A G-STIC Special Event organised in the context of the STI Forum,

the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation

7 June 2018, UN Headquarters New York


This G-STIC Special Event, organised in the context of the third STI Forum, offers 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 will be 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.

The event will showcase 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’s 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.

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. This second edition of the G-STIC conference series will be organised in Brussels from November 28 to November 30, 2018.



FROM 9:30 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Opening remarks

Reflections from co-organizing Member States and co-hosts of G-STIC 2018

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM


H.E. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (TBC)

H.E. Toshiya Hoshino, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations & Co-Chair of the 2018 STI Forum

H.E. Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations & Co-Chair of the 2018 STI Forum

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion with co-hosts G-STIC 2018

Why we need major technological transitions to achieve the SDGs?

Dirk Fransaer, VITO, Managing Director

Paulo Gadelha, Fiocruz, former President & coordinator Strategy for 2030 Agenda, Member of the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

Kennedy Orwa, African Centre for Technology Studies, Executive Director


11:00 AM - 12:10 PM

Deep dive into integrated technological solutions

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Presentations by different stakeholders

Integrated technological solutions in the energy and wastewater sector

Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director VITO

ICT for sustainable development – an industry perspective

Luis Neves, Managing Director GeSI

Smart Cities and Sustainability: Improving Environmental Infrastructure with the Internet of Things

Owen Rodgers, Chief Architect AT&T

Energy positive communities: transforming access, efficiency and availability 

Hafeez Rehman, Senior Director TERI Europe, Director VITO India

11:45 AM – 12:10 PM
Q&A session

Interactive discussion with the audience


12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

Gender mainstreaming and Youth Engagement as cross-cutting themes of G-STIC

12:10 PM – 12:40 PM
Presentations by different stakeholders

Unlocking the potential of women as driver for sustainable technology and innovation

Helene Molinier, Head Innovation and Technology facility, UN Women

Indigenous women in rural Mexico are taking the innovation process in their hands

Felipa Luisa Perez Angeles, Member of Milpa Maguey Tierno de la Mujer Sociedad de Solidaridad Social

Youth and sustainable technology - Jump-starting the SDGs

Louise de Tremerie, Focal Point for the Science-Policy Interface Platform, UNMGCY

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM
Q&A session

Interactive discussion with the audience


1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Sneak preview programme G-STIC 2018

Veerle Vandeweerd, Policy Director G-STIC



Participation in this G-STIC Special Event is free of charge. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. However, you must register in advance (no later than May 30) if you wish to attend. For security reasons, no walk-up registrations will be permitted. If you are not registered in advance, you will not be permitted to enter the UN grounds.

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