Four years after the launch of Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations, there is a consensus among experts that progress is lacking. This is a clear sign. Achieving the SDGs with business-as-usual is just not possible.
If we want to transform the current production and consumption patterns and open doors to new development and growth opportunities for all, the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions is a crucial step. Integrated technological solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and cover aspects of health, housing, food, water, education, energy and climate at the same time. These solutions also take the environmental, the social and the economic dimensions into account.
Accelerating the transition
With G-STIC, we aim at accelerating the transition to a wide-scale deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a big impact on the achievement of the SDGs.
Bearing this goal in mind, we identify clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions and we define the actions that are needed to forward their implementation and set up the institutional, regulatory, policy and business frameworks that are needed to achieve the SDGs.
This identification process will result in a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies across sectors, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples.
This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.
G-STIC 2019 will be hosted jointly by VITO (the prime Research and Technology Organization on Cleantech and Sustainable Development in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Center for Technology Studies), Fiocruz (Foundation Oswaldo Cruz), GIEC (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, IITD (Indian Institute of Technology) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).