UNMGCY Attending Inaugural G-STIC for SDGs
October 2017, Belgium

The Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference ("G-STIC") series, is a new cutting-edge global conference series focused on technological solutions for helping achieve the SDGs. The G-STIC series is jointly hosted by VITO (a leading independent and not-for profit research and technology organization in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies), AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi), TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and FioCruz (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz).

The second edition of this conference will be on Nov 28-30, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

G-STIC is focused on integrated technological solutions for the SDGs and will draw on the globally best available knowledge and recent field experiences. It actively supports the technological discussions in the UN and other international policy fora as they relate to the SDGs, the climate goals and the means of Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The goal of G-STIC is to help accelerate and strengthen the development, dissemination, and deployment of integrated technological solutions that are feasible, acceptable and affordable from both an economic and social point of view.

G-STIC is more than a conference series.

It aims at building knowledge bases and global expert networks  in support of the technological transitions needed for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The UNMGCY has been in contact with the organizers of the G-STIC, since 2017. To ensure a truly youth-led effort aimed at engaging young people in all aspects of the conference, they approached us to join as partners and members of the International Advisory Committee. We are committed to working with all interested youth-led entities/individuals to strive towards collective and meaningful engagement in the GSTIC. 

UNMGCY's role at G-STIC:
  • Support meaningful youth participation
  • Moderate a consultation process aimed at identifying key points to feed into the outcome document of GSTIC 2018
  • Plan a preparatory meeting/workshop on November 27th in Brussels
  • Distribute a limited number of waivers for free registration. Apply by October 19!

Ways you can participate in G-STIC:
  • Attend the Global Online Dialogue / Webinar on October 21st to discuss the appropriate role of Science and Technology for SDGs and the Secretary General's Strategy on New Technologies
  • Share your reflections about new and emerging technologies with us here (link)
  • Submit a poster to be showcased at G-STIC (up to 6 will be selected)
  • Apply to be a youth speaker at G-STIC
  • Request waiver for free registration and join 100+ other young people and and 1000+ other attendees at the conference in Brussels! (link to apply)
Global Online Dialogue on the Role of Science and Technology for SDGs
Sunday, October 21 at 1300-1430 GMT

Topics to be discussed:
  • Designing appropriate S&T roadmaps to achieve the 2030 Agenda
  • Review of the UN SG's Strategy on New Technologies
  • Implications of emerging technologies for people and planet
  • Role of young people in enhancing the science-policy interface
Presented at the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, hosted by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland on May 14. Young people talking about their hopes and fears of new technologies.
Survey for Online Consultation

Do you have reflections to share about new and emerging technologies? Do you have ideas on how to mitigate potential harms and maximize benefits?

Send us a short (30 second video) at  spiteam@unmgcy.org  or fill out this survey!

The survey will also explores the thematic topics of the G-STIC 2018: Agroecology for sustainable food systems; Circular Economy; Education; Energy Positive Communities; Geospatial Data; Health; Valuing Water; Reduce, Re-use and Replenish Water.

It covers the following cross-cutting themes: ICT, climate smart tech, sustainable tech and development, urban development and cities, gender, youth engagement and S&T roadmaps. 
We look forward to your active participation! For any inquiry or question, please feel free to contact op@unmgcy.org