G-STIC Side Event @ CSTD21

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

Connecting G-STIC 2017 key findings and CSTD21 priority themes


The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and was established to provide the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council with high-level advice on relevant issues on science, technology and development through analysis and appropriate policy recommendations or options. 


This G-STIC Side Event, organised during the 21st session of CSTD, made the connection between the G-STIC 2017 key findings and the two CSTD21 priority themes: ‘the role of science, technology, and innovation to increase the share of renewable energy substantially by 2030' and ‘building digital competencies to benefit from existing and emerging technologies, with special focus on gender and youth dimensions'.

Learning about the integrated technological solutions presented at G-STIC 2017


Next to a general introduction (Kris Dierckx,General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the UN) and an introduction into the G-STIC rationale and the findings of the G-STIC 2017 Conference (Robby Berloznik, VITO), two presentations dealt with

  • the renewable energy potential of wastewater treatment (Ger Bergkamp, ARCOWA),
  • 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 (Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman, VITO/TERI).

Two of the cross-cutting themes discussed at G-STIC 2017 (ICT as enabling technology, Youth engagement) are central in the CSTD21 priorities themes. Related presentations during the Side Event in Geneva talked about

  • the need for digital skills to implement the SDGs, illustrated by examples from the private sector (Chiara Venturini, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative GeSI),
  • the need to ensure that youth acquires the knowledge and skills needed to promote and support sustainable development (Donovan Guttieres,United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth UNMGCY).

A unique opportunity for the CSTD21 audience


Overall, this Side Event was a unique opportunity for the CSTD21 audience to learn more about the integrated technological solutions presented at G-STIC 2017 and to hear about the content and process of G-STIC 2018 (Brussels, November 28-30) concerning the CSTD21 priority themes.


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 Guttieres, 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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