SDG's in action @world government summit
how might science, technology and innovation help further the SDG's?
Under the theme “Shaping Future Governments”, the 2017 World Government Summit brought together over 3,000 leaders, policy makers, academics, and key representatives from international organizations from over 130 countries. One track of the WGS was the “SDGs in Action @WGS” program. It looked at the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the implementation of the SDGs. The Format of the program included a dynamic mix of plenary and interactive cluster discussions.
14 working groups
Two panels with each four speakers gave the participants the background and insights and framing to help them come up with new ideas
14 groups of around 12 people worked over two days to identify specific solutions based on Science, Technology and Innovation to further the implementation of the SDG's
Over 200 people attended the pitches and casted their votes to select 3 winners. These winners will continue to work on their idea supported by the UAE Government Accelerators
The SDG in action campaign is a global interagency initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, with the mission of ensuring that everyone has the support, encouragement and capability to advocate and act to ensure the SDG agenda is brought to life.
SDG's in action
setting the stage and country experiences
On the first day, two panel discussions focused on setting the stage for the theme and for sharing country experiences in the early implementation of the SDGs, with a discussion of the challenges and ways of implementation. This was kicked-off with a keynote from Professor Jeffrey Sachs introducing the role of STI in the implementation of the SDGs.
PANELISTS INCLUDED: Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director: Economist and University Professor Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, USA The Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed: Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, USA H.E. Ms. Patricia Espinosa: Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC H.E. Prof. Enrico Giovannini: Prof. University of Rome, co-chair of "Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development", Former Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Italy H.E. Ambassador Michael Gerber: Ambassador, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Switzerland H.E. Ms. Annika Lindblom: Secretary General Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development
PANELISTS INCLUDED: Ms. Flavia Schlegel: Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences UNESCO Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw: Deputy Executive Director UNEP Mr. Rolf Alter: Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development OECD Mrs. Deborah Wetzel: Senior Director for Governance Global Practice World Bank
the role of international organizations
14 interactive working groups
Leveraging innovative ‘Design Thinking’ practices, over 150 people worked over two half-days. They worked to generate solutions to the question: “How might Science, Technology and Innovation help further the SDG’s?" The group was split in 14 teams, covering SDG 1 – 15 (SDG 14 and 15 were combined into one working group). Each group was facilitated by one local Chief Innovation Officers from the UAE Government. The groups applied an innovation process consisting of first Sensing (understanding the problem and opportunity at hand) and then Visioning (generating many solutions before selecting one) before deciding on deliverables and next steps.
On the third day, each team pitched their solution in a two minute pitch followed by an online voting. Voting was done on Desirability (would people be excited about this solution), Viability (will the impact outweigh the costs) and Feasibility (will we be able to implement it). Over 200 people attended these pitches and voted on these three criteria.
14 pitches, three winners
THE 14 SOLUTIONS IN BRIEF PER SDG: 1. Poverty: A global network to exchange poverty-related information 2. Hunger: Addressing the data gap for malnutrition 3. Health: ‘Health in your hands’ access to reliable healthcare by extending health care to the last mile through mobile services 4. Education: ‘Ypedia 360’ platform to train critical thinking and problem solving skills 5. Gender equality: ‘Game-in’ multi platform campaign for gender equality 6. Water: Waste water as a renewable resource using a nano-technology membrane solution 7. Clean energy: ‘IntraEnergy’ an AI-based platform to connect all stakeholders, particularly investors and vendors 8. Work: Platform for mentorship & skills development 9. Infrastructure: Project Exchange gathering all knowledge, technology and resources in one place 10. Inequality: Goal Hub - movement for bottom 40% open-source, real-time, repository to share solutions at the local level 11. Cities: Data democracy for livable cities open digital platform for knowledge sharing 12. Responsible consumption: global competition (like X-prize) 13. Climate action: ‘ECI’ Online platform to accelerate entrepreneurial climate initiatives 14 & 15. Life below water and on land: ‘MyLifeOnEarth’ a global platform to crowd source data by connecting people and governments and linking it with decision makers to take action
The three winning teams have defined a set of concrete deliverables they will be working on over the next couple of months. During this period, they will be supported by the UAE Government Accelerators. These teams will be invited to come pitch their project and its status again at the STI Forum in New York.
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