Harnessing Innovation: Fostering National Innovation for Global Development

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    New York

    In a highly integrated and rapidly changing global economy, national innovation strategies are an essential tool for ensuring long-term sustainable growth and development. Understanding the impact of national innovation policies on global development becomes particularly important in the context of discussions around how to achieve sustainable development goals in the ‘post-2015’ era.

    This international seminar, organized by the United Nations University as part of the Middle Income Countries Series, with the cooperation of the Fujian Normal University and the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China, will bring leading researchers on issues relating to measuring innovation together with representatives of key Member States and UN bodies. This group will consider new developments in this field and the prospects of moving towards a more cooperative, global approach to measuring competitiveness in the field of innovation. The panel discussions will focus on the questions of how measurement of national innovation affects global development and who fosters innovation in a globalized economy.

    Speakers will include:

    Dr. David M. Malone

    Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

    Prof. Kaye Husbands Fealing

    National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on National Statistics, co-editor of the National Research Council’s Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation: Improving Indicators to Inform Policy (2013)

    Prof. Huang Hansheng

    President, Fujian Normal University

    Prof. Li Jianping

    Fujian Normal University, Chief Editor of Report on World Innovation Competitiveness 2000–2012

    Dr. Ignacio de Leon

    Private Sector Development Expert, Inter-American Development Bank

    Dr. Michael Mandel

    Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute

    Prof. Huang Maoxing

    Fujian Normal University

    Ms. Lucinda Longcroft (to be confirmed)

    World Intellectual Property Organization

    Mr. Tan Jialin

    Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    For a complete agenda, please see the Related Files tab. Advance registration (by 26 March) is required. Please note, however, that space is limited, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.

    Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. You will be notified in due course whether your application has been successful.

    Approved participants needing a UN Ground’s Pass can pick them up upon entry at the UN visitor’s entrance on 47th Street and 1st Avenue starting at 12:30 PM. Those with further questions should contact Leni Kinzli at the UNU Office in New York (kinzli@unu.edu).

    About the UNU Middle Income Countries Series

    Middle Income Countries (MICs) are playing a key role in the discussion and design of the post-2015 Development Agenda. Home to five of the world’s seven billion people, and 73% of its poor, MICs face a wide range of development challenges. But as the source of one-third of global GDP, and with swelling ranks in recent years, MICs also offer opportunities and lessons for the post-2015 Development Agenda discussion. United Nations University (UNU) is therefore convening a series of events in New York to explore MICs’ perspectives on the post-2015 Development Agenda.