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Inequality, Urbanization, Technology and Climate Change - Creative thinking to shape the challenges of our time

An Idea that Changed the World - 30 Years of Human Development Reports (Dialogue 2).






Dialogue 2: Inequality, Urbanization, Technology and Climate Change- Creative thinking to shape the challenges of our time.

2 December, 10 am EST

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The history of the Human Development approach has taught us that the world needs bold ideas and ambitious solutions to bring humanity forward. 30 years on, this dialogue will delve into what it really takes to unlock a future of human development for all.

Climate change; demographic shifts, urbanization, the emergence of digital technologies and inequalities … the biggest challenges of our time are the result of human activity, and as such, they can be shaped by human decisions and policy choices.

In this dialogue, UNDP has invited experts to share creative thinking and concrete initiatives that can contribute to address some of these issues.


Connie Nshemereirwe is an independent Science and Policy Facilitator, and Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy. She is also on the steering committee of the Africa Science Leadership Programme based at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and writes and speaks widely on the adequacy of formal education in Africa.


Hauke Engel is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. He serves clients across sectors on sustainability and strategy topics and co-leads McKinsey's work on climate change globally. In addition to his client work, Hauke regularly leads major research efforts. He is a lead author of McKinsey's recent flagship report on socio-economic impacts of physical climate risk and has been responsible for studies on country decarbonization pathways, building an integrated energy demand model and forecasting CO2 emission pathways.


Danika Littlechild is a lawyer from the Ermineskin Cree Nation in Alberta. Her areas of expertise are governance, indigenous legal systems, environment and international law. She was appointed Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) in 2014.


Moderator: Journalist Ms. Femi Oke will moderate the panel.