A Special G-STIC Event organised in the context of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation

16 May 2019, 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM, UN Headquarters New York

Towards a one-stop shop for innovative, market-ready technological solutions for the SDGs

The transition to a sustainable society, in line with the SDGs, requires the deployment at scale of best available, transformative and innovative integrated technological solutions to (re)direct current economic development towards more sustainable development and investment patterns. Business as usual is just not an option to achieve the SDGs.

This Special Event, organized by G-STIC on the occasion of the 2019 STI Forum, will showcase some market-ready, innovative integrated technological solutions as examples of doable ways to bring about paradigm shifts and move societies and economies onto more sustainable development paths. Agenda 2030 requires new ways of doing business, and deep technological transitions are part and parcel of it. All over the world, technological innovations exist (from wastewater treatment, desalination, mining, carbon capture and use,... to the use of big data, artificial intelligence, 3D-printing,...) that allow countries to jumpstart sustainable economic development and become market leaders in the emerging green economy.

Following the Special G-STIC Event on the occasion of the 2018 STI Forum, this 2019 Event will further illustrate how integrated technological solutions are significantly contributing to the achievement of the SDGs under different socio-economic conditions around the world. Systematic and well-documented approaches are needed to come to a library of transformative technologies and to provide a one-stop shop for knowledge about transformative, innovative technologies that cut across industrial sectors, foster economic development and inspire societies move toward more sustainable development patterns.

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Sessions have been moderated by Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd, Policy Director G-STIC.

Session 1 - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Opening remarks

Why innovative integrated technological solutions are needed to transition to Sustainable Development

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN

H.E. Mr. Mauro Vieira, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN

H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN & Co-Chair of the 2019 STI Forum

H.E. Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN & Co-Chair of the 2019 STI Forum

Mr. Shantanu Mukherjee, Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA

Session 2 - 10:30 AM

10:30 PM - 11:00 AM

Promoting inclusion and equity in technological systems

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentations by stakeholders

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

Ms. Helene Molinier, Senior Policy Advisor on Innovation, UN Women


Banana Fiber Keeps Women Working

Ms. Connie Lewin, Director of Strategy, Sustainable Health Enterprises


Youth and sustainable technology - Jump-starting the SDGs

Ms. Marta Galambos, Technology Focal Point for the Financing for Development Working Group - UNMGCY

Session 3 - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Transformative technological transitions in the context of STI roadmaps for the SDGs

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM
Interactive panel discussion


  • Dr. Paulo Gadelha, Fiocruz, former President & coordinator Strategy for 2030 Agenda, Member of the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism
  • Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, Senior Advisor/Former President, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Member of the 10-Member Group
  • Ms. Signe Ratso, Deputy Director General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Mr. Al Watkins, Chairman, Global Solutions Summit

Session 4 - 11:40 AM

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

Integrated technological solutions in action to achieve decent work and economic growth (SDG8)

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM
Interactive panel discussion


  • Mr. Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director, VITO
  • Ms. Iana Aranda, President, Engineering for Change
  • Ms. Maisie Devine, Global Director, Sustainability Investments & Accelerator, AB-InBev
  • Mr. Andrea Carafa, Technologist & Design Thinking Fellow, Stanford University

Session 5 - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Elevator pitches of innovators and solution providers

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Short pitches

Elevator pitches of innovators and solution providers

Closing - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

G-STIC 2019

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Sneak preview G-STIC 2019

Dr. Dietrich Van der Weken, General Manager G-STIC, VITO

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