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Disrupt! Becoming a catalyst for agenda-setting innovation

Stage 6 (Upper level)
21/06/2024, 13:30 - 15:00

According to the UNEP, the world is on track to exceed warming beyond 1.5 degrees by 2030 unless global emissions are reduced by 7.6% per year between 2020-2030. At this critical juncture, we must shift toward the next practices and science-informed, agenda-setting innovation. 

Current approaches to climate action mainly involve improving existing systems. How might we encourage collaborative efforts across various sectors to question and change the fundamental logic that has brought us to the current state of poly-crises? Our speakers will focus on how to generate solutions that disrupt the status quo, move away from reactive processes, and foster fresh opportunities for human advancement. Our conversation isn’t just theoretical; it’s about tangible changes that can be applied across different scales – from local communities to global policy frameworks. Panelists will offer their insights and firsthand experiences in identifying, prioritizing, and collaboratively shaping innovation agendas, including disruptive technologies and how true innovation in cities combines these with proactive policy and engagement toward transformation.


  • Benjamin Jance, Head of Research and Innovation, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM)
  • Cassia Moraes, Partnerships Manager (Strategic Programmes), EIT Climate-KIC
  • Christiane Ferreira da Silva, Secretary of Environment, City of Belém, Brazil
  • Dennis Pamlin, Chief Executive Officer, The Net-Zero Compatibility Initiative, Mission Innovation
  • Enzo Gabriel Cravero, President of BioCordoba, City of Cordoba, Argentina
  • Fernando Bertoni, Deputy Director General for Climate Action, City of Rosario, Argentina
  • Tiago Gorski Lacerda, Mayor, City of Santiago, Brazil
  • David Corbett, Research & Innovation Officer at ICLEI World Secretariat


Pourya Salehi, Head of Urban Research, Innovation, and Development Team, ICLEI World Secretariat