Highlights and images for 1 June 2016

United States of America


The Mission Innovation (MI) Inaugural Ministerial convened for its first day on 1 June 2016 in San Francisco, California, US, with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz chairing the meeting. The Ministerial opened with delegates addressing organizational issues, which comprised of, among other things, the enabling framework, including criteria and processes for additional Members to join.

Discussions then turned to baselines, doubling plans, and information sharing. Members reported on progress made in this regard and announced baselines and doubling plans for their countries. Following this, delegates addressed business and investor engagement, and other substantive collaborations. They heard updates on the work of the MI sub-groups on Business and Investor Engagement, Innovation Analysis and Roadmapping, and Joint Research and Capacity Building, including areas for future work.

The Ministerial continued with an open discussion, during which delegates had the opportunity to express their views, and provide further guidance, on MI-related efforts. Delegates discussed: technological cooperation; research and development priorities, including those of the private sector; methods to foster further research and innovation; and domestic policies and cost reduction in renewable technologies.

A public/private innovation breakfast convened in the early morning and included an update on the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily digital coverage from the Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI Ministerial).
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Public/Private Innovation Breakfast

Participants at the MI breakfast session

Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Carlos Moedas, EU

Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Laurence Tubiana, France

Richard Branson, Virgin Group, being interviewed by IISD Reporting Services

Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US

L-R: Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, Richard Branson, Virgin Group, and Bill Gates,
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

View of the MI working breakfast session

Jerry Brown, Governor of California, US

Vardhan Harsh, Minister of Science
and Technology
and Earth Sciences, India

Jonathan Pershing
, US

Bob Hamilton, Canada

Mission Innovation Inaugural Ministerial Closed Door Discussions


Negotiating blocs
European Union