About the G-STIC 2018 conference

A Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference that aims to facilitate the world-wide implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals


This video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the side event ‘G-STIC 2017: Technological solutions for the SDGs’ presented at the Belgium Mission to the UN during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York on Wednesday July 12 2017. This video was produced by Tasha Goldberg and filmed/edited by Nemo Allen.


Catalysing change

to implement a sustainable development path


By adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 2015) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (December 2015), the international community has set clear goals to shift the world onto a sustainable development path. To limit global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, a transition is needed to more resilient economic and social development models. That in turn requires the active participation of all sectors of society to contribute to the world-wide implementation of new technologies, and new ways of producing and consuming.


Under the lead of VITO (the prime research and technology organisation on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium), a number of independent and not-for-profit technological research institutes are teaming up to organise a series of Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conferences (G-STIC). Bringing together key stakeholders from Science, Technology and Innovation communities (including the private sector) the G-STIC Conference series will help catalyse change, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development. G-STIC will provide all stakeholders with a forum to review, discuss and identify internationally relevant technological innovations that can lead the world on a more sustainable development course.

Supporting a global transition

to more sustainable societies and economies


Launching G-STIC is the response of VITO and its international partners to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (December 2015) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 2015). To limit global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, a global transition towards less resource-intensive and more resilient economic and social development models is of the utmost importance. G-STIC aims to help accomplish that transition by contributing a robust technology advisory system to the United Nations and other multilateral governance systems.

Promoting collaboration

among technology stakeholders

G-STIC facilitates the co-design and co-production of knowledge and solutions that are needed to implement the climate change agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, by fostering collaboration among Science, Technology and Innovation communities. Technology transfer is widely recognised as an important means to enable the kind of economic and social transformation that will help achieve the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, and is therefore one of the G-STIC series’ major objectives.


But, to be successful, promoting collaboration and cooperation must go far beyond the Science, Technology and Innovation expert communities. G-STIC therefore also invites the right mix of policy makers from national and international levels, to make technology know-how available for global policy setting.

Bridging the gap

between technology and policy-making

Designed to bridge the gap between technology development and policy-making, G-STIC aims to contribute a robust technology advisory system to the United Nations – effectively supporting a worldwide transition to more sustainable societies and economies. By supporting the discussions, negotiation processes, and expert meetings convened under the UN umbrella with the best available Science, Technology and Innovation reviews, the G-STIC series helps translate technology research into actionable agenda items for sustainable development and climate change policy setting.

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