ONLINE

29-30 JUNE, 2020

29-30 JUNE, 2020

GREEN DAYS 2020:
RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT

ONLINE TALKS

Connecting changemakers from across the world for two days of inspiration, green impact, and sustainable innovation.

At Green Days 2020 we believe we can build a safer, and more resilient future for people and nature.

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Stay in the loop – Green Days 2020 gathers people, institutions & companies rethinking development

At #greendays2020, we will be connecting changemakers from around the world who share a passion to create a better future by directing and accelerating sustainability.  It is time to step outside the conventional lenses of mainstream development in a world beset by sharp inequalities, financial instability, and pressing environmental challenges.

Pre-conference event

Invitation-only online workshop

Circular Economy Roadmap with Ms. Ladeja Godina Košir
FRIDAY, June 5, 2020
09:00 AM – 12:00 MIDDAY

Registration for the conference’s Zoom call are closed.
You can follow live stream of the conference on our YouTube and Facebook channels.

Green Days 2020 thematic sessions

Circular advantage: the economic and business rationale

Our society is based on growth, yet much of this growth has come at the expense of our natural environment.

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Future-driven innovation

As technology continues to advance at breakneck speed, countries are racing to the top with open data to drive digital innovation.

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Turning promises into action: Climate Promise 2030

Carbon emissions have fallen significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this reduction will not last if governments do not start moving to cleaner energies.

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Tourism 2020: planning recovery for the long term

The coronavirus crisis has severely affected the tourist industry but with the right measures in place to support the survival of the sector…

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Opening address

Milutin Simović

Milutin Simović

Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Montenegro

Mirjana Špoljarić Egger

Mirjana Špoljarić Egger

Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau

Vlastimir Golubović

Vlastimir Golubović

President, Chamber of Economy of Montenegro

Meet our Green Days 2020 speakers

Janez Potočnik

Janez Potočnik

Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel

Mr Potočnik is co-chair of the UN’s International Resource Panel and a former European Commissioner for the Environment. He has held many important positions and has extensive experience in the realm of the environment, economics, and European Affairs. In September 2013 he received the United Nation’s Champions of the Earth Award.

Jyri Arponen

Jyri Arponen

Senior Lead for Circular Economy, SITRA, Finland

Having worked for 25 years in business development, marketing and financing, as well as accelerating company growth and internationalization, he is now Senior Lead in the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, directing a circular business programme with the technology industry to help the enterprises and companies to turn inefficiencies in the current linear value chains into business value with circular business models.

George Tavoularis

George Tavoularis

Expert in Waste Management Systems, Enviroplan S.A., Greece

Mr. Tavoularis has more than 20 years of professional experience in the strategic planning of solid waste management, as well as in the design of treatment facilities for municipal and hazardous waste in accordance with EU and international standards. He regularly contributes to particular topics regarding biowaste recycling and as a wastewater biosolids hygienist. He is the Team Leader of the UNDP project “Development of Food Waste Assessment for Montenegro”.
Dejan Mitrović

Dejan Mitrović

CEO, Department 22, United Kingdom

Mr Mitrović is a creative entrepreneur focused on design, new technology, and food. He is the co-founder and director of Department 22 – an innovation consultancy for sustainability in the food sector. His past experience includes: Kidesign – a creative studio for educational toys and games; the design of a chair for African rural schools; visual installations for the London Olympic Park, etc.
Darja Figelj

Darja Figelj

Executive Director, Interseroh, Slovenia

Darja is General Manager at Interseroh d.o.o. an integral part of the Berlin-based recycling and environmental service provider ALBA Group. Interseroh is a company specialized in waste product management, a leading service provider in the field of sustainability and pioneer in the field of closing loops of products, materials or the logistics circles.
Ladeja Godina Košir

Ladeja Godina Košir

CEO of Circular Change, the Chair of European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP)

Ms. Ladeja Godina Košir is an international circular economy expert, speaker, and moderator, founder & CEO of Circular Change, co-leader of the Research Group CE Systems in the BCSSS and Chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP). Ladeja is the co-author of the Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia and in Serbia. She was a finalist in The Circular Leadership Awards 2018 (Davos WEF).
Ana Trbović

Ana Trbović

European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Dr Ana Trbović is the co-founder and COO of Grid Singularity, a green energy blockchain venture that was proclaimed the 2018 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. She serves as a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and of the Energy Web Foundation, which strives to unleash blockchain’s potential to accelerate the transition to a decentralized, democratized, decarbonized, and resilient energy system.

