Advancing SDGs progress with science, technology and innovations
The Second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals, which is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, will take place in New York from 15 to 16 May 2017. This year’s forum will explore the same set of SDGs as the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), but with a focus on science, technology and innovation.
These goals are: SDG 1 on poverty eradication; SDG 2 on food security and sustainable agriculture; SDG 3 on health; SDG 5 on gender equality; SDG 9 on sustainable infrastructure, industrialization and innovation; and SDG 14 on oceans.
This Forum will therefore stimulate discussions and exchanges around specific scientific insights, technology issues and innovations that are most crucial for progress in these SDG areas. In addition, cross-cutting issues and emerging developments that impact a range of SDGs will also be featured. In keeping with its multi-stakeholder format, participation will include policy makers, innovators, scientists, civil society participants and others.
“The Technology Facilitation Mechanism is unprecedented in several ways,” said UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo. “It is a global and multi-stakeholder mechanism; It serves both developed and developing countries alike; It allows pragmatic, in-depth discussions of technology issues; It aims to improve coherence of STI support and capacity building across the UN system and beyond.”
The STI Forum will also facilitate interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders. In addition, there will be special events such as an exhibition for innovative technology solutions for the SDGs, a call for posters featuring the work of national scientific research laboratories, as well as an event on impact investing for scaling up STI.
A summary of the discussions at the Forum will serve as input to the meetings of the HLPF in the context of the follow-up and review of the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.