Copenhagen, 27 November 2018 – The UNOPS Global Innovation Centre will attract and develop startups that successfully contribute to a sustainable society.
Located in the Ideon Science Park in Lund, the centre’s focus area will be on cutting-edge and disruptive technology based on engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics and science, which can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and society.
“The 2030 Agenda aims to create a world that is sustainable, environmentally secure, economically prosperous and inclusive. To achieve the Global Goals we must work together – building new partnerships to innovate and deliver better value for money. The ideas of today are not enough,” said Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director.
“This new centre shows our commitment to innovation, and to help nurture better solutions for people in need across the world,” said Ms. Faremo.
Sweden’s innovation agency – Vinnova – will provide funding and guidance to the UNOPS Global Innovation Centre.
“Vinnova welcomes this initiative. The mission of the centre is well aligned with Vinnova’s commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova.
The new centre in Lund is the second science and innovation centre launched by UNOPS this year, following the successful launch of a similar initiative in Antigua and Barbuda. UNOPS Global Innovation Centre will serve as a two-way channel between key incubation resources in Sweden, UN organizations, other UNOPS Global Innovation Centres and a global network of innovation partners.
The launch of the centre was announced during the UNOPS Private Sector Forum held at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark on 27 November 2018.