Singapore Global Centre

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About the Global Centre

The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which aims at identifying and co-creating technological solutions for sustainable development. GCTISD curates partnerships, identifies solutions and connects partners and innovations with UNDP’s Global Policy Network and development partners.

Innovation and technology are key to achieving sustainable development, and in order to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda, we must accelerate adaptation, adoption and scaling where it matters most. Our host country Singapore is a global hub for finance, digital technology and start-ups, and has consistently topped regional rankings in the Global Innovation Index. Singapore promotes innovation, test-bedding and enterprise development, and has attracted many leading global companies to set up Asia-Pacific headquarters.    

Our key Government partners are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Public Service Division (PSD at the Prime Minister’s Office. We are establishing links with many other agencies, Government-linked companies, start-ups and corporates to leverage Singapore’s technology and innovation ecosystem.

The GCTISD’s current emerging areas of work:

  • Sustainable Agriculture: Climate change and population growth have increased the vulnerability and volatility of the global food system and the ecosystems that support it. In order to feed the growing world population, we must leverage innovation and technology to drastically improve the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of agriculture.
  • Cities and Digitalisation: Digitalisation is a priority pathway for developing countries to leapfrog to a more advanced level of sustainability, resilience and human development. This affects most areas of policy and practice, including sectors like transportation, health, liveability and governance.     
  • Financial Inclusion / Impact Finance: More than a third of the world’s population remains without access to finance. Financial technologies and impact finance can help bridge the gap through introducing new processes, products and applications which can be extended to the unbanked.

Why we think Innovation, Technology and Partnerships are key to Sustainable Development:

  • Innovation: in order to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, business-as-usual is not sufficient. We must embrace new ways of tackling wicked problems and leverage emerging opportunities to become more agile and flexible in the face of rapid change.
  • Partnership: Partnerships can connect ideas, talents and expertise, supporting  co-create technological solutions for sustainable development challenges.
  • Technology: Knowledge and technology transfer among countries can help close development gaps, provide opportunities for innovations to reach scale and accelerate sustainable development in developing countries.

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