The current COVID-19 pandemic challenges the global transformation to sustainability and a safe, resilient and equitable future. The pandemic acts as a catalyst for change affecting all dimensions of sustainability and can eventually lead to shocks around the world. Although its undisputable distinctiveness, the current pandemic is representative for global challenges. Thus, learning from the crisis and developing innovative approaches for meeting future challenges is key.
In light of these developments, the TWI2050 virtual Annual meeting on ‘Innovations for Sustainability’ that was organised by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) took place on 31 March. Julia Leininger, (Head of Programme “Transformation of political (dis-)order” at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Dirk Messer, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA), head a working group that is preparing a chapter on ‘Innovation in Governance and Politics’ for the annual TWI2050 report, to which other DIE colleagues will contribute as well.
The TWI2050 initiative is aiming at providing fact-based knowledge to inform the policy process necessary to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and enable a transformation to sustainability. It was launched by IIASA, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). DIE is a steering member of the initiative.