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High-Level Event on Innovation

May 17

On 17 May, building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity.

During the event, leading innovators from the major corporations of the world will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development saw world leaders commit to 17 comprehensive, integrated and ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world in which the SDGs were adopted is radically different from that of the Millennium Development Goals. Giant leaps in technological advances are converging to make the unthinkable possible. These advances are also raising questions on societal impact.

PROGRAMME

10 – 11AM

SESSION I: FROM LINEAR TO EXPONENTIAL INNOVATION [TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL]

 How can we harness the exponential innovation renaissance and adapt to the pace of change when our institutions, policies, and mind-sets tend to be linear?

10:00 – 10:10               The President of the UN General Assembly gives opening
remarks
10:00 – 10:20              Address by the UN Secretary-General (tbc)
10:20 – 10:40              Perspective shift: linear to exponential
                                     innovation [Keynote presentation 1]
10:40 – 11:00               Breakthrough innovation and making impact on the                                          SDGs [Keynote presentation 2]

11AM – 12PM

SESSION II: A NEW ERA OF CONNECTED PROBLEM-SOLVERS [TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL]

How can connectivity help unleash the innovativeness of the global population to solve pressing challenges in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals?

Moderated panel discussion with representatives from the innovation and technology industry, Member States and UN System, followed by questions from the floor

12PM – 1PM

SESSION III: SHOWCASE ACTION ON INNOVATION AND BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY [TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL]

What are the examples of innovative approaches and where are the gaps?

Moderated panel discussion with representatives from the innovation and technology industry, Member States and UN System, followed by questions from the floor

3 – 5PM

SESSION IV: INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION ON OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS [TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL]

How can the United Nations and Governments manage risks and seize opportunities so as to be enablers to technological innovation and ensuring the public good?

Introduction to interactive session by co-Chair of the UN-Science, Technology and Innovation Forum

Fireside chat with thought-leaders in technology and leading innovators

Three minute interventions and/or questions from Member States and other participants, moderated by Ambassador Macharia Kamau

5PM – 5.45PM

SESSION V: CONCLUSION AND WAY FORWARD [TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL]

What can the UN do to bring a bold innovative leadership approach to the implementation of the SDGs and to serve as a global catalyst for exponential innovative strategies to problem-solving?

17:00 – 17:15               How organizations are adapting to change and innovating
[Guest speaker]
17:15 – 17:30               Wrap up and strategy from the Deputy Secretary-General (tbc)
17:30 – 17:45               The President of the General Assembly gives final
reflections

OBJECTIVES

This High-Level Event on Innovation will provide leading innovators, thought-leaders, and technology companies an opportunity to engage with Member States and the UN system on how emerging technologies can be used to best effect and to ensure successful implementation of the SDGs. Specifically, it will seek to lay out the ground for achieving the following:

  1. Increase the understanding and awareness of the opportunities and challenges of new technology and exponential change.
  1. Strengthen the ability of the United Nations to act as a catalyst for innovation and solutions in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  1. Rally leading innovators and technology companies to develop, incubate and resource cutting-edge innovations to solve pressing challenges in support of the Goals.
  1. Explore how to support collaborative platform(s) to facilitate the sharing of the best ideas and innovations to inform policy and inspire collective action for scale and global impact.

PARTICIPATION

The SDG Action Event is open to all Member States, the UN system, and invited guests.

EXPECTED OUTCOME

This meeting will allow the Member States and the UN system to embrace innovation and new opportunities available to drive implementation of the SDGs, and strengthen the engagement of leading innovative companies and individuals in revelent intergovernmental processes.

LETTERS TO MEMBER STATES

11 April 2017

Concept note and programme

10 February 2017

High-Level SDG Action Events

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Details

Date:
May 17
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Organizer

President of the General Assembly

Venue

United Nations Headquarters
New York City, NY 10017 United States + Google Map