The ongoing war in Ukraine is expected to exacerbate the effects of climate change, which could increase the frequency and severity of natural disasters in the region.
Developing Markets Platform at Business Finland, in collaboration with Savonia University of Applied Sciences and the Finnish Ministry of the Interior, is organizing a full-day event that includes a seminar and workshop, which aim to explore novel business models, Research & Development, and innovative solutions that align with sustainable development goals and follow the principle that no-one is left behind according to Agenda 2030. These solutions, which can be called as innovations for humanitarian needs, will aid in the recovery of Ukraine’s society while promoting the country’s green transition. The event also provides a platform for companies and research and development organizations to collaborate and exchange ideas.
This event is part of a forthcoming series of events related to the green transition in terms of humanitarian crises related sustainable business in rebuilding Ukraine. Additionally, it is a part of the Finnish Presidency Year of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).
The focus of this first event is to
- Identify Finnish stakeholders, who have capability and potential to do humanitarian crises related sustainable business in Ukraine in the following three sectors: agriculture, energy, and municipality services.
- Receive information on the concrete needs towards new technologies in terms of innovations for humanitarian needs. This will be done by benefiting from the results of the Climate Roadmap, which Savonia has made with its Ukrainian partners for the sectors mentioned above.
The seminars with workshops aim to
- Promote long-term Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) collaboration between Finnish and Ukrainian companies and research organizations related to green transition in Ukraine.
- Find sustainable business opportunities for Finnish and CBSS member states´ companies and organizations in collaboration with Ukrainian stakeholders.
- Find suitable funding programmes from the EU.
- Find solutions how to strengthen human capital in climate innovations.
- Identify community-driven solutions that increase human security.
- Find solutions how to increase information about the climate security and how we can manage and mitigate climate risks in the Baltic Sea Region including Ukraine.
- Find solutions to the convergence between disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Increase understanding how to strengthen ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing challenges.
Seminar 9:00-11:30 (hybrid)
- Opening words by
- Ms. Marjukka Holopainen-Rainio, Business Finland
- Mr. Jari Honkanen, The Finnish Ministry of the InteriorClimate security as a part of Finland´s Presidency year in the Council of Baltic Sea States
- Climate security as a part of Finland´s Presidency year in the Council of Baltic Sea States by Mr. Jyri Wuorisalo, Savonia University of Applied Science
- UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, speaker tbc
- Finnish Meteorological Institute, Prof. Petteri Taalas, Director General
- Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK); Janne Peljo; Chief Policy Advisor, Climate and Biodiversity
The speakers for Roadmaps for climate-oriented recovery of Ukraine:
- Head of Economics Department Anton Tkachenko, The National Scientific Center “Institute of Agriculture of NAAS”
- Prof. Ruslan Biloskurskyi, Faculty of Economics in Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and Deputy of the Chernivtsi City Council
- Associate prof. Andrii Verstiak, Faculty of Economics in Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
- Prof., DSc.eng Maksym Karpash, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Strategic Development, King Danylo University
- Dr. Jarno Ruusunen, R&D Manager, Energy Cluster North Savo
- Dr. Miika Kajanus, Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Lunch 11:30-12:30 (self-provided)
Workshop 12:30-15:30 (on-site in Helsinki)
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The event is free of charge, however the lunch will be at own expense. Warmly welcome!