JIU opened a high-level Conference on blockchain

On 26 September 2019, Inspector Petru Dumitriu of the Joint Inspection Unit opened a Conference on the impact of blockchain on sustainable development co-organized with Macro Geneva Labs (https://gemlabs.webnode.com/), at the Palais des Nations. The opening session enjoyed the participation of Mr. Pierre Maudet, State Councillor of the Canton and City of Geneva, in charge of economy. The Conference was organized in a multistakeholder format and a partnership mode.

From the JIU perspective, the Conference is conceived as a follow-up to its report on the United Nations system – Private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (JIU/REP/2017/8), namely recommendation 11 on partnerships for innovation. The main objective of the Conference was to offer to the United Nations organizations a learning session on how blockchain applications can help in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Two-hundred and seventeen (217) participants represented United Nations organizations and other international organizations (WTO, IMF), members of the diplomatic corps and other representatives of governments, local authorities, the private sector, academia (including students), banks and banks’ associations, start-ups and non-governmental organizations. The key-speakers were high-level experts in the theory and practice of blockchain applications.