Future Talk is a three-day hybrid dialogue platform in cooperation with three UN Agencies (UNESCO-UIL, UNESCO-UNEVOC, UNIDO) and under the patronage of the Swiss Government. The conference will take place in Bern, Switzerland, and be broadcasted live to an international audience.
Top-class speakers from NGOs, political authorities, international financial institutions, and education solution providers will discuss the foundation and relevance of education for the economy, society, and ecology as well as its disruption, digital transformation, and related impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will focus on the importance of STEAM for education, the relevance of greening education, and the boost of digital education needed for transformation and innovation. Our goal is to join efforts, initiate collaboration, and generate visible contributions to support the 2020 UN-launch of the Decade of Action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030.
Future Talk 2020's themes aim to bring forward solutions covering ongoing post-pandemic challenges and contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each daily session is hosted in cooperation with a UN Agency representing selected topics to support the SDGs.
Future Talk is private sector driven and aims at developing solutions as well as active and sustainable partnerships (Goal 17) that reach way beyond the conference. We listen, learn and share. We support the Decade of Action. WE ARE ACTION.
It is our honour to welcome ‘Future Talk 2020 – Impact by Education’ in Bern. Switzerland has opened its doors and invites all participants, contributors and guests to join forces towards building and kicking-off the World Education Impact Hub bringing together players from education, society and business to accelerate global COVID-19 recovery, and transition towards purpose-oriented, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Education is the global empowering and aligning element for individuals, society and the economy, and for sustainable and inclusive growth. I can only emphasise the benefits that education provides for a viable and innovation-oriented economy. Switzerland relies on its established and successful combination of both academic education and vocational education and training, and will share its insights and views during the ‘Future Talk’ sessions.
Furthermore, I believe that ‘Impact of Education’ – the motto of ‘Future Talk 2020’ – underlines the spirit, endeavours and willingness to drive forward every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the message that we would like to send out from ‘Future Talk’ Switzerland to support the United Nations Decade of Action launched at the beginning of the year.
As patron of ‘Future Talk’, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all stakeholders, education enthusiasts, official representatives, and business and economic participants a very warm welcome. I hope that your time together, your dedication and involvement in ‘Future Talk’ proves stimulating, and generates sustainable outcomes.