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AGENDA

09 July – 11 July 2024

AUDITORIUM

SPEAKERS:

  1. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic of Portugal (TBC)

  2. Luis Neves, CEO, GeSI

SPEAKERS:

  1. Giorgia
  2. Helena Freitas, Professor, UNESCO Chair
  3. Veerle

Following the high-level opening of the summit, this session will set the stage for the three day agenda of the Global Summit. Focusing on the four themes: Biodiversity, Education, Smart and Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Finance, the Programme Leads for each theme will discuss the main sustainability challenges and how transformation can occur through digitally enabled solutions. The preservation of our planet requires more effort and focus and there is a need to focus on how companies can become better solution providers for global sustainability needs. A shift away from a common rhetoric that focuses on finding ways to reduce negative impact of operations and value chains. This is an action focused summit, with a goal to create a “DWP Global Summit Commitment” to accelerate human-centric Innovation.

MODERATION: Manan Shah, Research, IT & Communication Advisor, FOGGS

SPEAKERS:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto
  2. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2014-2023) and Former Executive Director, UNEP

This high-level opening session for the Education Track will reflect on the DwP 2023 Education Manifesto and set the scene for identifying key action needed to scale up transformative digital solutions in support of SDG 4, drawing from the keynote speaker’s real-life experiences and responding to the demands of younger generations.​

Speakers:

  1. Mrinalini Rai, Founder & Executive Director, Women4Biodiversity
  2. António de Sousa Abreu, Professor, UNESCO Chair at University of Coimbra

Target 1: Plan and Manage all Areas To Reduce Biodiversity Loss; Target 2: Restore 30% of all Degraded Ecosystems and Target 3: Conserve 30% of Land, Waters and Seas​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Fernando Reino da Costa, CEO, Unipartner

SPEAKERS:

  1. Tim Vieira, Founder and CEO, Brave Generation Academy

This session will showcase transformative solutions developed or adopted by the private sector, public authorities or civil society to modernize education for the 21st century in support of SDG 4. It will identify actionable, verifiable and replicable steps to drastically change how and what we teach and learn, and promote impactful collaboration and innovation to that end. ​
 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The push for decarbonization increases electricity demand and system complexity. Cities are using digitalization and AI to optimize energy systems and integrate renewables. However, these technologies raise environmental concerns, such as high energy and water use. This session will discuss using digitalization and AI to enhance energy efficiency while mitigating their environmental impact.​

SPEAKERS: 

  1. Helen Roy, Ecologist, UK Center for Ecology & Hidrology

Target 4: Halt Species Extinction, Protect Genetic Diversity, and Manage Human-Wildlife Conflicts; Target 5: Ensure Sustainable, Safe and Legal Harvesting and Trade of Wild Species and Target 9: Manage Wild Species Sustainably To Benefit People​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Humberto Rosa, Director, DG Environment, European Commission
  2. Massimo Labra
  3. Bruno Oberle, Director General, IUCN
  4. Kate Meyer, Founder and CEO, Planetary Accounting

Target 15: Businesses Assess, Disclose and Reduce Biodiversity-Related Risks and Negative Impacts; Target 18: Reduce Harmful Incentives by at Least $500 Billion per Year, and Scale Up Positive Incentives for Biodiversity and Target 19: Mobilize $200 Billion per Year for Biodiversity From all Sources, Including $30 Billion Through International Finance​

This session will address how digitalization aids cities in combating climate change by improving early warning systems and enhancing local resilience through monitoring,modeling,and digital twins. It will discuss the challenges of developing these digital solutions, the costs involved, and the consequences of inaction. The session will also showcase how technology can foster community engagement, decision-making, and resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Roland Jan Meijer, Secretary General, Globe EU
  2. François Taddei, Director, Learning Planet Institute

This session will report on concrete measures to activate the Manifesto DwP 2023, based on the outcomes of the education workshops. It will identify essential scaling-up factors, announce significant partnerships, set clear, achievable targets to advance SDG4, and engage digital education tech companies in the DwP initiative.​

INNOVATION STAGE

Speakers:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Speakers:

  1. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence

Speakers:

  1. Marcela Nacif, Head of Education, Brave Generation Academy

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 1 - BIODIVERSITY

Speakers:

