ECOSOC Innovation Fair

The Innovation Fair in 2009, held during the high-level segment of the annual substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is designed to showcase innovative projects and practices in the area of global public health by a wide range of stakeholders in support of successful global public health activities.

Objective of the Fair

The Innovation Fair will contribute to the objectives of the 2009 High-level Segment, including its Annual Ministerial Review, in particular:

  • Share innovative solutions and best practices in the area of global public health;
  • Demonstrate the strong links between public health and the other IADGs / MDGs;
  • Promote broad multi-stakeholder engagement in the work of the Council;
  • Encourage interaction among participants in the Fair and member States which could possibly lead to the launching of initiatives.

The UN Economic and Social Council aims to bring together all development actors, be they governmental or nongovernmental, from around the world. Consequently, a wide range of institutions are invited to take part in the Fair: governments, international and regional organizations, private sector entities, academia, civil society organizations and foundations.

What type of innovative approaches/projects/products will be showcased?

The Annual Ministerial Review, under which the Fair is organized, will consider the following broad thematic areas:

  • Accelerating the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6, including their relationship with other MDGs;
  • Strengthening health systems of developing countries, particularly strong and stable primary healthcare facilities;
  • Strengthening the global health workforce through human resources development of the sector, including responding to the challenge of brain-drain, managing migration and increasing access to and quality of training;
  • Promoting health security in order to minimize vulnerability to acute public health events that endanger the collective health of populations at the global level (emerging and epidemic-prone diseases, outbreaks of food borne diseases, natural disasters and climate change, and chemical or radioactive events);
  • Raising the profile of neglected tropical diseases.
In order to ensure the legibility of the event and make it more interesting to participants, the Innovation Fair itself will be organized around three themes:

Innovation criteria

The innovative products and projects to be showcased are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Create a more conducive and enabling environment for improvement, potentially leading to policy change through legislation, regulation or resource allocation;
  • Showcase sustainability, replicability, participatory and multistakeholder processes;
  • Promote partnerships to link activities with other stakeholders.
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