World Climate Summit in Madrid
03 Dec 2019 /

World Climate Summit in Madrid

Valencia World Design Capital 2022 will present during the Climate Summit in Madrid the importance of the presence of sustainable design in the solutions proposed in the fight against climate change.

Specifically, the group representing Valencian design will intervene in the Green Zone of the summit, intended for the general public, at a meeting organised by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities with the recent winners of National Innovation and Design Awards, presented last November.

The round table “Design, Innovation and Climate Change” (Wednesday, 4 December, at 1 p.m.) will include contributions by the strategic director of Valencia World Design Capital 2022, Xavi Calvo, and the Valencian winners of the National Innovation and Design Awards 2019: the designer Marisa Gallén and the company Point, which specialises in designing outdoor furniture, represented on this occasion by its commercial director, Vicent Pons.

Sustainability and design play an important role not only in the schedule of activities proposed for 2022 but they are also at the heart of a large proportion of the project discourse.

The round table will also benefit from the participation of José Romo, CEO of FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, awarded a Special Mention in Design in the “Company” category in the National Innovation and Design Awards 2019. The debate will be moderated by the professor of Strategic Design of the IEDE Business School, César Astudillo.

“While we were developing Valencia’s bid we already paid special attention to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability and design play an important role not only in the schedule of activities proposed for 2022 but they are also at the heart of a large proportion of the project discourse. Therefore, for us, having been invited to this Summit represents an excellent opportunity to talk about the World Design Capital and to strike up conversations about the role of design in combatting the great global threat of climate change,” affirms Xavi Calvo.

According to the strategic director of the project, being World Design Capital in 2022 is not only a series of events for Valencia but also “the implementation of a systemic process with regard to the presence of design in the institutions and an opportunity to activate the change of mentality” necessary to assume and demonstrate that “from design, solutions can be implemented for global problems.”

The Twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from 2 to 13 December at Ifema, the trade fair and congress venue of Madrid, a venue chosen by Chile, the host of this summit, as an alternative in view of the social protests taking place in that country.

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