  1. João Gomes, Director, FCCN Advanced Services
  2. Mrinalini Rai Founder & Executive, Director, Women4Biodiversity
  3. Susana Viseu, Founder, Business as Nature

Target 13: Increase the Sharing of Benefits From Genetic Resources, Digital Sequence Information and Traditional Knowledge; Target 23: Ensure Gender Equality and a Gender-Responsive Approach for Biodiversity Action and Target 11: Restore, Maintain and Enhance Nature’s Contributions to People​

​Target 10: Enhance Biodiversity and Sustainability in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Forestry; Target 8: Minimize the Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity and Build Resilience; Target 20: Strengthen Capacity-Building, Technology Transfer, and Scientific and Technical Cooperation for Biodiversity and Target 17: Strengthen Biosafety and Distribute the Benefits of Biotechnology ​

Target 6: Reduce the Introduction of Invasive Alien Species by 50% and Minimize Their Impact; Target 7: Reduce Pollution to Levels That Are Not Harmful to Biodiversity and Target 22: Ensure Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice and Information Related to Biodiversity for all​

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 2 - EDUCATION

SPEAKERS:

  1. Glenn Gillis, CEO, Sea Monster
  2. António Câmara, Professor, Nova School of Science and Technology

Explore and activate the potential of the gaming industry for educational
advancement. We will dive into how gaming technologies can be harnessed for
the greater good, focusing on leveraging their engaging formats for learning
purposes

SPEAKERS:

  1. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence
  2. Maria Gajdarova, Representative, Raina Kniaginia Secondary School, Bulgaria
  3. Paul Byrne, Secretary General, ESHA
  4. Deborah Snoeren, Educational advisor, School NOUR Primary Education
  5. Leendert – Jan Velthuyzen, Executive Board Member, Stichting Kolom
  6. Álvaro Almeida dos Santos, Headmaster, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference
  7. Jeanette Kuipers, Director Hasselbraam en Kleine Braam, Allente
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Workshop aimed at bridging the gap between school needs and digital solutions.This session brings together educators, school administrators, and tech providers to foster dialogue, share insights, and explore partnerships. We’ll focus on aligning educational requirements with innovative digital tools and services,fostering a mutual understanding to enhance the learning experience.

The workshop aims at bringing the DwP movement as a force for change to the attention of the 2000 + European companies that are active in the field of digital education

SPEAKERS:

  1. Georgios Kostakos, Co-founder and Executive Director, FOGGS

Responsible democratic citizenship (DRC) competencies do not emerge “naturally” in young people but need to be taught in schools, using all available substantive, technical and pedagogical means. Digital tools that attract students’ attention, like games, social media and digital platforms, can play a significant role to that end. The EU-funded Democrat project will showcase its initial findings, as they emerge after a series of living labs and pilot projects involving students, teachers and other education stakeholders in six European countries and including the use of a digital Agora with national variations. ​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence

The goal of this workshop is to discuss various challenges in the education sphere, extending beyond academics to spheres such as well-being and special needs. During this workshop we would like to present BGA as a turnkey solution to various challenges in education field.

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 3 - smart cities

This session will explore digital solutions for bridging social divides, focusing on participation, education, and inclusiveness in cities. It aims to prevent digital inequalities and includes role-playing to test community-focused solutions. The target audience includes policymakers, urban planners, and tech innovators.

Speakers:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The session will provide real-time insights for policymakers through a digital twins demonstration for selected cities, discussing data access and forecasting with examples of data-driven policymaking.

Moderated discussion bringing together UTM cities, private sector and academia partners. Innovation leaders and solutions providers are invited to share their insights on next steps and essential R&I and deployment priorities identified.

ROUNDTABLES

Registration is required for the roundtables due to the limited number of seats available. Each roundtable has a maximum capacity of 10 people

Speakers:

  1. Henrique Pereira, Co-director, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Speakers:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Speakers:

  1. Cristina Luís, Researcher and Lecturer at Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon

Speakers:

  1. Luís Brito e Faro, Expansion Manager, Brave Generation Academy

Speakers:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto

NIGHT SUMMIT DIALOGUES

The Dialogues will be hosted at the Sommer House (city centre) and will be open for the general public.

Speakers:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto