The Forum for Global Challenges is an ambitious international conference that will generate and share solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by our planet and its people, from climate change and destruction of the natural world, to poverty and rising inequalities, and the effects of the global pandemic.
Join us for a unique programme of events and discussion, as we build towards the inaugural Forum in Birmingham, May 2022
Panel discussion: Catalysing Action Beyond the Pandemic
19 January 2020, 13:30 – 15:00 GMT
Join the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and Mayor of the West Midlands as we launch the Forum with an expert panel debate.
Our first event will consider the slow pace of change in the face of immediate crises such as the pandemic and climate emergency.
Our panellists are:
- Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel
- Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the World Resources Institute
- Andrew Mitchell, Member of Parliament and former International Development Secretary
- Srilatha Batliwala, academic and feminist activist
- Mo Ibrahim, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Laurie Goering, Climate Editor Thomson Reuters Foundation (Chair)
The Forum for Global Challenges will find, share and promote technological, policy, societal and behavioural solutions to climate change and inequalities. The Forum will focus on the key topics of the green economy, restoring nature, the future of cities, mobility, the future of education and employment, health and wellbeing, food security and access to the digital world. These will be examined through the lenses of post-COVID recovery, strategies for transformation, ethical and effective leadership and interconnectedness.
The Online Community
Through our online community, we will build truly global and inclusive participation in the Forum for Global Challenges. Open to all, the community will provide a hub for co-creation and collaboration, connecting experts and thought leaders to policy makers and the public. Join the community to make your own contributions to tackling the global challenges, to share your own successes and challenges, and to grow your networks.Register Your Interest
Why Join the Forum?
Make a Positive Impact
By focusing on designing, sharing and scaling tangible solutions to global challenges, the Forum will lead to real change.
Build New Partnerships
Our cross-sector and interdisciplinary model will help bring new perspectives to current intractable challenges in industry and policy.
The Forum is built on genuine public and civil society participation, to ensure local communities drive solutions that are relevant and appropriate in their local context.
"Researchers can provide evidence, but dialogue and collaboration between people from all walks of life and from every part of the world is essential. We need to listen, learn and act. Now."
- Fiona Nunan, Professor of Environment and Development,
University of Birmingham Forum for Global Challenges Academic Lead
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