UNEP DTU joins the people’s meeting on Bornholm

Along with policymakers, experts and representatives from civil society and private sector, UNEP DTU Partnership will host two events at the annual peoples meeting on the Danish island of Bornholm.

June 13, 2018

Each year Danish ngo’s, politicians, media and a lot of major companies spend an extended weekend on the beautiful sunny island of Bornholm along with around 100.000 interested visitors.

Since its debut in 2011, Folkemødet, or in English, peoples meeting, have become the main political happening of the year with more than 3000 events.

Like previous years, UNEP DTU Partnership is participating in the peoples meeting to draw attention to the importance of climate action and development.

This year UNEP DTU Partnership is hosting two events.

The SDGs as a business case

On the first day of the meeting, UNEP DTU Partnership along with the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), and UNDPs Nordic Office, will host a debate linking SDGs and business opportunities.

The event is called Sustainable Development Goals and Business goals go hand in hand, and will take place on Thursday the 14th of July from 1-2 PM.

During the debate representatives from UNEP DTU Partnership, IFU and UNDP will exchange views and perspectives with the two major private sector actors, Novo Nordisk and Vestas.

The participant are:
– Camilla Brückner, direktør, UNDP’s Nordic Office
– John Christensen, director, UNEP DTU Partnership
– Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
– Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Vice President, Vestas
– Tommy Thomsen, CEO, IFU

The debate will be moderated by Pernille Enggaard, business and finance journalist ad host on Radio24syv radio station.

Looking at SDGs and business the debate will take its starting point in the current work on SDGs and move on to questions such as: Can you make money working on the SDGs? Are they more than just branding? How do we measure the SDGs?

The debate will also cover specific strategies on how to achieve our global goals and Denmark’s role in general.

Technology – the key to a sustainable city

On the next day of the peoples meeting, UNEP DTU Partnership zooms in on the growing urbanisation and the cities of the future.

Global urbanization is running on full steam. By 2050, two out of three people will live in a city, and the more than 6 billion city dwellers will create a massive need for sustainable urban development solutions.

Private actors and cities are in many places developing and implementing solutions for green development that ensure prosperity and quality of life.
The question is how Danish solutions can help to ensure that the global urban development of the future is sustainable, benefits everybody and help achieve the SDGs and the Paris agreement.

The event, Technology – the key to a sustainable city, explores what role civil society, public and private actors play in the green transformation of global metropolitan areas and what Denmark can learn from abroad and vice versa?

The audience is invited to participate in the debate along with a panel of experts:

– Casper Klynge, Tech Ambassador of Denmark
– Jesper Daugaard, Senior Vice President, Kamstrup
– Simon Hansen, C40 Regional Direktør
– Jarl Krausing, Concito
– John Christensen, Director, UNEP DTU Partnership