Alison Kemp

Alison Kemp

UK Ambassador to Montenegro

Ms Alison Kemp was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Montenegro in May 2017. She has been a member of the British Diplomatic Service since 1997 and served in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Liberia, Iraq, and Yemen. She led the “Greening the FCO” programme from 2008 to 2020, which aspired to make the British Foreign Office carbon neutral by 2020.

Sanja Damjanović

Sanja Damjanović

Minister of Science, Montenegro

Ms Sanja Damjanović, the Montenegrin Science Minister since 2016, received her PhD in physics from Heidelberg University in 2002. Since 1999, she has participated in various international teams, working in CERN and GSI-FAIR.  Following an initiative by Prof. Herwig Schopper, she has been advocating for the creation of the SEE International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST) since 2017, becoming the chairperson of the project’s Intergovernmental Steering Committee in 2018.
Viktor Simončić

Viktor Simončić

Independent environmentalist, Slovenia

Mr Simončić advocates the need to adapt sustainable development and the latest paradigm of circular economy to local conditions. He understands combating climate change as an opportunity for sustainable local development and local business opportunities. Mr Simončić has more than 40 years of experience in education and business, and as a public servant in the state administrations in Croatia and Slovenia.

Dobrivoje - Lale Erić

Dobrivoje - Lale Erić

Centre for the Promotion of Science, Serbia

Mr Erić is leading International Cooperation at Serbia’s Centre for the Promotion of Science. He is also managing two other EU projects – the European Artificial Intelligence Lab (Creative Europe) and RRING (H2020) – aimed, respectively, at increasing AI literacy and its understanding by the wider public, and at emphasizing the social relevance of the processes of research and innovation.

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

UNDP Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance

Pradeep leads UNDP’s Nature, Climate and Energy team at UNDP’s Headquarters in New York, as well as overseeing more than 200 policy and technical advisors located in UNDP’s 5 regional hubs (Addis Ababa, Amman Bangkok, Istanbul, and Panama). He also has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and management of UNDP’s engagement with the global environmental vertical funds (GEF, GCF, AF, CBIT), overseeing a portfolio of over $5 billion in grant financing across 142 countries, covering ecosystems and biodiversity; forests; ocean and water governance; climate strategies and policy; climate change adaptation and mitigation; energy; and sustainable management of chemicals and waste.
Ivana Vojinović

Ivana Vojinović

General Director for the Environment, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

Ms Ivana Vojinović, the General Director for Environment in the Government of Montenegro since 2011, received her Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Montenegro in 2007. Currently she is working on her PhD thesis. She covers the position of Negotiator between Montenegro and the European Union for Chapter 27 – The Environment and Climate Change, and teaches at the University of Donja Gorica in the Faculty of Polytechnics.
Nikola Vujović

Nikola Vujović

State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Montenegro

Hermann Spitz

Hermann Spitz

Head of the Cooperation Section, Delegation of European Union to Montenegro

Hermann Spitz has been posted to the EU Delegation in Podgorica since September, 2017 where he is in charge of the team managing the EU’s cooperation programme with Montenegro. Before coming to Podgorica he was posted to the EU Delegation in Gaborone, Botswana. Hermann Spitz has spent some 30 years working for the European Commission. During much of this time he was assigned to the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. Other assignments included DG Agriculture and DG Industry. He started his professional carrier in the German Ministry for Agriculture. Mr. Spitz is a trained agronomist and holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences. He is married with four adult children.
Goran Svilanović

Goran Svilanović

Diplomat, Serbia

Mr. Svilanović served as Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (2013–2018). From 2008 to 2012 he was Coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities. In November 2004, he became Chairman of Working Table I (Democratization and Human Rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, where he served until the end of 2007.
Damir Davidović

Damir Davidović

State Secretary, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

Damir is a Secretary of State in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism responsible for implementation and supervision of polices in the field of tourism. Prior to joining the Ministry, Damir worked in private sector in the field of international trade and project implementation in Montenegro. He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Montenegro, later worked as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Parliament of Montenegro, after that also as Chief of Cabinet to Mayor of the Capital City of Montenegro, before being appointed for two terms as Secretary General of the Parliament of Montenegro. Damir holds M.Sc. in European Affairs and B.Sc. in International Management.

