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Qatar Foundation at UNGA 2021

We’re joining forces with partners from around the world to put together a series of events at and around the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the Global Goals Week 2021.

Introduction

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The UN’s General Assembly meeting and Global Goals Week present a great opportunity for all of us to unite us as one voice, exchange ideas, and present transformative solutions for our world’s most pressing challenges.

Despite social distancing and travel restrictions, we’re inviting the world to join us virtually in September 2021 to cultivate ideas, come up with solutions, and build strong partnerships that will solve a range of complex global challenges.

Program partners:

The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in New York (Strategic partner) and Diplomatic Courier (Media Partner)

This year’s theme

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The disruption experienced over the past year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that problems affecting education are much more impactful than we thought.

It has become all the more important now to build resilient innovative education models that prepare our students for the future, while also focusing on sustainability. Therefore, the theme for our programs this year is ‘Innovative models for a sustainable future.’

During the course of the UNGA sessions and Global Goals Week, we are organizing four key virtual events revolving around two focus areas: progressive education and sustainability.

Day 1: Education systems and climate action

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How Can We Build More Progressive Education Systems Capable of Empowering Us to Become More Involved in Climate Action?

While there are examples of climate change education being implemented in selected countries, the impact of this effort is somewhat limited. There needs to be a more systemic approach within education to see our collective goals toward green innovation and skills building more heavily invested in.

The objective of this session will be to explore how we can build more progressive education systems capable of empowering us to become more involved in climate action.

Join the session:

Sunday, 19 September 2021
4pm Doha time
9am New York time

Register here

Speakers

  • Buthaina Al-Naimi, President, PUE
  • Carol O’Donnell, Executive Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center
  • Diane Whitehead, CEO, Childhood Education International
  • Jamil Ahmad, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

MC

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Moderator

  • Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

Adjournment

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Day 2: Impact investment in EdTech

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New Models of Impact Investment in EdTech

Outcomes of impact investment have been fairly limited, largely because investors have overlooked the potential of financial returns. With that said, there is a growing trend of impact investors who have begun working on investment strategies that are able to deliver both financial goals and advance an overall mission towards UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The objective of this session is to share the experiences of impact investors who have begun to recalibrate their approach to EdTech funding.

Join the session:

Monday, 20 September 2021
4pm Doha time
9am New York time

Register here

Speakers

  • Neku Edun, Regional Lead at Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT, Mastercard Foundation
  • Robert Hawkins, Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, World Bank
  • Rohan Wadhwa, Principal Lumos Capital Group

MC

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Moderator

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Adjournment

  • Elyas Felfoul, Director, QF WISE

Day 3: Youth and decision-making

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Creativity and Sustainability: Involving youth in decision-making

The generation born in the 21st century will be the one that will bear most heavily the consequences of global warming. Yet, although some young activists have emerged and gained prominence, the involvement of youth in problem-solving the climate crisis is still very limited. How can key decision makers leverage the potential and creativity of this generation?

This panel will discuss the feasibility of including the climate agenda as a key component of school curricula; the efforts to create and fund acceleration programs for students and fresh graduates to foster and enable development and growth of products and services targeting emission reductions; and ideas to encourage participation of young voices in climate-related commissions in governments and the private sector.

Join the session:

Tuesday, 21 September 2021
4pm Doha time
9am New York time

Register here

Speakers

  • Manjula Dissanayake, Executive Director, Educate Lanka Foundation
  • Roya Mahboob, CEO, Digital Citizen Fundx
  • Danielle De La Fuente, Founder & CEO, Amal Alliance
  • Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE

MC

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Moderator

  • Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

Adjournment

  • Aysha Al-Mudahka, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnership Development QF CEO Office

Day 4: Credentialing and recognition systems

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Digital Credentialing and Recognition Systems: Can they broaden the range and quality of learning opportunities?

Recent research has shown that a good tool to foster workforce readiness and inclusion is the recognition of prior learning and expanded skills certification. Portable credentials and personalized pathways can, for instance, encourage youth and life-long learners to pursue learning activities that might complement their formal education; and also incentivize businesses, employers, and civil society organizations to align their education initiatives to certain common standards and criteria.

This panel will spotlight initiatives of digital credentialing (e.g. the skills passport Qatar Foundation is planning to launch), debate their benefits for students and for education providers, and also analyze their potential impact on the current framework that higher education institutions and the job market use to assess graduates and their skills.

Join the session:

Wednesday, 22 September 2021
4pm Doha time
9am New York time

Register here

Speakers

  • Kelly Ryan Bailey, Global Skills Evangelist, Emsi Burning Glass
  • Matthew Gee, Co-Founder & CEO, BrightHive
  • Phillip Long, LER Community Manager, T3 Innovation Network
  • Rosie Clayton, WISE Fellow and Co-Founder, Weaving Lab
  • Brandon Busteed, Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation, Kaplan

MC

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Moderator

  • Ana Rold, CEO, The Diplomatic Courier

Adjournment

  • Houriya Ahmed, Director, Policy Hub, QF CEO Office