Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum 2016
The third edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum was organized from 9 to 11 November by Horyou as the leading side event of COP22 in Marrakesh with the participation of IFIA representative, Mr. Majid Elbouazzaoui as the jury board member and moderator.
SIGEF demanded climate friendly actions, sustainable innovation and community empowerment solutions to help shape a better future for Africa and the world.
SIGEF convened outstanding speakers along with over 50 NGOs and project holders who contributed to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shedding light on positivity, diversity and Social Good values.
SIGEF was officially opened with the presence of VIP guests including HRH Prince Nawaf bin Saad al Saud, Chairman of the Al-Hilal Saudi football club, Mrs. Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Congo, Dr Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar, and Yasuhiro Yamamoto, President of Eneco Holdings and Founding Sponsor of SIGEF. “We are pleased to host such a diverse assembly who is helping advance the SDGs”, Yonathan Parienti, founder of Horyou stated.
The first day addressed the infrastructural aspects of a competitive and sustainable Africa, covering challenges such as access to health and water, agriculture and innovative private sector trends. The Minister of Urbanism of Morocco, Mr. Driss Merroun, presented his country’s resolutely green economy.
On the second day, specialists, entrepreneurs and investors spoke of energy, transportation and construction for the Cities of Tomorrow. Solar Impulse designer and pilot Bertrand Piccard and Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag discussed the role of clean powered transportation in providing technology for the future. Mr. Yamamoto, from Eneco Holdings, presented ground breaking energy solutions that reduce CO2 emissions by 50%: “the concept that enriches people’s everyday life, from a consumer point of view, enables for both high-tech and the environment to exist”.
Artists, innovators and NGOs discussed the power of technology, gender equality and the arts for Social Good on the closing day. Bolivian actress and filmmaker Carla Ortiz made a passionate presentation of her movie “Voices of Syria” and received the Women Empowerment SIGEF Award.
The SIGEF Awards were presented to the outstanding humanitarians, as well as innovative projects showcased during the 3 days of the forum. The Jury Award was conferred to El Pozo de Vida, an organization which supports victims of human trafficking. Sustainable energy projects Pocket Rocket and Can Heat were first and second runner-ups.