6-7 June 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York
The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) opened on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York, convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."
The STI Forum is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and is expected to "provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the Sustainable Development Goals."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said innovation, science and technology must not be limited to Goal 17, as they cut across all 17 SDGs as an important element of implementation. Science and technology are important as means to an end, he noted, and said the Forum must link STI with progress in sustainable development at the ground level.
During the day, representatives of UN Member States and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders heard presentations from panelists and engaged in an interactive dialogue on four topics:
- The Power of Science, Technology and Innovation
- Enabling Environment for Science, Technology and Innovation
- Realizing the Potential of Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
- Transformative Technologies for SDGs
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