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Official Opening Ceremony & Welcome Speeches
Taking place for the first time in Oman, the International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC 2020) whose theme is “Sustainability, Resources, and Technology” aims to connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry, and public sector to foster constructive debate and enhance cross-collaboration. The conference is based on a scientific program focused on many areas such as sustainable resource management, circular economy, and environmental responsibility.
The respective heads of the hosting organization along with their partners will inaugurate the event and will portray the desired outcomes of the conference. Additionally, the future prospect of the ISRTC platform will be explored.

Master of Ceremony: Katrina Sichel

Eng. Tariq

Eng. Tariq Al Amri

CEO, be'ah


Antonis Mavropoulos

President, ISWA

Dr. Veerle

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd

Director Policy, G-STIC


Dirk Fransaer

Managing Director, VITO

During this session, Ministers/High-level government representatives from countries championing technological transformation and innovation for the SDGs will provide their perspective on why deep technological transformations of their country’s industrial and economic infrastructure are needed, and how their country is enabling these transformations of production and consumption processes.
The speakers will focus on the process of innovation at the national level. What are some of the key attributes of the innovation system related to transformations to reach the SDGs? (We are talking about the enabling environment: regulation, subsidies, tax breaks, stimulus, SME and start-up support, special governmental programs, governmental procurement, etc.)
Finally, the speakers may wish to highlight one or two examples of market-ready integrated technological solutions that cut across economic & industrial sectors and require new forms of cooperation between different branches of government.


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Beat the Heat
Biowaste Collection and Recycling in 30°+ 

The greatest challenges of the next 10 years in biowaste treatment include creating value and market for compost and digestate, to re-orientate global agriculture towards sustainable management of soils and make City's aware about the pivotal role of organic waste in MSW management. This session shows how biowaste recycling can have profoundly positive effects against desertification, water, and CO2 retention in soils and is particularly necessary for hot climates. The debate on bioplastics for biowaste needs clear thinking and cool facts.

Visioning and Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development
This Session Focuses on the United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT) is one of the 4 components of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism adopted by the Governments of the world under the Agenda 2030 framework. It aims at supporting countries in developing realistic and implementable STI roadmaps to achieve the SDGs.

Sustainability & The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Technological Miracles
The fourth industrial revolution holds the possibility of unleashing unprecedented breakthrough technologies, the velocity, scale and impact of which, will herald the transformation of the entire system of production, management, and governance. This session aims to view emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, nanotechnology, and quantum computing in a regional and local context.


Ludovico Alcorta

Chief Technical Adviser On Industrial Strategy , The Ministry Of Commerce And Industry


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The Future of Landfill in the GCC

Regional Success Stories
National and International Programs for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)
This session focuses on concrete national programs in support of the transition to a sustainable industrial development and circular economy. Various UN agencies support these programs with the aim of bridging gaps in STI planning and policies in order to achieve SDG targets.


Hassan Nazar

Senior Regional STI Specialist For The Arab States, UNESCO

Integrated Water Resource Management
Not a Drop to Waste

This session focuses on the pillar elaborates on Integrated water resources management while summarizing the key findings of the GSTIC sessions dealing with water. The session addresses key questions such as the following: What are the market-ready technological innovations that can substantially contribute in making the water sector sustainable and which ones are particularly suited to be deployed in the region.

Dr. Ali

Dr. Ali Al Maktoumi

Director Of Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University


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Circular Economy
Policy and Economic Instruments
Setting up EPR schemes, stimulating markets, and recycling enterprises: stumbling blocks and solutions for recovery of secondary resources.

Enabling the Transformation
Thriving below the 2°C Threshold 
This session will discuss some of the critical elements needed to enable the transformation and transition to a sustainable economy. A new economic model discusses the relationship between people and markets, products and supply chains in an increasingly complex and interdependent global economy.

