Together for a Sustainable Future - JPI Declaration on “Driving research and innovation to address global challenges | JPI OCEANS

Together for a Sustainable Future - JPI Declaration on “Driving research and innovation to address global challenges

2018.10.02

Together for a Sustainable Future - JPI Declaration on “Driving research and innovation to address global challenges

On 19-20 September, the heads of the Governing Boards of the  ten JPIs, the European Commission, research institutes and national organizations met in Vienna at a conference "10 Years Joint Programming" to reflect on past experiences and to discuss the future role of the JPIs. 
The event was organised under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU by JPI Urban Europe, together with the other 9 JPIs,  the Austrian research promotion agency FFG,  the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF),  aimed to strengthen Europe’s pioneering role in achieving the UN Agenda 2030 and its sustainable development goals.
 
At the event it was stressed that major societal challenges can only be tackled jointly and with substantial support from research and innovation. Thus, creating robust evidence to tackle pressing global challenges and building capacities in research, policy and society to act on these is more urgent than ever. Over the last ten years, JPIs have proven to be effective strategic partnerships that significantly enhance the European Research Area. They provide unique portfolios of instruments that are designed to address those challenges and inform transitions towards sustainable futures. By doing so, JPIs are contributing to achieving key global goals included under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 10 years the ten JPIs have mobilised more than €650 million in research investments, supporting almost 500 research projects and engaging more than 50 countries in Europe and beyond.
 
A special feature of the JPIs is the creation of a research environment that is tailored to the respective thematic priorities. This includes the strong involvement of policy makers and society in research and innovation, the establishment of joint research infrastructures as well as new approaches to research funding and the exploitation of results. Providing concrete examples of the science-policy interface, Jakob Granit, General Director of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, presented three JPI Oceans actions and their wider policy impact at the conference: 
 
At the end of the conference the chairs of the ten JPIs signed the declaration "Driving research and innovation to address global challenges". The aim is to strengthen Europe's pioneering role in achieving the UN Agenda 2030 and its sustainable development goals. The JPIs are further committed to team up with the European Commission in the upcoming Horizon Europe programme.
 
 
Ingolf Schädler, Deputy Head of Section at the BMVIT and co-initiator and former Chairman of JPI Urban Europe, emphasised: "With regard to the current negotiations on the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ‘Horizon Europe’ and the discussion of future European missions, the JPIs have a wealth of experience to offer. Moreover, JPIs are a suitable platform for efficiently shaping the future cooperation of the member states on the respective topics together with the European Commission."

Photo credit: FFG © Peter Spiola

JPI Oceans AISBL  •   Rue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 626 16 60   •     jpioceans@rcn.no
Website developed and maintained by VLIZ | Privacy and Cookie policy