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2017 Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC)

23-25 October 2017 | Brussels, Belgium

Highlights for Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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A view of Brussels (photo courtesy of the Government of Belgium)

A view of the plenary during the UN Day Celebration High-Level Colloquium

On Tuesday morning, a CEO panel took place focusing on oceans. The panel brought together a range of ocean industries to consider the ocean aspects of Agenda 2030. The issues discussed included the development, dissemination and deployment of technology and collaboration among science, technology and innovation communities.

Throughout the day, participants at G-STIC 2017 convened in breakout sessions to consider thematic clusters on: agroecology for sustainable food systems; circular economy and the role of industry; urban electric mobility; urban design and sustainable building; smart water solutions; waste water as a resource; energy positive communities; and sustainable technology and development. Topical sessions were also held on bamboo and innovative building materials.

In the afternoon, the Clean Ganga event took place. All thematic clusters and topical sessions concluded presentations and wrapped up. Participants worked in the evening on the chairpersons’ summaries and key findings, to be considered on Wednesday morning.

In the evening, G-STIC 2017 was suspended to celebrate the UN day. A high-level colloquium took place with presentations.

Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR, discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in technology.

The keynote presentation was given by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunication and Postal Services, Belgium.

Yannick Gelmarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for UN Women, highlighted the importance of technology to achieve the SDGs.

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, discussed the SDGs and the urban agenda.

Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO, highlighted, inter alia, multistakeholder partnerships and enabling environments.

Christine Vermylen, CIFAL Flanders, delivered closing words.

The high-level colloquium was followed by a reception.

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Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunication and Postal Services, Belgium

Dirk Fransaer, VITO

Yannick Glemarec, UN Women

Nikhil Seth, UNITAR

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat

Dessima Williams, UN Special Adviser for the Implementation of the SDGs

Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO

Ibernice Macbean sings to the plenary


A panoramic view of the CEO Oceans Panel

Mikael Thinghuus, Royal Greenland A/S

Bert Groenendaal, ATSEA Technologies

​Pål Bakken, Seaweed Energy Solutions

Alain Bernard, DEME Group

Eric Antoons, Parkwind

Chris Coyle, Exocetus Autonomous Systems (EAS)

Delegates interact during the coffee break






Thematic Clusters and Topical Sessions

Ashok Bihari Lall, interacts with participants during the Urban Design and Sustainable Building session

Antonis Mavropoulos, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), speaks during the Circular Economy session

Ragab Ragab Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, speaks during the Sustainable Technology and Development session

Christine Leurquin, SES S.A., speaks during the Smart Water and ICT as Enabling Technologies joint sessions

Participants interact with a panelist during the Urban Design and Sustainable Building thematic session

Dolf Gielen, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), speaks during the Energy Positive Communities session

Philippe Crist, OECD - International Transport Forum, speaks during the Urban Electric Mobility session

Michele Galatola, European Commission, speaks during the Innovative Building Materials session

Christian Zurbrügg , EAWAG, speaks during the Waste Water as a Resource session

Bernice Dapaah, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, speaks at the Bamboo topical session

Around the Venue





Participants in the Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems session pose for a photo

Specific funding for coverage of G-STIC 2017 has been provided by VITO