Smart & Sustainable Ports
Sailing to New Haven - Tools and technologies for smart and sustainable ports

This Session will summarize the major technological innovations in the sustainable ports and harbors industry, this session touches on the ground applications of innovative technologies that substantially increase the sustainability of ports and harbors operations and what is needed to deploy these innovative tech solutions at scale in the region. Further, it reflects on the applicability of the technologies presented in the region and Oman, and what critical actions need to be taken to promote the deployment of the technologies in the region.

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Overarching framework for the transition to a sustainable society and economic diversification 
It is almost universally accepted that our existing economic model will experience an incredible transformation if deemed to survive the tumultuous changes of the 21st century. Resource depletion, diminishing returns on investments and a climbing global population are exposing fissures in societies across the globe as we approach system limits. This session explores the alternatives and the possible scenarios in a global and regional context.

Living the Change

Sheikh Mohammad

Sheikh Mohammad Al Harthy

Executive Vice President, be'ah


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Behavior Change and Social Innovation Through Communication
How to reach objectives for a public waste management company in a successful program to raise public and political awareness/acceptance for new technologies or behavior with communication.
This session is a mixed format of presentations and interactive multimedia elements.

Engineering the Change
Intelligent Tools

Building on the national examples presented in the previous sessions, national and international experts in charge of the actual technological transformation processes will present concrete recommendations on how to move forward at local, national and regional level towards sustainable economic development models, based on the principles of the circular economy and using technological innovation as one as the key tools to make such a transformation possible. They will focus on step 4 of figure 2 above: Assess alternative pathways. Indeed, business as usual will not be enough for achieving the climate change and sustainable development goals. Deep technological transitions need to happen, supported by a climate of innovation and economic diversification.

Sustainable Energy
Energy Positive Communities, Breakthrough renewable energy technologies for the GCC region
This session summarizes the major technological innovations for energy provision to all, this session gives examples of the ground applications of innovative technologies that substantively increase sustainable energy for all and what is needed to deploy these innovative tech solutions at scale in the regions. Furthermore, it reflects on the applicability of the technologies presented in the region and Oman, and what critical actions need to be taken to promote the deployment of the technologies in the region.

Dr. Leena

Dr. Leena Srivastava

Deputy Director General, International Institute For Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA


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Planning for Success
Ambitious Goals in Solid Waste Management

Cities and nations are leading the way in sustainable solid waste management activities through local and regional goal setting: see how Oman, Netherlands and Singapore set the bar high and how it makes a big difference to do so!

H.E Khaled

H.E Khaled Al Huraimel

Group CEO, Bee'ah

Dr. Mohab

Dr. Mohab Ali Al-Hinai

Head of the Environmental Center of Excellence, be'ah

The Way Forward
Paving the Path to Sustainability
This session objectifies concrete proposals to move forward with an STI roadmap for the SDGs in the MENA region. Leading to a regional action plan with associated fundraising to support efficient and coherent progress in the implementation of the climate and SDG goals and transition to a more sustainable industrial development model and circular economy.

CO2 as a Resource
Giving the critical importance of the oil and gas sector in the region

The session will build on similar session conducted at GSTIC. Dr. Robby Berloznik, VITO, could be requested to put the plenary session together, supported by regional and Omani experts.

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Sustainability is a Journey, not a Destination
Advancing Lifelong Learning and Access to Education
This Session starts off with an overview of new technologies that can substantively contribute to the concept of Education for all and lifelong learning, this session also summarizes the ICT technologies for education. This presentation will build on a comprehensive assessment of the use of ICT technologies for forwarding the SDGs “Digital with a purpose: Delivering a smarter 2030”.

Dr. M. Abdul Samad

Dr. M. Abdul Samad Ibrahim

Deputy Direct, Indra Gandhi National Open University


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High-level Closing Session

Sheikh Mohammad

Sheikh Mohammad Al Harthy

Executive Vice President, be'ah


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Optional Technical Site Visit

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