Blockchains For Sustainable Development

The UN’s first event on blockchain and cryptocurrencies at the top global gathering of trade and investment policy makers and their stakeholders
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
10am – 1pm
Room XIX, Building E,
Palais des Nations, Geneva
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About Blockchains for Sustainable Development

The bi-annual World Investment Forum, which will be held from October 20-25, 2018 at the Palais des Nations – United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, is the top global gathering of trade and investment policy makers and their stakeholders.

Room XIX Palais des NationsBlockchains for Sustainable Development is the UN’s first day-long event on blockchain and cryptocurrencies which will be held on Wednesday, October 24th within the World Investment Forum, in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations.

The morning session will cover blockchain applications as they relate to the activities of the governments and corporations that will be attending, and the afternoon will be about the policy and regulatory issues that are also key to the advancement of the technology.

Pre-Registration and Registration is required to attend, but entry is free. Please specify that you intend to attend Blockchains for Sustainable Development when you register, and also sign up to receive updates about the conference.

This conference is an opportunity to meet those in government who are actively engaging with, or considering engaging with blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, and the corporations and organizations who are actively implementing these technologies. This conference will therefore be your best opportunity meet the key high-level policy makers and stakeholders from around the world, who will be attending the World Investment Forum at the same time.

We expect 3,000+ participants to attend the World Investment Forum, and Room XIX at the Palais des Nations can seat 940 individuals.


Stephen DeMeulenaere

Stephen has a background in education, sustainable and rural development, financial inclusion and complementary currencies, the predecessor to cryptocurrencies. His work has been presented in “The Future of Money”​ by Bernard Lietaer, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization”​ by Thomas Greco, in “Healthy Money, Healthy Planet”​ by Diedre Kent, in “New Money for a New World”, and “Rethinking Money: How New Currencies turn Scarcity into Prosperity” by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne.

He is currently Blockchain Evangelist at Pundi X, co-founder of Coin Academy since 2014, an Academic Journal board member of the International Journal for Community Currency Research for over 10 years, official reviewer of “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” for the Princeton University Press, a Digital Currency Council Certified Digital Currency Professional and Graduate of University of Nicosia Course in Digital Currencies, and presented at the very first Communist Party of China-sponsored Blockchain Conference in 2016.

Prof. Dr. Jem Bendell

Professor Bendell is Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK). A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he has twenty years of experience in sustainable business and finance, as a consultant having lived & worked in six countries. The World Economic Forum (WEF) appointed him a Young Global Leader in 2012. With over 100 publications, including four books and five UN reports, he regularly appears in international media on topics of sustainable business and finance, as well as currency innovation.

His TEDx talk is the most watched online speech on complementary currencies. He is a special advisor to the United Nations department that convenes the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. Previously he helped create innovative alliances, including the Marine Stewardship Council, to endorse sustainable fisheries and The Finance Innovation Lab, to promote sustainable finance. Professor Bendell now specialises in leadership development and currency innovation in the face of climate disruption.

Thomas van Giffen

Thomas van Giffen is an investment policy expert at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He joined UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise in 2008 where he works on various legal and policy-oriented reports related to foreign direct investment and transnational corporations, including UNCTAD’s annual World Investment Report series and Investment Policy Monitor. He provides technical assistance to Government officials and policymakers on issues related to national investment regulation and UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD).

Since early 2016, he has been closely following developments in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, with a particular interest in sustainable development related applications of the technology.