The Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference Series
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.
One of the G-STIC key objectives is to support technological discussions in the UN and other international policy forums as they relate to the SDGs, the climate goals, and the Means of Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
G-STIC 2018 Outlook
Starting from the outcomes of the 2017 conference and with the main focus on building synergies within and between sectors, G-STIC 2018 will
- accelerate opportunities for integrated solutions, further developing recommendations for policy actions that are critically important to upscale the use of integrated technological solutions that address several SDGs at the same time.
- introduce new integrated solutions, that have the potential to impact the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in a significant way, and that are socially acceptable and economically feasible at the same time.
- invites companies to showcase their engagement towards the implementation of the SDGs, either by demonstrating thought leadership, showing integrated solutions in action or exhibiting market-ready and globally scalable technologies.
G-STIC 2017 Key Findings
G‐STIC 2017, the first in series of annual conferences, aimed at identifying and promoting market‐ready integrated technological solutions needed to achieve the SDGs – implementable solutions that are scalable and sustainable both from a societal and economic perspective. G‐STIC 2017 also focused on assessing how to accelerate and making more effective their deployment to help resolve the myriad of challenges that lie ahead.
G‐STIC 2017 has provided deep insights, in particular paying attention to underserved and marginalized communities, and has identified holistic solutions that can be applied now and work for small‐scale farmers and rural households as well as multinationals and start‐ups.
Four key findings clearly emerged from the first G-STIC conference:
(1) Many technologies needed to achieve many SDG-related targets are readily available.
(2) Widely distributed and bottom-up technological solutions that are appropriate for communities’ needs and circumstances are to drive the realization of the energy and food SDGs, two key SDGs for achieving Agenda 2030.
(3) Circular economy is an essential element of the new narrative, with Industry 4.0 a key enabler to achieve it and resource recovery and use from waste streams, such as waste water and CO2, the new normal.
(4) ICTs are an indispensable tool to enable the achievement of the SDGs.
These key findings, as well as the other major messages emerging from the G-STIC 1017 conference, have been documented in the Chairperson Summary. Along with the established communities of practitioners, this summary provides an excellent starting point to ensure that the messages of G-STIC 2017 are heard by policymakers and industry leaders alike, and to prepare G-STIC 2018.