United Nations Joint Capacity Building Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals
9 Dec 2019 - 17 Dec 2019
Guilin, Guangxi Province, China
The workshop will be by invitation only.

Organizers: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21) of MOST is the focal point in China providing logistical supports to the Workshop.

Objective: The training is a follow up to the Global Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) that was mandated by the 2030 Agenda. The training course will focus on three core areas: 1) creating an enabling environment for STI for the SDGs; 2) platforms and mechanisms for STI collaboration; and 3) emerging STI concepts, opportunities, and challenges. The training will combine a workshop for STI along with a study visit.

Background: The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in UN-DESA is implementing a project for “Mobilizing Science, Technology and Innovation in Developing Countries for the SDGs” funded from the “2030 Agenda Sub-Fund of the UN Peace and Development Trust Fund”. UNESCAP has also been working with member States in the Asia-Pacific region to develop STI policies for the SDGs with a focus on ensuring such policies are inclusive and “leave no one behind”. In addition, ESCAP has published several reports and policy frameworks to advance STI policy for the SDGs and has delivered capacity-building activities to policymakers in the region. Based on the collaboration framework, DSDG together with MOST and ESCAP, is preparing this STI training course jointly funded by all three partners to kick off the multi-year capacity building programme.
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