Aug 16, Colombo: Fadhil Bakeer Markar, Head of Communications & Youth Focal Point at UNDP in Sri Lanka is among the Ten UNDP staff members from across the globe who have joined 1,000 bright global talents at the UNLEASH 2017 Innovation Lab event that is held from the 13th to 21st of August in Denmark.
Select UNDP talents from country offices, regional offices and headquarters, together with other talents will be competing in seven themes: Water, Food, Energy, Sustainable production &consumption, Education & ICT, Urban Sustainability and Health.
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require new and innovative solutions that challenge traditional business models and approaches. These solutions will need to be commercially viable as well as deliver value to society.
Harnessing the next generation of leaders will be critical if this is to be possible as they bring fresh perspectives, open minds, different values, tech savviness, and an appetite for disruption.
UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people to transform 1,000 personal insights, from 129 countries, into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP talents joining UNLEASH include, Louise Xi (UNDP China), Fadhil Bakeer Markar (UNDP Sri Lanka), Jennifer Colville (UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States), Dejan Dokuzovski (UNDP Macedonia), Javier Munoz-Blanco (UNDP Regional Centre for Latin American Countries), Karoline Klose (UNDP HQ), Janine Chase (UNDP Barbados), Benjamin Moore (UNDP South Sudan), Dhafer Hasan (UNDP Iraq) and Nazly Abdel Azim (UNDP Egypt).
Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator and a champion on sustainability, economic growth and resilience will join the talents in Aarhus on the 21st of August.
Speaking of UNDP's engagement at UNLEASH, Ms. Camilla Bruckner, Director, UNDP Nordic Representation Office said, "UNDP's engagement at UNLEASH brings in our talent from across the world, and is a sign of our commitment to realise the SDGs through innovative ideas". Ms. Bruckner further added "the ideas and concrete actions from all the talents are very real and inspiring - it gives us hope for the future".