The five co-hosts of G-STIC each have an extensive history of organizing international conferences on cutting-edge technological innovations and solutions and broad societal topics within a sustainability agenda.
These conferences brought together heads of state and government, opinion leaders, policy makers and internationally renowned delegates of industry and academia to debate on global sustainability, climate change, environmental and energy related issues.
In each continent the co-hosts have a tradition of strengthening the impact of technology in regional and global decision making processes while increasing the public understanding of prominent topics including climate change, energy-issues, circular economy, and sustainable chemistry. The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event of TERI and continues the legacy of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was initiated in 2001 with the aim of making ‘sustainable development’ a globally shared goal. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) welcomed Abrascão 2018, the 12th Brazilian Congress on Public Health held from July 26 to 29, and the largest event in the health area in Latin America. The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a pioneering development research think tank on harnessing applications of science, technology and innovation policies for sustainable development in Africa. And VITO has organized the i-SUP and BSDS conferences since 2006.
Together we are now taking the next step in our journey to support a worldwide transition to more sustainable societies and economies in an impacting and effective manner. Launching and supporting the G-STIC conference series is our response to the Paris climate agreement, entering in force on November 4th 2016, and the international community’s adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its associated Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Our intention is to positively influence the way technologies are contributing to realizing the SDGs.
G-STIC 2018 is entirely focused on market-ready integrated technological solutions to achieve the SDGs. Integrated technological solutions not just deal with one sustainable development challenge at a time, but aim to achieve substantial social and economic benefits by tackling multiple challenges at the same time.
By capturing real-life experiences and knowledge of policymakers, technology researchers, business and industry captains, and civil society, G-STIC 2018 aims to accelerate transitions to more sustainable production and consumption processes, with a clear purpose to connect technological innovation to policy making for sustainability
Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director, VITO
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