"I enjoyed the forum thoroughly.
There was a lot of people, a lot of excitement - it was great."

Johan Cilliers, Vice President, Suzlon

Sustainable Innovation Forum (Alongside COP)

For the last three years, Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have organised a forum alongside the official COP proceedings. These have taken place in Cancun (2010), Durban (2011) and Doha (2012).

The forum was originally launched as the Climate Action Networking Reception, but was re-branded in 2012 as the Sustainable Innovation Forum, in recognition of the shift in focus towards a solutions based approach, focusing on the advances in sustainability that are being made possible due to new technologies and innovations.

Doha, 2012

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 took place on December 6 at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar alongside the COP18 proceedings and our partners included UN Global Compact, Carbon Disclosure Project, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, World Green Building Council, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Stakeholder Forum, Caring for Climate and nrg4SD.

The Forum included keynote speeches from Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, representing the State of Qatar, Nick Nuttall, Acting Director of Communications at UNEP, and Arne Otto, OSRAM's Senior Vice President and the speeches kicked off the Forum in impressive fashion, laying the foundations for three high level plenary panels.

The panels focussed on 'Public-Private Partnerships', 'Sustainable Cities' and 'Technology and Innovation' and a number of important solutions and alternatives were put forward. Panellists included Minister Ivonne A-Baki of Ecuador, Dr Fadil Basyyoni, President of Saudi Asma Environmental Solutions and Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solutions at New Holland Agriculture in India.

The Forum also included two highly successful 'UNEP and Siemens Practitioners Debates' at which the Qatar Green Building Council, United Nations Development Programme and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability were represented.

From 18.30 to 19.30 there was a unique Harvard Business Review Webinar introduced by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. This panel discussion, in partnership with Future Influencers, a community initiated by Siemens, was entitled 'Future of Energy: Building a Sustainable Future - Unlocking the Energy Challenge' and was broadcasted to thousands of viewers via a web link.

Over 400 delegates from business, governments, industries and international NGOs attended on the day to help make the Forum a true success and excitement is already building with the COP19 meetings set to be held in Warsaw, Poland.

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