The Forum for Global Challenges

From the Institute for Global Innovation, welcome to the Forum for Global Challenges, a solutions-focused international events series and dialogue.

From the devastating impacts of climate change and the destruction of the natural world to the effect of pandemics on jobs and livelihoods, there is an urgent need to create a better, fairer and more inclusive future for all people and the planet. Yet the response to global challenges has long been slow and inadequate, with low- and middle-income countries bearing a lot of the impact.

We need to come together to catalyse solutions for the global challenges.

Forum for Global Challenges, 2022: Breakthroughs guaranteed
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The inaugural Forum has been convened by our researchers from the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham, a global top 100 university, in collaboration with the World Bank, UNESCO, the Confederation of British Industry, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and UK Research and Innovation.

With a history of inspiring, supporting and delivering world-leading, multidisciplinary research, the IGI knows that change is possible. Through the Forum, we will identify, generate and share solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The programme focuses on creating multi-sector partnerships that can create real change, tackling the critical issues of climate change and inequality.


Here at the University of Birmingham, we have a long history of firsts, and the Forum is part of this. Culminating in a hybrid international meeting in Birmingham, UK on 3 - 5 May 2022, it will bring together academics, policy-makers, practitioners, the private sector, civil society and the public to convene around an agenda of climate change and inequality and includes keynote speakers such as Gabriela Ramos (Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO), Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam GB), Dr Sandie Okoro (Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group), and Andrew Mitchell (Former Secretary of State for International Development and MP).

This is not a typical academic conference, there will be a chance to showcase your policy, societal and technical solutions and make new connections and build partnerships, beyond your sector. It’s all in the spirit of doing things a little differently.

The Forum has ambitious impact objectives, including:

  • Inform policy and practice at the local, national and global levels
  • Convene effective, solution-focused collaborations and coalitions
  • Educate the next generation of leaders, practitioners, policymakers and the public
  • Develop international initiatives
  • Inspire engagement of the public, and especially youth, in addressing these challenges

These activities will be delivered, sustained and developed further through the agendas of the Forum’s partners; through the deep involvement of policy makers in co creating and delivering the Forum, and through new collaborations between industry, policy makers, academia and NGOs to develop and deliver these solutions.