ACCELERATING TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSITIONS TOWARDS THE SDGS
This G-STIC Special Event, organised in the context of the third STI Forum, offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the integrated technological solutions presented at G-STIC 2017 and to help define the content and process of G-STIC 2018 (Brussels, November 28-30). During this Special Event, the G-STIC 2017 Key Findings have been illustrated and enlarged upon with the goal to identify concrete policy actions that can forward sustainable technological transitions towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 internationally agreed ambitious goals to move the world to a more sustainable future by 2030.
This G-STIC Special Event has showcased market-ready and scalable examples of integrated technological solutions that are applied on the ground and that can significantly contribute to the achievements of the SDGs. It has been a unique opportunity for participants to learn more about these practical applications of technological transformations for the SDGs, and to assess the usefulness of their application in their own country in support of the national voluntary action programmes to achieve the SDGs.
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G-STIC, the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference series, aims to accelerate the development, dissemination, and deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Integrated technological solutions not just deal with one sustainable development challenge, but work across disciplines and sectors and tackle multiple challenges at the same time to achieve significant social and economic benefits. They are based on the holistic framework offered by the very concept of sustainability itself, taking the environmental, the social and the economic dimensions into account at the same time. In addition, integrated technological solutions are regionally differentiated and adapted to local, regional, or national needs.
G-STIC 2018 is co-hosted by six independent, not-for-profit technological research organizations. The second edition of the G-STIC conference series will be organised in Brussels from November 28 to November 30, 2018.