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Informal consultations of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies

27 October (10:00) - 28 October (13:00) 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Team of Specialists cannot hold its annual session as originally planned. To advance the work of the Team while COVID-19 related restrictions remain in place, the members of the Team will hold informal consultations through a series of webinars during the period 21-27 October 2020.
As part of these consultations, an international policy dialogue on “Building Back Better after COVID-19: Innovation Policies for a Sustainable Future” will discuss how the power of innovation can be harnessed to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to build more resilient, more sustainable and more productive economies, and how Government policy can support this. The substantive segment will be held through three thematic webinars.
The first webinar on  “Post COVID-19:Innovation Policies for a Sustainable Future” will explore how, once the health crisis is under control, the stimulus packages and structural reforms that will be put in place can be used to stimulate the innovations necessary to manage the economic and social consequences of the pandemic and to build a more sustainable economy and society – in other words, to “build back better”.
The second webinar on “Building Back Better: Using Platforms to Enable Sharing and Progress towards the Circular Economy” will explore innovation policies for the “platform economy” in the context of the transition towards a circular economy, where we produce and consume in a sustainable manner.
The third webinar on “Building Back Better: Innovation Enhancing Procurement” will explore how countries can better use the substantial potential of public procurement to catalyse innovation for the circular economy transition and for sustainable development more broadly.


To attend the informal consultations of the members of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, 27-28 October 2020, please register at the following web-link at: and create your UNECE profile. In case of difficulties you may refer to online user manual at
If you have already participated in UNECE meetings, your profile may have some information pre-filled upon creation. In case of difficulties please contact the secretariat by email ([email protected]).
Documents for the meeting and information for Delegates are also available.


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Annotated provisional agenda for the meeting
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