Accelerating technological transitions for the SDGs

Identifying the critical levers of change

Previous editions of the G-STIC conference successfully helped putting technological transformations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the international policy agenda, and confirmed a commitment toward processes that forward Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs.

This year’s edition reinforces this commitment. The G-STIC community will take the discussion on accelerating technological transitions for the SDGs to a higher level, identify clusters of market-ready technological solutions and start building a living library of transformative technologies across sectors.

Key elements of transformative change

National perspectives from all over the world

High-level government representatives from countries championing technological innovation for the SDGs will provide their national perspective on why breakthrough technological transformations of the industrial infrastructure and economic structure are needed, and how their country is enabling these transformations.

Living the change

Inspiring stories of people pioneering change

Champions of change from different sectors of society will zoom in on specific integrated technological solutions that are already deployed at scale today. During this session, they will use real-life examples to highlight how new technologies require new approaches, new laws and regulation, and new funding mechanisms. In doing so, they will share how they are living the change and how they overcome any challenges along the road.

Building the bridge between technologies and policy setting

Contributing to the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

G-STIC confirmed a concrete engagement toward international processes that forward Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs. We will support the IATT (Inter-agency Task Team) Expert Group on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs under the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and its Annual Multi-Stakeholder STI Forum. 

During a plenary panel discussion, we will discuss with members of the 10-Member Group (who advise the IATT) how G-STIC can contribute to the TFM to build the bridge between technologies and international policy setting.

Towards a living library of integrated technological solutions

Setting the boundary conditions

Following the plenary sessions during the first day of the conference, you will be able to participate in thematic semi-plenary sessions and deep dives to discuss the critical issues to move forward with integrated technological solutions:

  • Which technologies exist that can help us to achieve the SDGs through integrated solutions?
  • What are the enablers and hurdles to accelerate the adoption of these technologies? How do we engage the stakeholders to use these technologies?
  • Which changes are needed in policy, institutions and regulation to accelerate the scale-up of these integrated technologies?

Building on the outcome of these semi-plenary sessions and deep dives, the plenary panel discussion on the final conference day will sift through the choices and delve deeper into a first set of possible criteria to select integrated technological solutions. Criteria will be discussed that help us identify and select, in a scientifically underpinned manner, integrated technological solutions that can substantively contribute to the SDGs, starting the process of building a living library of integrated technological solutions.

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Gaps and needs for further knowledge production & technology development

Reflections by the scientific community

The discussions during the semi-plenary sessions and deep dives will actively engage both policymakers, delegates of the private sector, researchers and scientists. Under the leadership of the International Science Council, a panel of eminent scientists will look back on these discussions and

  • share reflections on the integrated technological solutions identified,
  • highlight possible contributions by science and pinpoint gaps and needs for further knowledge production & technology development if we are to deploy these solutions at scale and progress towards achieving the SDGs,
  • in a broader sense, share thoughts on the role of science and innovation on achieving the SDGs.

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Making the change

Bringing it all together, starting to prepare for 2020

The closing session on the last conference day will compile the key findings emerging from the semi-plenary and deep dive sessions into a Chairperson Summary. This Summary will be made available to all participants to provide further comments and additions.

The Chairperson Summary will help prepare for the G-STIC 2020 conference, supporting the process to make change happen and deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies across sectors, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. 

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