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EVENTS

Chris attends, organises, participates in and speaks at many events. A selection of past and upcoming events is shown here. If you are interested to engage Chris Jones for your event then please use the link below.

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY SWITZERLAND - ROMANDIE LAUNCH

A major regional circular economy launch

On August 30, 2019, an event will take place at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne. This event is the official launch of the Swiss movement for a circular economy in French-speaking Switzerland. This day is the continuation of the launch of this movement (CES Circular Economy Switzerland) which took place on February 5, 2019 in Basel.

During the event, Chris will join innovative food systems entrepreneurs at an informative exhibition where there will be displays, presentations and interactive sessions.

FOOD SYSTEMS AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

This event, co-hosted and presented by Chris Jones on June 17th 2019, with Impact Hub Lausanne and Circular Economy Transition Switzerland, built upon the event held in Geneva in April. 

The evening focused on how developed cities can embrace the food system as a catalyst for achieving economic, social and environmental benefits. There were references to success stories, policies and strategies from cities including Paris, Brussels, Madrid, New York and Sao Paolo plus examples of real, working urban food projects and businesses as diverse as hi-tech hydro- and aquaponic indoor systems, to rooftop green houses, vertical façade farms and community based education and nutrition initiatives.

FEEDING CITIES: FIXING CITIES

This INSPIRE event, organised and presented by Chris Jones, took place on April 8th 2019 at Impact Hub Geneva. The topic was 'Urban Agriculture as a catalyst for creating livable resilient cities'


The presentation explored some of the opportunities and challenges surrounding urban food production as part of circular economy based urban revitalisation strategies including bottom-up approaches and embracing techniques from simple, low-tech to integrated high-tech interventions.

The evening was attended by diverse professionals, enthusiasts and food entrepreneurs who came together to discuss and explore some of the key challenges facing our cities and our planet as we look to find solutions for energy, food and creating affordable livable cities.

DRAWDOWN RESEARCH TO ACTION CONFERENCE

Project Drawdown is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown — Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown.

During this event, leading scientific experts and researchers from around the world will engage in a critical discussion about the most innovative and promising climate change solutions and upcoming research.

This event launched a globa call for submissions and the 'Feeding Cities: Fixing Cities' abstract and poster prepared by Chris Jones, was accepted for presentation during the event and inclusion in the events digital and physical exhibition. 

For information about the event click the link below and for the project poster visit the 'Future City Hub' project page.

This conference aims to connect international partners and research institutions. The three-day conference will focus on analysis and peer review of the portfolio of over 100 individual solutions, discuss synergies and interactions among sectors and evaluate implementation pathways including successful examples from around the world.

UN SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Affordability and Sustainability of Cities

On the 1st of October 2018, Chris Jones will join discussions at the United Nations in Geneva on the topic of SDG11 - Sustainable Cities.

The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management is organizing In Focus: SDG 11. This roundtable discussion will provide a platform for dialogue on the successes and challenges in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and other urban-related SDGs. 

It is a follow-up to the review of SDG11 and the relevant urban SDGs since last year’s Regional Forum for Sustainable Development for the UNECE region and the High-level Political Forum. The event is a continued effort to review the progress towards achieving of SDG11 and the relevant urban related goals by 2030. It will be a follow-up to the IN FOCUS: SDG 11 event that was held last year.

The roundtable will also provide a platform to: 

  • Foster cooperation between UN agencies, private, public, NGOs, academia and civil society

  • Brainstorm to create synergies to promote effective implementation of SDG 11; and

  • Create joint initiatives and activities to ensure the highest and coordinated impact in implementing SDG 11 and other urban related SDGs.

The roundtable discussion will encourage participants from various backgrounds: UN, NGOs, private and public sector, local governments etc. to connect and work together to achieve SDG 11 and implement the new urban agenda.

FOODHACK INVESTORS EVENT

Linking investment and food innovation

Organised and hosted by FoodHack Switzerland, this event will showcase some of the top emerging Food & FoodTech startups shaping the future of food for good. During the event the founders of established startups will share their experiences from founding to funding whilst there will also be presentations by, and discussions with some of the leading investors in the FoodTech scene that are fuelling the industries growth.

Chris Jones will be attending this event and discussing how to bridge the link between innovative food startups and entrepreneurs, business cases and holistic planning approaches for city and local governments and developers.

EAT LANCET REPORT LAUNCH

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On May 20th, the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets for sustainable food systems was launched at the United Nations in Geneva.


The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet.

Chris Jones attended this launch event sharing in fascinating discussions.

The Commission is delivering the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.

UN DAY OF CITIES

Lessons learnt and lessons shared by global cities

The Day of Cities event held by the UNECE at the United Nations in Geneva, April 8th 2019, brought together Mayors, urban managers and other key municipal practitioners for an exchange of views and knowledge sharing of good practices and successful planning strategies. In two roundtables, Mayors and Deputy Mayors discussed approaches on how to create smart sustainable cities, focusing on ways to improve the quality of life of people and on improving efficiency of urban operations, services and competitiveness. 

The event also featured a cities exhibition with many participant cities sharing their ongoing achievements, best practices and future plans. 

Chris Jones attended this event making connections with a variety of cities across the UNECE region.