Over 1,100 applications submitted to the UNIDO Global Call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”

Over 1,100 applications submitted to the UNIDO Global Call “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”

ROME, 1 July 2020 – More than a thousand participants have contributed their innovative solutions to the Global Call, “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”, launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

Inspired by UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Italy and promoted by UNIDO’s network of ITPOs, the initiative was designed to identify, promote and scale innovations worldwide to tackle the current pandemic and to lay the foundation for more resilient economies in developing countries.

Over 1,100 applications were submitted by start-ups, companies, universities, research centres and many other stakeholders operating in different fields, including incubators, business consortia, non-governmental organizations, associations and public-private partnerships, from 106 countries all over the world.

To address the effects of COVID-19, most proposals focused on the “Health Emergency” and “Food and Agriculture” categories, engaging in the response to the ongoing sanitary crisis and the severe repercussions on food shortages and global food supply chains.

Many submissions were also received within the categories “Energy and Environment” and “Resilient Industries and Infrastructure”, promoting fundamental solutions to ensure a successful and sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic outbreak. 

UNIDO ITPO Italy Head, Diana Battaggia, commented: “We are extremely proud of the great number of participants joining our Global Call and sharing their innovative ideas from all over the world, notably during these challenging times. In this spirit, our initiative will facilitate knowledge-exchange, economic partnerships and international cooperation towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

The received applications will now be evaluated by an ad-hoc jury and the four winners will be invited to participate as guests of honour and speakers at an award ceremony, which will be live streamed on 14 July 2020.

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