Mobile Solution Theater — “Transforming the Mobility – Between Digitalisation and Sustainability”

Recommendations for integrating the financial sector into the German Climate Action Plan

Finance plays a key role in successfully achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement (Article 2.1.c: aligning financial flows with the Paris Agreement).
In 2018, the European Commission launched a comprehensive sustainability agenda for the financial sector, which needs to be implemented both at EU and Member State level in such a way that it is geared to the requirements of achieving climate and sustainability goals. The German Climate Action Plan (Klimaschutzplan 2050) has not yet addressed this new development. Read more

GCF @ Conference on Complex Systems 2018

With an invited talk by Sarah Wolf, GCF will be present at the Conference on Complex Systems 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece, 23.-28.9.2018.

Big Dive 7

GCF took part in the 7th edition of the BIGDIVE data science program from June 18th to July 13th 2018 in Turin, Italy, organized by the TOP-IX consortium.

In a two-day workshop, Sarah Wolf and Andreas Geiges introduced agent-based modelling and synthetic populations as a tool for digital decision support in dialogues with stakeholders, focusing on the global challenge of a sustainable mobility transition and mixing theoretical aspects with practical exercises.

https://www.bigdive.eu/becomedatascientist/big-dive-7/

The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) launches new Digital Access Index

New York and Brussels, 17 July 2018 – Access to digital connectivity and services is directly related to improvements in healthcare, education quality, fight to hunger and other major global challenges. This correlation has been proved, for the first time, in a comprehensive statistical analysis by Accenture Strategy for GeSI, published today in the pioneering report “Enabling the Global Goals”.

The report, presented at the 3rd SDG Business Forum in New York, also launched the Digital Access Index (DAI), a new holistic indicator to measure access to connectivity, technology, and digital solutions.

SDGs: a pioneering measure for the positive impact of digital

Accenture Strategy’s research for GeSI was able to demonstrate, through large datasets, that digital access has a strongly positive correlation with 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable communities, justice and strong institutions.

In this context, the report was able to go beyond simple statistical correlations and find early indications of causation. This is the case, for example, with reducing neonatal mortality. The analysis found that a 5% increase in digital access has the potential to save 2 babies for every 1000 births, which equals to a 7.4% reduction in mortality. This is mainly thanks to better health information and remote diagnostics.

DAI: an index to help organisations improve

In order to make analysis and follow-up possible, GeSI and Accenture have developed the Digital Access Index. The index is a new, unique tool to measure all the main aspects of digital: connectivity (including infrastructure, use, and affordability), technologies, and digital solutions.

Thanks to the Index, the ICT industry will be able to target progress areas and check against results. The report identified three main action areas for the industry: scaling positive impacts, flipping the negative impacts, and innovating for all the 17 SDGs.

“This report shares new, compelling evidence that the digital sector is positively linked to achieving the SDGs” said Luis Neves, GeSI’s Managing Director. “GeSI has been working to raise awareness of the enabling potential of digital technologies for over a decade. With this report, we reiterate our commitment to steering the impact of digital solutions on the SDGs, and we look forward to engaging with partners to support the achievement of the Goals by 2030”.

The report can be accessed here: www.digitalaccessindex-sdg.gesi.org

 

About GeSI

The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector committed to creating and promoting digital technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. Formed in 2001, GeSI’s vision is a sustainable world through responsible, ICT-enabled transformation. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members’ voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development. GeSI enjoys a diverse and global membership, representing around 30 of the world’s leading ICT companies and partners with over 30 global business and international organizations such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Global Climate Forum (GCF), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), and the International Energy Agency (IEA) – as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives to share and develop ideas, launch joint initiatives, and collaborate on a broad range of sustainability projects. These partnerships help shape GeSI’s global vision regarding the evolution of the ICT sector, and how it can best meet the challenges of sustainable development.
For more information, see www.gesi.org.

Media inquiries: Luis Neves, Managing Director – luis.neves@gesi.org

Plenary Keynote: Carlo Jager @ Digital Future Science Match 2018

The Digital Future Science Match is an international computer science conference held every spring in Berlin. The Digital Future Science Match has a distinguished record in bringing together many speakers with excellent scientific credentials. On 14 May 2018, up to 55 leading academics were presenting the latest research findings and their visions for a digital future at the conference in keynote speeches and 5-minute short presentations.


(Digital Future Science Match 2018, Verlag Der Tagesspiegel // Fotograf: Dominik Lindner)

GCF Chairman, Prof. Carlo Jaeger, held a Plenary Keynote (Title: Digital Decision Support in the Face of Systemic Risks) for the session on Digital Decision Support.

A short video interview with Prof. Jaeger on the subject of fast decisions can be accessed here.

 

(Digital Future Science Match 2018, Verlag Der Tagesspiegel // Fotograf: Dominik Lindner)

GCF and ENavi @ AAAS 2018: „How Global Climate Policy Can Learn from the Energy Transition“

The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be held in Austin, TX, this year (15.-18.02.2018). Together with colleagues from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) GCF’s chairman Carlo Jaeger will share insights into the German Energy Transition.

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GCF @ Second Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability

From 17-19 January 2018 the University of Zurich welcomed practitioners and scientists to the 2nd FINEXUS Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability „Closing the Gaps Between Finance and Sustainability supported by the EU project DOLFINS  and by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
In several sessions, various members of GCF were actively discussing pressing questions on finance and sustainability. Videos from all sessions are now available on the FINEXUS Center Youtube Channel.

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Positions for a PhD student and a student assistant available

There are two positions available at GCF: one PhD student in economics of sea-level rise and coastal disasters and one student assistant (10 hours per week) to support the development and application of the DIVA model, especially in the context of small island states.

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Second Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability

This three-day conference (January 17-19, 2018), organized by FINEXUS (Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability) and GCF’s board member Prof. Stefano Battiston (ETH Zurich), bridges academic research, industry and policy expertise in an attempt to narrow the current gaps between analytical methods, financial instruments and governance processes. Read more