Theme: The role of Science, Technology, and innovation in achieving SDG’s

Following the adoption of the SDGs in 2015 and as part of the UAE’s commitment to their implementation, the World Government Summit in its fourth edition is introducing a special track focusing on the SDGs and their implementation in Dubai between 12th -14th February 2016.

The “SDGs in Action @WGS” in collaboration with the United Nation, the World Bank and the UN Foundation, brought together stakeholders from around the world to look at the key challenges to the implementation of the goals and to identify potential solutions to those challenges.

The 2017 edition of the SDGs in Action @ WGS, will take place during the WGS2017, and will look at the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the supporting the implementation of the SDGs. It will bring together scientists, experts, government officials and other key stakeholders to identify STI driven solutions to accelerate the implementation of the goals.

This is an excellent opportunity to complement the United Nation Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum).





Around 150 participants from Governments leadership, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, chief technology officers, Youth, scientist and academia, experts, civil society and private sector.


The program will involve a combination of plenary and breakout sessions held in the form of 14 discussion groups that correspond to different SDGs. The discussions will be interactive with a facilitator and 10-12 High-level participants from different countries. The discussion will be around the role of STI in supporting the implementation of SDGs.



SDGs in Action @WGS17” Agenda

DAY 1: 12TH FEB, 2017

3:00 - 3:15 REGISTRATION


Welcome Note
H.E. Abdulla Nasser Lootah Director General Federal Competiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE

Panel Discussion 1: Thematic exploration of SDGs

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Keynote),
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
Professor, University of Rome, Former Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Italy

Panel Discussion 2: Country Experience in implementing SDGs

HRH Prince Sauod Al Faisal
President of the National Competitiveness Center
Executive Director for Investment Policy at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (“SAGIA”), Kingdom of Saudia Arabia

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, Finland

5:00-5:15 BREAK

5:15-5:45 Inspiration Video & Connecting the dots

Current & future technologies will be discovered & experience reflections to connect the dots.

5:45-7:00 Creative Question & Ideations

Creative question will be developed to focus the discussion & brainstorming of ideas.

DAY 2: 13TH FEB, 2017


The objective of this session is to show case the efforts of different countries experiences in implementing the SDG’s.

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

5:00-5:15 Break & Relocation

5:15-6:00 Bright idea

Revisiting the list of ideas and selecting the bright ideas by discovering new opportunities.

6:00-6:45 Accelerate the implementation

Acceleration methodology for idea implementation planning.

6:45-7:00 Preparation for the Pitch

3 min pitch preparation in each cluster focusing on obtaining the maximum voting.

DAY 3: 14TH FEB, 2017

9:00-9:45 Closing Session Collaborations toward achieving the SDGs

H.E. Reem AlHashimi
Minister of State for International Cooperation, UAE
H.E. Ambassador Macharia Kamau
Ambassador to Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations, co-chair of STI forum
H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, The World Bank
H.E. Dr. Kathy Calvin
President and CEO, UN Foundation

9:45-10:45 Pitching & Voting

The chair of each cluster will pitch their idea & the audience will vote for the best idea that has global impact.


The summary of the voting will be announced and the winners will be recognized with a trophy of appreciation