BRUSSELS, 20 November 2019 – Representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have participated in the third Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) in Brussels from 20-22 November. Under the lead of the Belgian research and technology organization VITO, G-STIC brought together relevant stakeholders from the areas of science, technology and innovation to discuss ways in which accelerating the transition to a wide-scale deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions can impact the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On the first day, Tareq Emtairah, Director of the UNIDO’s Energy Department, spoke at the plenary session. During this panel discussion, Emtairah gave his view on how technological innovation can help delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the need to support SMEs in technology adaptation at scale. He said, “There is no doubt that technology and innovation are central for the transformational change needed to achieve the SDGs.” He also highlighted the importance of keeping in mind that existing technologies can address many basic needs of billions of people such as energy access, clean cooking, and clean water. He reminded the audience that “delivering on these targets is not only an issue of technology, but also one of international development cooperation and financing”.
On behalf of UNIDO’s Director General, he expressed his gratitude to G-STIC organizers for the fruitful conversations that “address the challenges of deployment of transformative solutions at scale”.
UNIDO also participated in a Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) matchmaking event. Introductory speeches were delivered by Patrick Gilabert, Head of UNIDO Brussels Office, and by Ligia Noronha, Director of the Economy Division at UNEP. The session aimed at discussing ideas, sharing experiences, and suggesting solutions to accelerate the clean energy transformation in partnership with the private sector. CTCN was taken as an example to promote technology solutions, provide policy advice, and deliver training to advance the uptake of climate technologies in developing countries.
Nurzat Myrsalieva, industrial energy efficiency expert at UNIDO, also took part in a climate-related panel discussion, Integrating sustainable energy strategies in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Together with speakers from the UNFCCC Secretariat, IRENA, CTCN, ETC/VITO, she discussed the planning, update and support for countries’ NDC. “As UNIDO, we receive more and more requests from countries to provide technical guidance on NDC implementation in the industrial sector. Through today’s discussions, it became evident that the lack of institutionalized and coordinated approach to GHG emissions data collection remains one of the key challenges in many countries that we need to pay attention to while delivering our services,” noted Myrsalieva.
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Patrick J. Gilabert
UNIDO Representative to the European Union, EIB, ACP secretariat, Belgium and Luxembourg