 Alessandra Priante

Alessandra Priante

Director Regional Department for Europe, UNWTO

Matthias Beyer

Matthias Beyer

Mascontour GmbH, Germany

Mr. Matthias Beyer, Dipl.-Ing., the founder and owner of Mascontour GmbH, is an expert in sustainable tourism and has been working for 18 years as an international consultant, trainer, and moderator on all continents.
Dušan Lukič

Dušan Lukič

New Mobility Project Leader at Porsche, Slovenia

Mr Lukič is the New Mobility Project Leader at Porsche, Slovenia. This former editor-in-chief of Avto Magazin and Plugin Magazine has been at the forefront of e-mobility in Slovenia for more than 20 years, and at Porsche Slovenia he is in charge not only of e-mobility projects, but works within a much wider area, including all other areas that include electric or alternative mobility, cooperation with local communities, and energy management and optimization.
Ana Tripković Marković

Ana Tripković Marković

Professor and Researcher specialized in sustainable tourism

Ms. Ana Tripković Marković is tourism professor and researcher, with a special focus on tourism destination management. Since 2017 she has been Head of the Office for EU Integration and Cooperation in the Municipality of Budva.
Rambo Amadeus

Rambo Amadeus

Musician, author & environmentalist

Rambo Amadeus is one of the most respected rock music figures from ex-Yugoslavia region. He is a renowned songwriter, guitarist, singer, entertainer, composer, band leader and graduated in Tourism from the University of Belgrade. He is a passionate advocate for environmental protection with a unique approach to healthy and responsible living. He is a UNICEF national goodwill ambassador and promoter of media literacy.

Green Days 2020 agenda

10:00 – 10:30

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Milutin Simovic, Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Montenegro
  • Mirjana Špoljarić Egger, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS
  • Vlastimir Golubović, President, Chamber of Economy of Montenegro

10:30 – 11:00

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel, Download PDF

11:00 – 12:15

PLENARY SESSION 1  CIRCULAR ADVANTAGE: THE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS RATIONALE

Keynote presentation: Jyri Arponen, Senior Lead for Circular Economy, SITRA, Finland, Download PDF

Panellists:

  • George Tavoularis, Expert in Waste Management Systems, Enviroplan S.A., Greece, Download PDF
  • Dejan Mitrović, CEO, Department 22, United Kingdom, Download PDF
  • Darja Figelj, Executive Director, Interseroh, Slovenia, Download PDF

Moderator: Ladeja Godina Kosir, CEO of Circular Change, the Chair of European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP)

This session is held in partnership with the 5th Circular Change Conference.

12.15 – 12.45

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

12.45 – 13.00

BREAK: Session Highlights

13:00 – 14:15

PLENARY SESSION 2  FUTURE-DRIVEN INNOVATION

Keynote presentation: Ana Trbović, European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), Download PDF

Panellists:

  • H.E. Alison Kemp, UK Ambassador to Montenegro
  • Sanja Damjanović, Minister of Science, Montenegro, Download PDF
  • Viktor Simončić, Independent environmentalist, Slovenia, Download PDF

Moderator: Dobrivoje Lale Erić, Centre for the Promotion of Science, Serbia

14.15 – 14.45

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

14.45

OVERVIEW/HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 1

10:00 – 11:15

PLENARY SESSION 3  TURNING PROMISES INTO ACTION: CLIMATE PROMISE 2030

Keynote presentation: Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, UNDP Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, Download PDF

Panellists:

  • Ivana Vojinović, General Director for the Environment, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro, Download PDF
  • Nikola Vujović, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Montenegro, Download PDF
  • Hermann Spitz, Head of the Cooperation Section, Delegation of European Union to Montenegro, Download PDF

Moderator: Goran Svilanović, Diplomat, Serbia

11.15 – 11.45

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

11.45 – 12.00

BREAK: Session Highlights

12:00– 13:15

PLENARY SESSION 4  TOURISM 2020: PLANNING RECOVERY FOR THE LONG TERM

Keynote presentation: Damir Davidović, State Secretary, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

Panellists:

  • Alessandra Priante, Director Regional Department for Europe, UNWTO
  • Matthias Beyer, Mascontour GmbH, Germany, Download PDF
  • Dušan Lukič, New Mobility Project Leader at Porsche, Slovenia, Download PDF

Moderator: Ana Marković, Professor and Researcher specialized in sustainable tourism

Antonije Pušić, a.k.a. Rambo Amadeus – creative message for the low-carbon future of Montenegro (pre-recorded)

13.15 – 13.45

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

13.45

CLOSING REMARKS AND CONCLUSIONS

Registrations are closed.
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