Two new flagship programmes from UNU-MERIT, coming under the banner of ‘Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Development‘ (CI4SD), feature in the first ever UN Climate Change Innovation Compendium, in chapters focusing on the Green Economy and on Capacity Strengthening.
We live in times of unprecedented global challenges – climate change is one of the greatest threats we face. Catastrophic heat waves, wildfires, floods, drought, storms and other natural disasters linked to climate and weather extremes are affecting millions of people around the world. But we also live in times of unprecedented opportunities. Innovative approaches and new and existing technologies combined with nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge can help respond to this threat and build a more sustainable world.
Many UN entities are leveraging innovative approaches ranging from data, artificial intelligence, drones and the internet of things, to low-carbon technologies, climate smart agriculture and nature-based solutions to help people around the world mitigate and adapt to climate change.
A new compendium from the UN Innovation Network explores these innovative approaches leveraged in the following areas: Air, Energy, Forests, Land, Water, Food Systems, Cities & Lifestyles, Green Economy, Disasters & Conflicts, Capacity Strengthening, and Advocacy. Two new research programmes from UNU-MERIT feature in chapters focusing on the Green Economy (p.13) and on Capacity Strengthening (p.19).
The former shares our work on conflicting and complementary policies for development, as we investigate “the conflicting objectives associated with green transformation. Investment in green technologies requires strong intellectual property rights (IPRs), but if technologies are not widely diffused, they lose their public good nature and can do less good. The project analyses which policies foster better adoption of green technologies in developing countries.”
The latter presents our work on managing new technologies towards inclusive societies, i.e. how “new technologies often solve some issues but also bring unexpected new problems, as is the case of e-waste from e-mobility. UNU’s project evaluates unintended negative consequences that new technologies bring to society and discusses how to better manage technologies in support of inclusive societies.”
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