On 11 May 2017, a special presentation was held in the “Palais des Nations” of the United Nations in Geneva on the contribution of a number of state-of-the-art technologies to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Experts of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) gave presentations to participants of the Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD) at UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development), which is holding its yearly meeting this week, as well as to collaborators of other international organizations and of diplomatic missions. The General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Geneva, Kris Dierckx introduced the event.
Topics for discussion were, among others, the circular economy, deploying energy positive communities, from waste water to resourceful water and Remote sensing as an essential tool to achieve global food security. Approximately 70 guests attended the event.
Finally, there was a short presentation on an initiative that was co-instigated by VITO, namely a G-STIC series conference in Brussels from 23 to 25 October 2017. This is one in a series of Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conferences, that aim to present technological solutions to the challenges of the SDGs. All stakeholders are gathered at these conferences to discuss how technological opportunities can be fine-tuned to fit the (local) needs. More than 2000 people are expected to attend this conference (For further info: www.GSTIC.ORG)