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The Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) was launched as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the objective to support the SDGs. It includes three major components; an Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) of over 30 UN-system agencies; an annual multi-stakeholder Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum; and an on-line platform that is expected to serve as a gateway for information on existing science, technology and innovation (STI) initiatives, mechanisms and programs, within and beyond the United Nations. These are advised by a 10 Member Group of academics, policy makers, entrepreneurs and others, appointed by the Secretary-General.
This project aims to strengthen the capacity of key constituents in developing countries to access, operationalize and benefit from STI for the SDGs. It will strengthen the learning and adoption of relevant innovations by developing countries across both the South and the North; improve the capacity of governments and entrepreneurs to access relevant STI solutions through on-line mechanisms (including through improving their design); and strengthen the off-line partnerships, policy supports and institutional structures needed to make these self-sustaining. Throughout, the natural synergies across the different components of the TFM will be fully utilised.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are STI and SDG communities in the target countries, including government officials, academics, scientists, technologists, practitioners, business persons and community leaders. The project will enhance their capacity to develop, disseminate and adapt STI solution in key strategic SDG areas, including a better understanding of relevant policy instruments and the sustainable development implications of new technology trends. The ultimate key beneficiaries of the project are all stakeholders around the world that will use the Online Platform to increase their capacity to use STI for SDGs.
The main entities involved in project implementation are the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development (DESA/DSD), and the members of the UN Interagency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT).

Primary Division:
Partners:Food and Agriculture Organization, World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Environment, World Intellectual Property Organizaton
Funding source:
Donors:China-UN Peace and Development Trust Fund
Project dates:April 2017 – December 2020
Thematic areas: