Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 hailed as success
The Sustainable Innovation Forum closed at 22:00 in Doha on Thursday, December 6 and is being hailed by Partners, Sponsors and organisers as a profound success.
The Forum attracted around 400 delegates that included leaders from business, industries, NGO's and UN governing bodies and the crucial topics within the climate change and sustainable development debates were discussed and genuine solutions were proposed.
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 by experts including 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. 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.