Science Diplomacy for EU Green and Digital Transition

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In this session we will bring together policy makers, including from Missions to the EU from Candidates Countries, scientists and researchers, entrepreneurs to explain their activities and express their needs for the green and digital transition and how to achieve the objectives of percentage of the GDP invested in Research and Development, as per the agreements on accession.

At the end of the session, we will outline strategies and bring recommendations on how to improve the Innovation in Public Procurement, showcase how countries are supporting the R&D community to contribute the EU Innovation Scoreboard, and highlight the importance of the EU Green Deal and the New European Innovation Agenda at country level and for public entities.

Talking Points

When discussing Science Diplomacy for the EU Green and Digital Transition, it’s important to highlight the benefits, strategies, and collaborative efforts. Some issues to consider are:

  1. Global Collaboration for Sustainability and Harnessing Scientific Innovation: Emphasize the need for international collaboration to address global environmental challenges, highlight the interconnectedness of environmental issues and the importance of joint efforts in achieving meaningful impact.
  2. Diplomatic Engagement for Common Goals: Stress the role of Science Diplomacy in building bridges and fostering partnerships with other nations and international organizations and demonstrate how diplomatic efforts can align with common goals related to the environment, digitalization, and sustainable development.
  3. Promoting Green Technologies and Digital Transformation for Inclusive Growth: Discuss initiatives and collaborations aimed at developing and promoting green technologies, renewable energy sources, and sustainable practices, sharing success stories. Outline the EU’s vision for a digital transition that prioritizes inclusivity, innovation, and economic growth.
  4. Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer: Highlight programs and initiatives focused on capacity building in partner countries to enhance their scientific and technological capabilities and emphasize the mutual benefits of knowledge transfer and collaborative learning.
  5. Addressing Climate Change Through Scientific Cooperation: Illustrate the EU’s commitment to addressing climate change through scientific cooperation and efforts to build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
  6. Promoting EU as a Global Leader and Advocacy for global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Position the EU as a global leader in sustainable development and digital innovation, highlight the EU’s contributions to international efforts, such as the Paris Agreement and global digital governance discussions. Align the EU’s science diplomacy efforts with the United Nations SDGs, emphasizing contributions to environmental sustainability, health, and poverty reduction.
  7. Public Diplomacy for Science: Discuss the role of public diplomacy in building awareness and understanding of the EU’s green and digital transition, engage in science communication efforts to convey the benefits of collaborative research and innovation.

Speakers

Breakfast Debate on “Science Diplomacy for EU Green and Digital Transition”

In this session we will bring together policy makers, including from Missions to the EU from Candidates Countries, scientists and researchers, entrepreneurs to explain their activities and express their needs for the green and digital transition and how to achieve the objectives of percentage of the GDP invested in Research and Development, as per the agreements on accession.

At the end of the session, we will outline strategies and bring recommendations on how to improve the Innovation in Public Procurement, showcase how countries are supporting the R&D community to contribute the EU Innovation Scoreboard, and highlight the importance of the EU Green Deal and the New European Innovation Agenda at country level and for public entities.

Host and welcome

  • Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, EPP; Portugal, K4I Forum Chair
  • Dr. Jan Marco Müller, Coordinator for Science Diplomacy and Multilateral Relations, International Cooperation II: Asia, Africa, Middle East and External Relations, European Commission
  • Ana Elorza Moreno, Chair of the EU Science Diplomacy Alliance (TBC)

Ambassadors

  • Dr. Suela Janina, Albania Mission to EU
  • Obrad Kesic, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mission to EU
  • Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Georgia Mission to EU
  • Zulfi Ismaili, North Macedonia Mission to EU
  • Petar Markovic, Montenegro Mission to EU
  • Daniela Morari, Moldova Mission to EU
  • Danijel Apostolović, Chargé d’affaires, Serbia Mission to EU
  • Faruk Kaymakcı, Türkiye Mission to EU
  • Chentsov Vsevolod, Ukraine Mission to EU
  • Prof. Dr. Ivan Ivanov, International Center Alliance of Civilizations – UN partner

Messages from ambassadors and experts:

  • Andrijana Cvetkovic, Advisor at Japan Ministry of Culture
  • Mustafa Osman Turan, Foreign Relations Advisor to the Mayor of Istanbul (TBC)
  • Dr. Vesna Gantner, Josip Strosmaer University Osijek

Moderator

  • Mr. Ilija Vuckov, Managing Director, ACRID Network
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