2017 co-hosts statement

Humanity is at a cross-roads

We launched G-STIC to strengthen and direct technological innovation to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, working across national and sectoral boundaries.


Humanity is at a cross-roads. Rapid developments, fuelled by technological innovations, have helped to bring unprecedented wealth to many parts of the world over the last century and nearly unlimited opportunities for personal development and increased wellbeing. But this expansion has come at a cost to the planet and the people.  

In an increasingly connected world, billions yearn for progress and have the legitimate aspirations of having the same opportunities as the well-off members of the global society. This hope is embodied in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Achieving the SDGs by 2030 is just not possible with the current development model. We need a new story line, a narrative that takes into account the natural boundaries of the planet we all share, while at the same time embracing the opportunities that new technologies offer us. We launched G-STIC to strengthen and direct technological innovation to help the world achieve the SDGs, working across national and sectoral boundaries.

Realizing a worldwide transition to sustainability

Technological innovations offers a unique opportunity, but new ways of developing new technologies and deploying them more effectively at scale will be required


Business as usual will not deliver the SDGs by 2030. Technological innovation offers a great opportunity to transform current production and consumption processes, and realize a worldwide transition to sustainability that can open doors to development and enhancement opportunities for all.

But for this to happen, we also need to strengthen and transform our effort towards innovation. We need to ensure that the science and technology enterprise is directed and harnessed effectively to bring about the kind of changes we desire, especially for those who have been left behind.  This will require new ways of developing new technologies and deploying them more effectively at scale. 

Focusing on integrated technological solutions

It is vital to work across sectors, and to demonstrate how the combination of integrated solutions and new business models works


G-STIC 2017 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 insights and key findings

By communicating insights and findings, it is our ambition to help industry leaders an decision makers set up the frameworks favourable for achieving the SDGs



G-STIC 2017 has provided deep insights, 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.

The insights and key findings that emerged from G-STIC 2017, as well as the vision of the G-STIC 2017 co-hosts, have been summarized in the the Co-hosts Statement. 


Read co-hosts statement

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