Top UN Official Calls for ‘out of the Box’ Thinking to Tackle Climate Change During QF Visit

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Published September 18th, 2019 - 08:50 GMT
This inspires us to look at the most creative solutions to tomorrow’s problems.
This inspires us to look at the most creative solutions to tomorrow’s problems.
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Nations need to “think out of the box” and put research, development, and innovation at the center of their efforts to tackle climate change

Nations need to “think out of the box” and put research, development, and innovation at the center of their efforts to tackle climate change, a leading United Nations official has emphasized during a visit to Qatar Foundation (QF).

Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was given an insight into how Qatar Science & Technology Park, part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation, drives technology development and entrepreneurship while in Doha.

And he said: “We tend to be linear in the way we think about addressing problems related to climate change – we need to think about the power of Artificial Intelligence, technology, and innovation, really push the borders, and think out of the box in how we think of solutions to such an existential problem as global warming.

“At the UN, we are doing what we call ‘Resilience Frontiers’, where we use the principle of backcasting – projecting the problems that will exist in 15 or 20 years, looking at their implications, and trying to figure out solutions for problems that don’t yet exist.

“This inspires us to look at the most creative solutions to tomorrow’s problems. Research, development, and innovation is key to addressing climate change.”

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Our unique ecosystem—supported by partnerships with leading international institutions—is built on initiatives that address our most pressing challenges, create global opportunities, and empower people to shape our present and future.

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