UNIDO discusses the contribution of new technologies for the 2030 Development Agenda during the 2018 Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC)

UNIDO discusses the contribution of new technologies for the 2030 Development Agenda during the 2018 Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC)

BRUSSELS, 30 November 2018 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) participated in the second edition of the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC), which took place from 27 to 30 November 2018 in Brussels. Organized by VITO, a Belgian research and technology institution, G-STIC brought together leading Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) stakeholders to discuss how new technologies can facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda. UNIDO contributed to several main activities:

UNIDO’s Mark Draeck participated in the debate on Energy Positive Communities, which focused on the potential impact of new energy planning tools. He highlighted the importance of multilateral partnerships as “accelerators”, and showcased the efforts of the Organization with (sub) regional economic communities through the Global Network of Renewable Energy Centers (GN-SEC) that aim at creating integrated and inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy and climate technology (SECT) products and services by setting targets, policies, standards and incentives.

The Organization also took part in the third Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on STI Roadmaps for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was organized within the framework of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT), and which was scheduled to take place in parallel to G-STIC. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of the UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, led the UNIDO delegation, which included UNIDO Representative to the European Union Patrick Gilabert and Fernando Santiago-Rodriguez of the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division.

“UNIDO’s commitment to the UN’s Technology Facilitation Mechanism is central to leave no one behind by 2030,” said Patrick Gilabert. “The IATT on STI and the annual STI Forum organized in New York are very efficient ways to synergize as well as harmonize methodologies and approaches to answer the demand of developing countries and fill the gaps.” The United Nations reaffirmed STI as key means of implementation and launched the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) to support the 17 SDGs. The TFM is composed of the collaborative Multistakeholder Forum on STI for the SDGs (STI Forum), an Online Platform, and the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (UN-IATT-STI).

For more information on energy related matters, please contact:

Agnese Ratzenberger

Policy and Programme Officer

UNIDO Liaison Office, Brussels

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For more information on STI related matters, please contact:

Antoine Chaussinaud

Policy and Programme Officer

UNIDO Liaison Office, Brussels

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