GeSI Event

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) groups 25+ of the world’s leading industry and telecom companies. After coordinating the ICT cross-cutting theme at the 2017 G-STIC, this year GeSI will be organizing a Partner Event discussing the enabling potential of ICT for sustainable development.

This session will focus on the key findings of the two GeSI reports released in 2018, Enabling the Global Goals (released in July) and #EnablingRights (to be released during the event’s week). External stakeholder and GeSI members will discuss the SDGs and human rights, the potential contribution of ICT, the challenges to address, and the importance of partnerships for sustainable development. The Innovators’ Network whose creation is advocated for in the #EnablingRights report will also be officially announced.

Partner Event: GeSI - The enabling potential of ICT for sustainable development

The Enabling Potential of ICT for Sustainable Development

13.00-13.10: Welcome and introduction
Luis Neves, GeSI Managing Director

13.10-13.25: Setting the scene – The SDGs in practice
Peter Wollaert, Fellow UNITAR and Managing Director, CIFAL Flanders

13.25-13.35: Digital for the SDGs: Key findings of the GeSI Enabling the Global Goals report
Jim Gowen, GeSI Chairman and Vice President, Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

13.35-14.20: Panel: Industry solutions for SDG progress – Success stories and lessons learned

- Tim Fleming, Director of Enterprise Sustainability, AT&T
John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell (TBC)
Iris Liu, Vice-President, Brand Management, Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Taiwan Mobile

1420-14.50: Addressing industry challenges on the SDGs

- The Closing the Loop project – Joost de Kluiver, Founder, Closing the Loop
- The Solarbox project – Prodip Chatterjee, Founder, Solarbox

14.50-15.00 Break

15.00-15.20: Digital for human rights: official presentation of the GeSI Enabling Rights report
Key findings of the GeSI Enabling Rights report and launch of the Innovators’ Network
Steve Rochlin, IO Sustainability & GeSI Americas

15.20-16.00: Panel: The power of collaboration to enable human rights – the Innovators’ Network

- Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom
- Kilian Moote, Know the Chain Project Director, Humanity United
Marco Canton, Fujitsu
Bart Devos, Sustainability Manager Europe, Samsung

16.00-16.15: Wrap-up and conclusion


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