW – intelligent voices of wisdom. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future stories, Davar created IVOW, to champion culturally conscious data strategies across multiple industries from academia to development and enterprise.

Ardalan, who is also an Executive Producer at National Geographic, served as co-chair of the Cultural Heritage and AI track at ITU’s AI For Good in 2020. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program in Washington D.C. and before that a long-time journalist at NPR News, where she was Senior Producer of the Identity and Culture Unit.

Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Stan  Chen

Stan Chen

RecycleGO

CEO & Co-Founder

An eco-entrepreneur, Stan’s passion for sustainability along with 20+ years of experience in the recycling industry has provided the knowledge needed to design and develop ever-innovative solutions for the recycling industry, the economy, and the environment.

Deep dive session
Ports as incubator for low CO2 emission technologies
14:00 - 15:15
Belgian Pavilion

Climate, Energy

Deep dive session
Decentralised solutions for securing safe water in the face of climate change
16:00 - 17:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Water, Climate

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Water Climate

Deep dive session

Decentralised solutions for securing safe water in the face of climate change

26/10/2021, 16:00 - 17:30 GST (Dubai)

14:00 - 15:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:00 - 14:30 WAT (Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:30 EDT (New York)

21:00 - 22:30 KST (Seoul)

20:00 - 21:30 CST (Beijing)

17:30 - 19:00 IST (New Delhi)

09:00 - 10:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Providing safe drinking water to billions of people, while faced with climate change-related disruptions, is a key challenge for governments, development actors and the private sector. This session’s objective will be to showcase different approaches in the water and wastewater sectors that enhance climate resilience. We are looking towards decentralised strategies that are inherently flexible, modular and sustainable.

Chaired by

Paul Campling

Paul Campling

VITO

International Business Development Manager Water & Climate

Paul Campling is a hydrologist, specialised in the domain of land and water management and policy assessment. He is currently VITO’s International Business Development Manager for Water & Climate. Paul previously worked as a project manager at the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen), where he coordinated the IRENA project to develop and report on agri-environmental indicators for the European Union.

He also spent five years in Nigeria working on a research project concerned with water resources development, with which he completed his PhD. Campling is the coordinator of the Pavitra Ganga project in India, which is demonstrating improved solutions for waste water treatment, resource recovery (energy and materials) and smart water management (sensors and ICT). He is an expert in European environmental policy.

Welcome

Paul Campling

Paul Campling

VITO

International Business Development Manager Water & Climate

Paul Campling is a hydrologist, specialised in the domain of land and water management and policy assessment. He is currently VITO’s International Business Development Manager for Water & Climate. Paul previously worked as a project manager at the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen), where he coordinated the IRENA project to develop and report on agri-environmental indicators for the European Union.

He also spent five years in Nigeria working on a research project concerned with water resources development, with which he completed his PhD. Campling is the coordinator of the Pavitra Ganga project in India, which is demonstrating improved solutions for waste water treatment, resource recovery (energy and materials) and smart water management (sensors and ICT). He is an expert in European environmental policy.

Presentation

Low energy water reuse strategies

An important aspect of promoting water reuse is the development of low-energy systems that facilitate sustainable operation and maintenance of water systems. This presentation will look at various engineering options for delivering low-energy water reuse systems, adapted to local environments.

Alfieri  Pollice

Alfieri Pollice (TBC)

IRSA-CNR, Italy

Chief Research Scientist

Alfieri Pollice is chief research scientist at IRSA CNR (the Water Research Institute of the National Research Council of Italy). Over the last 20 years, he has done extensive research and innovation work on biological wastewater treatments. His current activities focus on the application of surface filtration processes for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reuse. He also has a specific interest in non-conventional monitoring approaches to water quality in institutional settings and organisation of water reuse services.

Presentation

WADI as a low-tech energy neutral solution for water disinfection

WADI is a solar-powered UV measurement device that visualises the process of solar water disinfection (SODIS) in PET or glass bottles. It works by being placed alongside bottles filled with contaminated water that are exposed to the sun. Once the process has been completed, a smiley face on the WADI confirms the water is safe to drink. WADI is endorsed by the WHO for meeting its microbiological performance criteria and is classified as suitable for providing targeted protection. WADI was selected as one of the winners of the Expo 2020 Global Best Practices Programme. This presentation will show how WADI is being rolled out in developing countries to provide clean and reliable drinking water.

