Connecting the future

ICT and the SDGs

Brussels, The Hotel, 12 October 2017

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The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38
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HOW ICT CAN DRIVE SUSTAINABILITY FORWARD

Third Sustainability & Innovation Conference

Huge potential exists for ICT to help countries meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Both businesses and national players have a crucial role to play in this. 150 people from business, politics, cities, NGOs and other stakeholders will come together to discuss how ICT can drive sustainability forward.

EU ICT-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS BENCHMARK REPORT

Huawei will present a specially-commissioned report at the conference, benchmarking EU countries as to who is doing best in harnessing ICT to achieve key Sustainable Development Goals on health and well-being (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and climate action (SDG 13).

The report puts forward a clear and strong case that, with the help of ICT, the global community and the EU specifically can make more rapid progress towards a sustainable world.

Other programme highlights include the following:

  • Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will speak about European policies to boost the ICT contribution to achieving the SDGs
  • An expert panel will discuss challenges and opportunities linked to ICT for the SDGs and digital solutions as a key element to close SDG achievement gaps

Full programme 12 October

EU ICT-Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark

Agenda overview Sustainability and Innovation Conference

09:00 – 9:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:45

Welcome by Stefan Crets, Executive Director CSR Europe, and Charles Ding, President of European Public Affairs and Communication, Brussels

09:45 – 11:00

Presentation of the European ICT & SDG benchmark report followed by analysis and Q&A

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Keynote panel: challenges and opportunities for ICT linked to the SDGs & digital solutions as a key element to close SDG achievement gaps

12:30 – 12:50

Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, on European policies for ICT linked to the SDGs

12:50 – 13:00

Wrap-up & next steps

12:50 – 13:00

Networking lunch

Speakers

Seminar on Safe & Resilient Cities

Ahead of the Sustainability & Innovation Conference, Huawei and CSR Europe will be holding a Sustainability Salon on 11 October focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 11: how to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This seminar will bring together 40 people from business, cities, NGOs and policy makers to discuss the drivers and pressure points for using ICT solutions to address urban challenges.

Attendance is by invitation-only. If you would like to attend, please contact Yvette Sweringa (ys@csreurope.org).