G-STIC 2017 key conference findings

G-STIC aims to catalyse the process of better harnessing sustainable technology & innovation to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and to improve human well-being and prosperity broadly.

G-STIC 2017 has provided deep insights

G-STIC 2017, the first in series of annual conferences, aimed at identifying and promoting market-ready, innovative technological solutions needed to achieve the SDGs – implementable solutions that are scalable and sustainable both from a societal and economic perspective. 

G-STIC 2017 focused on integrated solutions that work across disciplines and sectors, and assessed how to accelerate and make 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 multi-nationals and start-ups.

Four key findings clearly emerged from G-STIC 2017


Many technologies needed to achieve many SDG-related targets are readily available. Following demonstration to show effectiveness under real-life conditions, we need to develop strategies for deployment at scale to a level necessary to achieve the SDGs. For this, suitable policy and institutional environments, models, targeted incentives and partnerships are needed, which themselves are underpinned and strengthened by deep and sustained business, political and citizen engagement.


Widely distributed and bottom-uptechnological solutions that are appropriate for communities’ needs and circumstances are to drive the realisation of the energy and food SDGs, two key SDGs for achieving the 2030 Agenda.


Circular economy is an essential element ofthe 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.


ICTs are an indispensable tool to enable the achievement of the SDGs.

Chairperson summary

The 4 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.

Read 2017 chairperson summary

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