Martin  Wesian

Martin Wesian

Helioz

Founder

Martin Wesian is the founder of HELIOZ, a founding board member of the Austrian Social Entrepreneurship Network (SENA) and Member of the Board of the Austrian UN Global Compact.

He is an entrepreneurial, solution-oriented executive who creates value for social investors, with a focus on topics such as sustainable growth, frugal innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Martin has a master’s degree in International Business Engineering from UAS Technikum Vienna and has been involved in various start-ups, established branches in Sweden and Germany and operated a small culture management business for more than 10 years.

Presentation

Local solutions for water and climate challenges in the Mediterranean region: lessons from the Hydrousa H2020 Project

Water management in the Mediterranean is currently fragmented. There are a number of barriers which need to be overcome in order to close water loops and positively contribute towards the region’s environmental and economic development. Hydrousa is a H2020 project that demonstrates innovative, nature-based water management solutions for different types of water, characterised by its low energy footprint. Hydrousa conducts pilots of clear water loops that recover added-value products, while integrating and interacting with the local market. This presentation illustrates the contribution Hydrousa is making towards developing decentralised solutions for water and climate in the Mediterranean region.

Simos  Malamis

Simos Malamis

National Technical University of Athens

Assistant Professor

Simos Malamis is a graduate of Imperial College, London (MEng), the University of Oxford (MSc) and the National Technical University of Athens (PhD, MSc). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

Malamis has also been a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Verona, a visiting lecturer at Brunel University (UK) and the Cyprus University of Technology. His research activities focus on the development and application of novel processes/systems for wastewater purification and reclamation, resource recovery and carbon footprint minimisation.

He has authored 70 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, more than 100 presentations in international conferences, 6 chapters in books, more than 3,000 citations in Google Scholar and one patent.

Malamis is the coordinator of the Horizon2020 project Hydrousa which focuses on decentralised valorisation of non-conventional water resources. He is also the principal investigator in several other Horizon2020 projects (SMART-PLANT, INTCATCH, AccelWater, iWAYS, C-FOOT-CTRL). He is a member of the management committee of the IWA specialist group on small water and wastewater systems.

Presentation

Decentralised solutions for solar-powered desalination

The use of solar energy is a key element for decarbonising the energy-intensive desalination process. However, the variable nature of solar energy is a challenge for desalination technologies. When there is a grid available with sufficient capacity, reverse osmosis (RO) can even help the penetration of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy by acting as an element for regulation. When there is no grid, the challenge of storing electrical energy can be mitigated by recent innovations in PV-RO technologies.

Thermal desalination technologies can be an alternative, but only if they operate within their maximum levels of heat efficiency. This can be achieved, in certain cases, by new solar-powered membrane distillation designs. Generation of brine presents a further challenge for decentralised solar desalination, especially in inland applications. In this case, solar thermal desalination technologies are the most feasible solution for concentrating brine in a way that minimises liquid discharge.

Guillermo  Zaragoza

Guillermo Zaragoza

CIEMAT

Senior Researcher

Guillermo Zaragoza is a senior researcher at CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research) and is currently head of the Solar Thermal Applications R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain. His main research is focussed on the application of solar energy to desalination, both for small-scale decentralised applications (in particular working with solar-powered membrane distillation at pilot scale) and the coupling of desalination with concentrated solar power production.

Guillermo has a PhD in physics (University of Granada, 1996) and has held academic positions at the University of Oxford (1997-1998), the Spanish Research Council (1999-2000) and the greenhouse research facility of Cajamar Foundation (2001-2008).

He has a lengthy academic record (> 85 papers, 3 books and 8 book chapters) and extensive experience in international R&D projects (>40), teaches in a Solar Energy master’s course at the University of Almería and in international Solar Desalination courses organised by the European Desalination Society, of which he has been board director.

Guillermo Zaragoza is an ambassador for the Water Europe platform and leader of the Working Group on Renewable Energy Desalination.

Panel discussion

Panel debate and Q&A

The panel discussion will focus on the factors and barriers for advancing decentralised solutions for water and climate, with a view to developing synergies between climate mitigation and climate adaptation strategies.

Alfieri  Pollice

Alfieri Pollice (TBC)

IRSA-CNR, Italy

Chief Research Scientist

Alfieri Pollice is chief research scientist at IRSA CNR (the Water Research Institute of the National Research Council of Italy). Over the last 20 years, he has done extensive research and innovation work on biological wastewater treatments. His current activities focus on the application of surface filtration processes for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reuse. He also has a specific interest in non-conventional monitoring approaches to water quality in institutional settings and organisation of water reuse services.

