G-STIC Side Event @ CSTD21

May 14th 2018, 13:00 – 15:00 - UN Geneva

Connecting G-STIC 2017 key findings to CSTD21 priority themes

During this Side Event, the connection will be made between the G-STIC 2017 key findings and the two priority themes of the CSTD21: ‘the role of science, technology and innovation to increase substantially the share of renewable energy by 2030’ and ‘building digital competencies to benefit from existing and emerging technologies, with special focus on gender and youth dimensions’.

Next to an introduction into the G-STIC rationale and the findings of the G-STIC 2017 Conference, two presentations will deal with 

  • the renewable energy potential of wastewater treatment,
  • the potential of energy‐positive communities for a sustainable energy system that generates and delivers renewable energy to cover the living and comfort needs within local communities.

For G-STIC, four cross-cutting themes are of fundamental importance to all SDGs: 

  • gender mainstreaming, 
  • youth engagement, 
  • climate-smart technology, 
  • ICT as enabling technology. 

Two of these cross-cutting themes are central in the CSTD21 priorities themes, and were thoroughly examined and discussed during G-STIC 2017.   The related key findings will be presented at this Side Event. 

To be able to attend an to enter the UN grounds, preregistration for this G-STIC side event is mandatory.


Side Event CSTD21
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome by UNCTAD/CSTD
Intro by Kris Dierckx, General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the UN
13:05 - 13:20 STI and SDGs - the G-STIC rationale and results G-STIC 2017
Robby Berloznik, G-STIC
Thematic clusters
13:20 – 13:40 Wastewater as a resource – energy efficiency implications
Ger Bergkamp -ARCOWA
13:40 – 14:00 Moving forward with Centrally Connected and Decentralised Energy Positive Communities
Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman-VITO/TERI
Cross-cutting themes
14:00 – 14:20 The enabling potential of ICT for the SDGs – Private sector case studies from GeSI
Chiara Venturini - Director GeSI
14:20 – 14:40 Youth and sustainable technology - Jump-starting the SDGs
Donovan Gutierrez, Focal Point for the Science-Policy Interface Platform, UNMGCY
Closing session
14:40 – 14:50 Q&A session
14:50 – 15:00 Closure: Preview programme G-STIC 2018
Robby Berloznik G-STIC

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