HEALTH

Narrowing the divide between health and STI governance

Focus of thematic cluster


G-STIC 2017 reaffirmed that this initiative is first and foremost about leaving no one behind, eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger, providing energy services to all, working towards a more equitable and sustainable world, and creating a world where everyone can live in a healthy and thriving environment. Thus, examining and identifying critical pathways and synergies among Health, STI and the 2030 Agenda in the context of the G-STIC 2018 is paramount.


At G-STIC 2018, we want to contribute to narrowing the existing divide between health and STI governance at global and national levels, which is essential for the implementation of the recommendations from the Rio 2017 meeting on STI and Health. In particular, we want to

  • identify the most promising technological solutions for good health and well-being in view of achieving the SDGs, focusing on distilling possible policy changes to facilitate the upscaling of these technologies,
  • explore the cross-cutting nature of the health theme, illustrating spillovers or synergies with other sectors/areas like climate, geospatial data, agriculture, water.

Programme outline


In the Plenary Session on Wednesday November 28, Health will be introduced as a new theme to the G-STIC conference series. This session will set the scene, addressing the relevance of health, its inter-sectoral linkages and the main recommendations from the Rio 2017 meeting on STI and Health in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

On Thursday November 29, individual thematic sessions will focus on

  • technology for universal health coverage systems, with a special focus on partnerships to develop new devices such as “lab-on-a-chip”, point-of-care diagnostic tools, and smart vaccines to face communicable diseases (both new and re-merging ones) as key issues for UHC (11:00 - 12:30)
  • ICT for health, with a special focus on E-Health as a tool to achieve effectiveness and tele-medicine applications that favor quality access to universal health system (13:30 - 15:15)
  • the cross-cutting nature of the health theme and synergies with other sectors (16:00 - 17:45)

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