Discussing Urban Sustainability at Accra Hub of Global People Summit

Global Lab partnered with Impact Hub Accra to organise the Accra Hub of Global People Summit, the first-ever global online summit exploring social innovation, disruptive technology, film and media, and the power of mobilizing networks to address some of the most challenging issues of our time.

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It was held on 22nd September and speakers streamed in live from different locations around the world. The theme was CONNECTING THE WORLD FOR SOCIAL IMPACT, and it explored how to make ‘making the world a better place’ a reality. Our event took place at Impact Hub Accra, a local innovation space hosting many start-ups.

The summit discussed the importance of the SDGs, outlined practical ways to make social impact, and highlighted the role of strategic partnerships, financing and engagements to bring about global change.

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Our esteemed moderator and panellists leading the conversation on urban sustainability

Aside following the global discourse online, we put together an interactive panel discussion titled ‘Exploring Urban Sustainability’. The panel was moderatored by Dr Thomas Tagoe of GhScientific and panellists were Cordie Aziz of Environment360 and Ama Frimpomaa Adjei Ayim of Heels and Boots International. Some of the questions discussed were:

  1. What do you consider to be the greatest strengths of the city of Accra?

  2. What do you consider to be the three most important or pressing challenges of Accra? Who is affected by these challenges and how are they affected?

  3. How does your initiative address them? Which SDGs are you targeting?

  4. Are there other solutions, local or abroad, that can amplify your impact?

  5. What are the greatest challenges you face in your line of work and what can be done to resolve them?

  6. What should government be doing to drive urban development?

  7. How can young people contribute meaningful to the attainment of the SDGs?

  8. Give us a vision of your ideal Accra

We used Storify to collect social media posts made by participants, which summed up the discussions.

The panellists discharged themselves brilliantly and deeply enriched our understanding of some of the greatest challenges and opportunities of Ghana’s capital, Accra. What remains to be done is to mobilise all key stakeholders and work together to improve the quality of life of the city. We loook forward to being part of similar conversations on sustainability. You can join our Facebook Community, or engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we explore this topic more.

Author: Global Lab

Global Lab Network is building Ghana's open science and open innovation community. We're connecting students, scientists, educators, innovators, researchers and change makers to solve the problems we face using the tools we have.

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