Martin  Wesian

Martin Wesian

Helioz

Founder

Martin Wesian is the founder of HELIOZ, a founding board member of the Austrian Social Entrepreneurship Network (SENA) and Member of the Board of the Austrian UN Global Compact.

He is an entrepreneurial, solution-oriented executive who creates value for social investors, with a focus on topics such as sustainable growth, frugal innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Martin has a master’s degree in International Business Engineering from UAS Technikum Vienna and has been involved in various start-ups, established branches in Sweden and Germany and operated a small culture management business for more than 10 years.

Simos  Malamis

Simos Malamis

National Technical University of Athens

Assistant Professor

Simos Malamis is a graduate of Imperial College, London (MEng), the University of Oxford (MSc) and the National Technical University of Athens (PhD, MSc). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

Malamis has also been a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Verona, a visiting lecturer at Brunel University (UK) and the Cyprus University of Technology. His research activities focus on the development and application of novel processes/systems for wastewater purification and reclamation, resource recovery and carbon footprint minimisation.

He has authored 70 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, more than 100 presentations in international conferences, 6 chapters in books, more than 3,000 citations in Google Scholar and one patent.

Malamis is the coordinator of the Horizon2020 project Hydrousa which focuses on decentralised valorisation of non-conventional water resources. He is also the principal investigator in several other Horizon2020 projects (SMART-PLANT, INTCATCH, AccelWater, iWAYS, C-FOOT-CTRL). He is a member of the management committee of the IWA specialist group on small water and wastewater systems.

Guillermo  Zaragoza

Guillermo Zaragoza

CIEMAT

Senior Researcher

Guillermo Zaragoza is a senior researcher at CIEMAT (Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research) and is currently head of the Solar Thermal Applications R&D unit of Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain. His main research is focussed on the application of solar energy to desalination, both for small-scale decentralised applications (in particular working with solar-powered membrane distillation at pilot scale) and the coupling of desalination with concentrated solar power production.

Guillermo has a PhD in physics (University of Granada, 1996) and has held academic positions at the University of Oxford (1997-1998), the Spanish Research Council (1999-2000) and the greenhouse research facility of Cajamar Foundation (2001-2008).

He has a lengthy academic record (> 85 papers, 3 books and 8 book chapters) and extensive experience in international R&D projects (>40), teaches in a Solar Energy master’s course at the University of Almería and in international Solar Desalination courses organised by the European Desalination Society, of which he has been board director.

Guillermo Zaragoza is an ambassador for the Water Europe platform and leader of the Working Group on Renewable Energy Desalination.

Paul Campling

Paul Campling

VITO

International Business Development Manager Water & Climate

Paul Campling is a hydrologist, specialised in the domain of land and water management and policy assessment. He is currently VITO’s International Business Development Manager for Water & Climate. Paul previously worked as a project manager at the European Environment Agency (Copenhagen), where he coordinated the IRENA project to develop and report on agri-environmental indicators for the European Union.

He also spent five years in Nigeria working on a research project concerned with water resources development, with which he completed his PhD. Campling is the coordinator of the Pavitra Ganga project in India, which is demonstrating improved solutions for waste water treatment, resource recovery (energy and materials) and smart water management (sensors and ICT). He is an expert in European environmental policy.

Deep dive session
Research and policy perspectives on CO2 as a resource
16:00 - 17:30
Belgian Pavilion

Climate, Energy

Special session
Industrial, academic and policy perspectives on CO2 capture and utilisation (CCU) (by invitation only)
18:30 - 20:00
Sustainability Pavilion

Climate

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Climate

Special session

Industrial, academic and policy perspectives on CO2 capture and utilisation (CCU) (by invitation only)

26/10/2021, 18:30 - 20:00 GST (Dubai)

16:30 - 18:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

15:30 - 17:00 WAT (Nigeria)

10:30 - 12:00 EDT (New York)

23:30 - 01:00 KST (Seoul)

22:30 - 00:00 CST (Beijing)

20:00 - 21:30 IST (New Delhi)

11:30 - 13:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Sustainability Pavilion & online

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How can we achieve carbon neutrality to fulfil sustainability targets, while also dealing with increasing concerns over rising global temperatures and climate change primarily caused by ever-burgeoning concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere? Carbon dioxide capture and its subsequent utilisation, via transformation into valuable fuels and chemicals, are key to achieving these objectives.

Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) covers all established processes aimed at capturing CO2 – either from industrial point sources or directly from the air – and converting it into a variety of products such as e-fuels, chemicals and materials.

CO2 has already been used for decades, via mature technologies, in various industrial processes such as production of urea, fire retardants and coolants, water treatment and in the food and beverage industry. But there are now many new CCU technologies at various stages of development between R&D and commercialisation, with around 60 large-scale projects at high Technology Readiness Level currently ongoing in Europe.

This session brings together experts from various different fields, including industry stakeholders who are adopting CCU technologies and building pilot demonstrations, policy makers who’ll handle regulation and strive for social acceptance of CCU-derived products and academics at the forefront of developing and scaling CCU technologies.

17 January 2022

Deep dive session
Climate
16:00 - 17:30

Climate

19 January 2022

Plenary session
The democratisation of technology: living the change in a post-pandemic world
10:00 - 11:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

Plenary session

The democratisation of technology: living the change in a post-pandemic world

19/01/2022, 10:00 - 11:00 GST (Dubai)

07:00 - 08:00 CET/WAT (Brussels, Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:00 SAST (Cape Town)

01:00 - 02:00 EST (New York)

15:00 - 16:00 KST (Seoul)

14:00 - 15:00 CST (Beijing)

11:30 - 12:30 IST (New Delhi)

03:00 - 04:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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The prospect of a green post-COVID recovery provides opportunities to shape our future more sustainably and equitably. Living this change will require a shift to holistic mindsets and re-evaluation of our relationships with nature and with each other. Frontier technologies will continue to play an important role, but it will be up to us to define and shape the technological realm’s ethical parameters.

This session will build upon the October 2021 Democratisation of Technology sessions in which indigenous values were introduced in the context of using digital technologies for social good. We will expand by looking at challenges associated with automation and job creation for people, creating new value through collaborative innovation, combating a digital divide and technology on the ethical edge.

Chaired by

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Welcome

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

Introduction

Keynote speech

Digital technologies for social good

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Keynote speech

Harnessing the power of innovation for nature and people

Zitouni Ould-Dada

Zitouni Ould-Dada

FAO

Deputy Director Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment

Zitouni Ould-Dada is Deputy Director of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Before joining FAO, he spent five years as Head of the Technology Unit at UNEP, where he lead work on technology, climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. He was a member of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team developing the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and its Annual Science Technology and Innovation Forum to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ould-Dada worked for the British Government for 15 years providing policy and technical advice in many areas, including food safety, environmental policy, climate change, energy policy, science and technology. He was the Lead Negotiator on International Climate Change and Technology for the UK (2008-2012) and France (2008), chairing negotiations on technology transfer, agriculture, blue carbon and nature and ecosystems, which contributed to reaching the landmark Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. His international responsibilities have also included Chair of EU Expert Group on Technology, Chair of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee and Member of UN Task Team for producing a UN System-wide Approach to Climate Action for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019.

A national of both Morocco and the UK, Ould-Dada holds a PhD in environmental/radiation protection from Imperial College, London, a master’s degree in environmental management and planning from Université de Rennes, France, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Perpignan, France.

Presentation

Creating new value through collaborative innovation

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Presentation

Combatting the digital divide to build inclusivity

Nibal  Idlebi

Nibal Idlebi

UN-ESCWA

Chief of Innovation

Nibal Idlebi is the chief of Innovation Section at UN-ESCWA. She is a senior policy expert in innovation and technology for sustainable development, knowledge society and digital and open government. She has extensive experience in policies and strategies for advancing the knowledge society, digital government transformation and innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab nations. She has also supervised several regional initiatives on Digital Arabic Content, building trust in cyber space through cyber legislation, regional profile of information society and she is currently leading the ESCWA initiative on fostering open government in the Arab region.

Idlebi is an active member of several international and regional working groups and a jury member for regional and international awards on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital content. She has also been a jury member for many e-Government Awards in the Arab Region. Idlebi has a computer engineering degree and a PhD in computer science from France.

Q&A and discussion

Closing

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Keynote speakers

Climate

Top experts

Climate

Deep dive session

Nationally determined contributions and CO2 capture

Thematic coordinators

Climate

Thematic partners