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Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 9

SDG 9 calls for building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation. It is elaborated by nine targets in these three broad areas. An objective of the session is to discuss - in an integrated way - progress towards SDG9 and high-impact actions for the coming years. Thus it will need to also explore policy coherence among the development, infrastructure, industrialization, science, technology and innovation domains. In particular, successful integrated national policy approaches will be presented during this session, with experts tapping into the wealth of information from related capacity building projects. Identification of gaps and a better understanding of what has worked will provide much needed insight for decision-makers in the SDG9 domains.

Proposed Guiding Questions

  • In your view, what are the top three high-impact actions for the coming years, in terms of infrastructure, innovation and industrialization?
  • How can policy coherence be achieved? What lessons can be learnt from national STI policies, plans and roadmaps? What are current gaps and high priority actions?
  • What has been your experience with adopting advanced technologies and infrastructures in your country? What were the key challenges that you faced in doing so and how could international collaboration help?
  • What are the most significant impacts of emerging technologies - such as automation technology, robotics and artificial intelligence - on industrialization prospects and sustainable development, now and in the future?

Presiding Officer:

  • H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of Economic and Social Council

Keynote:

  • Mr. John Danilovich, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Moderator:

  • H.E. Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico

Statistical Snapshot

Panellist:

  • Hon. Ms. Maria Kiwanuka, Special Advisor to the President, Uganda
  • Mr. Kebour Ghenna, President, Pan-African Chamber of Commerce, Ethiopia
  • Mr. Magnus Arildsson, Head of Internet of Things Product Management, Ericsson, Sweden

Lead discussant:

  • Dr. Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman of China Energy Fund Committee; and former Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong, China
  • Mr. Arnt Holte, Former President of the World Blind Union, Norway
Biographies
Dr. Patrick Ho
Deputy Chairman of China Energy Fund Committee; and former Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Patrick Ho

Deputy Chairman of China Energy Fund Committee; and former Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong, China

HO Chi Ping Patrick, was born in Hong Kong, and educated in USA for 16 years. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctor of Medicine Degree. Trained in eye surgery with special expertise in retinal surgery, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Hong Kong in 1984 to teach eye surgery at the Hong Kong Chinese University as Professor of Ophthalmology.

Since 1993, he has been a member of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th (National) Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, and in 1995, he was appointed a member of the Preparatory Committee to plan for and organize the first Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) when Hong Kong sovereignty was being returned to China. He was the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. In 1997, he became a member of the HKSAR Urban Council. In 2002, he joined the second term HKSAR Government as a Cabinet Member and the Secretary for Home Affairs with a policy portfolio ranging from district administration, community infrastructure development, human rights, arts and culture, sports and recreation, youth and religious matters, gaming and charities, to overall liaison with the civil society. He retired from his cabinet post on 1 July 2007.

Dr. Ho is at present, the deputy chairman, and secretary general of China Energy Fund Committee, a think-tank registered and anchored in Hong Kong, devoted to public diplomacy, with special emphasis on energy and culture. It is a not-for-profit, non-governmental think tank with special consultative status from the United Nations Social and Economic Council. Also, he is a Director of the National Association of Study on Hong Kong and Macau. In July 2014, he was invited by Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, to serve on his High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. In March 2016, he was appointed a Member of the Multi stakeholder Advisory Group of Internet Governance Forum, to advise the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dr. Ho has made frequent interventions at meetings of the United Nations on sustainable development, energy, agriculture, culture and religion, poverty eradication, Ocean economy, internet governance, infrastructure development and partnership.

H.E. Mr. Miguel Ruíz Cabañas
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
H.E. Mr. Miguel Ruíz Cabañas

Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Miguel Ruiz Cabañas is a Mexican diplomat and has been Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2015.

He is a career diplomat, having entered the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. He was responsible for drug trafficking affairs at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations from 1988 to 1989, having been responsible for social and humanitarian affairs from 1981 to 1986. After this, he was Director of the General Directorate for the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1991), Coordinator of Advisers to the Undersecretary for Europe, Asia and Africa at the Ministry (1991-1992) and Coordinator of Advisers to the Undersecretary for the Americas (1992-1993).

He was also Head of Migration and Border Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States from 1993 to 1995, Special Coordinator for Drug Trafficking Affairs from 1995 to 1999 and Director General for North America from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he acted as Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS). He was then appointed as Mexican Ambassador to Japan and, in 2011, as Mexican Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the international organizations based in Rome.

In the academic sphere, he has been a Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy at different academic centres in Mexico, including the Ibero-American University, the University of the Americas, the National Defence College and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He has lectured at different universities in Argentina, Japan, Spain and the United States. He has also published a number of articles in specialist journals produced by universities and research centres in Mexico and the United States on relations between Mexico and the United States, Mexico’s participation in the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations, the problem of drug trafficking, and security in the American hemisphere.

He graduated in International Relations from the College of Mexico and holds a doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University in New York.

Hon. Ms. Maria Kiwanuka
Special Advisor to the President, Uganda
Hon. Ms. Maria Kiwanuka

Special Advisor to the President, Uganda

Special Presidential Adviser, Finance ( 2015 – to date)
Government OF UGANDA.

Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development (2011 – 2015)
Government OF UGANDA.

General Manager, Radio One (Music “Memories”)
General Manager Radio Two (Luganda newstalk) (1997 – to-date)

Financial Systems Consultant,
World Bank Kampala Uganda)
Focusing on East Asia and Southern Africa (1990 – 1996)

Financial Economist
World Bank - WASHINGTON D.C
(Focusing on East Asia) (1987 – 1990)

Financial Analyst,
World Bank – WASHINGTON D.C
(Focusing on East Asia and Southern Africa) (1982 – 1986)

Young Professionals Program
World Bank - WASHINGTON D.C (1982 - 1983)

Mr. Magnus Arildsson
Head of Internet of Things Product Management, Ericsson, Sweden
Mr. Magnus Arildsson

Head of Internet of Things Product Management, Ericsson, Sweden

Mr Arildsson has recently joined Ericsson as the Global Head, Internet of Things (IoT) Product Management.
Prior to joining Ericsson Mr Arildsson spent 19 years with IBM where he held several leadership positions in Sales and managing Outsourcing engagements. Since 2010 Mr Arildsson have focused on Cloud and held Global and European Cloud leadership positions, including Global Business Line out of the IBM HQ in Somers, NY and European Sales Leader for Cloud Services out of the European HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Statements
Statements
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Dr. Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman of China Energy Fund Committee; and former Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong, China
Mr. John Danilovich, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce