As requested by the General Assembly resolution 70/1 on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of ECOSOC will convene the meetings of the STI forum once a year to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The General Assembly also decided that the meetings of the forum will be co-chaired by two Member States and will result in a summary of discussions elaborated by the two co-Chairs.
As mandated by the 2030 Agenda, the online platform “will be developed on the basis of an independent technical assessment, which will take into account best practices and lessons learned from other initiatives, within and beyond the United Nations, in order to ensure that it will complement, facilitate access to and provide adequate information on existing science, technology and innovation platforms, avoiding duplications and enhancing synergies.”
The Interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (“IATT”) and the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community in support of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (“10-Member Group”) undertook consultations and developed Terms of Reference for the independent technical assessment.
The Terms of Reference noted the IATT’s initial mapping of existing STI initiatives within the UN system (undertaken by IATT) and the development of three broad options for an online platform - with low, medium and high levels of ambition. It called for an independent technical assessment to serve as the basis for the development of the online platform. The assessment was to include sections on (a) architecture, functional requirements and user group; (b) stocktaking, benchmarking, best practices, and lessons learned from existing relevant online platforms, within and beyond the UN system; (c) recommendations on management and governance structure and regular quality control of the platform; and (d) assessment of the benefits and financial costs.
Following an open call, experts from the Institutes of Science and Development of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; the Overseas Development Institute, UK; and of DNV GL, the Netherlands, prepared the mandated independent assessment of the online platform. The final report is a consolidated version of the three reports with a joint summary.
The 10-Member Group examined the assessment report and found it a useful basis for further discussion and action. It should be noted that while Members of the Group agree with a number of important suggestions made in the assessment, there remains a diversity of perspectives on a number of points in the report.
It is therefore important to note that the views expressed in the assessment report do not necessarily represent the views held or endorsed by the 10-Member Group, the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs, nor those of the institutions they represent.
We invite detailed comments, feedback, and suggestions for how best to move forward with the online platform as mandated by the 2030 Agenda. In particular, please let us know, if you are interested to partner with and contribute to the actual development of the online platform and if so, what role you see yourself playing. Please contact us here before August 31st, 2017.
Note: each STI roadmap listed in the document will be categorized into the specific sustainable goals it is targeting on.
The 2030 Agenda, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, positioned Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as key means of implementation of the SDGs, and launched the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum) supported by the Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), has been the main fora for TFM to discuss topics of common interest of Member States and STI stakeholders in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
STI roadmaps and action plans have been among the key topics in the first two STI Forums. In the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Member States had committed to “adopt science, technology and innovation strategies as integral elements of our national sustainable development strategies” (para 119). In the 2017 STI Forum, participants highlighted the need of developing, exchanging and tracking the information and development processes of the STI roadmaps and action plans at the subnational, national and global levels. With a view to producing action-oriented outcomes toward the third and fourth STI Forums in 2018/19, IATT establishes a workstream dedicated to supporting discussions and initiatives on STI Roadmaps. The objective of the workstream is to outline an inter-sessional work program to inform and enrich STI Forum discussions on STI Roadmaps, focusing on tangible impact to be achieved over 2018-2019.
For 2018, the primary focus is to shape consensus on common guidance, principles and possible frameworks/methodologies for country-level STI Roadmaps. A second priority is to initiate discussions on possible elements of a global initiative or international assistance mechanisms to facilitate the development of such roadmaps. To these ends, the workstream supports a collective effort by a group of volunteering countries and facilitate a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach among the IATT and other UN, non-UN partners and stakeholders.
As one of the key deliverables of the Roadmap workstream of IATT to STI Forum 2018, an online information repository platform is created by compiling and making available a selection of STI or STI related roadmaps from organizations and agencies both within the UN system and beyond. The purpose of such a platform is to foster an efficient and effective access to and exchange of information among stakeholders on recent work that is supportive of the development of STI roadmaps for SDGs. With this aim, this platform will become an online resourceful portal on the state of STI policy setting frameworks and will contribute to enhancing the capacity of member states in integrating STI in development processes.
|A United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), including the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community|
|A collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)|
|An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs|
|Organization||Date||News and Events|
|UNCTAD||08-12 May 2017||Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Twentieth Session|
|23 - 25 January 2017||CSTD inter-sessional panel, Geneva, Switzerland|
|UNDESA||29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017||Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs|
|15-16 May 2017||2nd STI Forum, New York (IATT)|
|15 May 2017||Click here to watch the STI Forum Press Briefing|
|March 2017||Meeting of foundations and other STI funders, New York (ICSU, DESA)|
|March 2017||Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for advancing the Agenda 2030 with focus on health, Rio de Janeiro (Fiocruz)|
|March 2017||Technology roadmaps for the SDGs, Vienna, Austria (DESA, UNEP, IIASA and 10-MG)|
|25-26 January 2017||Expert Group Meeting for the 10-Member Group on Preparing for the 2017 STI Forum and the online platform assessment, Paris, France (ICSU, DESA and UNEP)|
|13-14 December 2016||Global Solutions Summit 2016, Arkansas, USA|
|6-8 December 2016||Expert Group Meeting on exponential technological change, and their policy implications in Middle Income Countries, Mexico|
|UNEP||16 September 2016||Workshop on Technology-Trade Nexus for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris, France|
|UNESCAP||27-28 October 2016||Science and technology forum in Seoul, South Korea|
|UNESCO||10 November 2016||The 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development|
|UNIDO||27-30 March 2017||Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit, Paris-Sorbonne University, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|January – March 2017||UNIDO-UNEP 5th Global Network Conference on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production|
|1-30 January 2017||UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network Regional (CTCN) Forum, Caribbean|
|30 November - 2 December 2016||UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Regional Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras|
|30 November - 7 December 2016||UNIDO Institute Professional Programme – Sustainable Energy Solutions, Energy Academy Europe, Zernike Campus, Groningen, Netherlands|
|22 November 2016||A global vision for the future of manufacturing: GMIS roundtable workshop, Vienna, Austria|
|World Bank Group||16 November 2016||Launch of the Climate Business Innovation Network, at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco|
|9-11 November 2016||The 10th Global Symposium on ICT use in Education, “4th Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Learning: Transition to Digital,” Seoul, South Korea co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Education, the World Bank and UNESCO|
|8 November 2016||GEO Plenary XIII Side Event, Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation|
|3-4 November 2016||Funding Science and Technology in Africa and Developing Regions: A joint Workshop of the World Bank and Research Funding Councils, in Washington DC, USA|
|1 November 2016||World Bank Geospatial Day in Washington DC, USA|
|13 October 2016||USAID/3ie roundtable on Evidence Gap Map and Systematic Review on STIP (science, technology, innovation and partnership) in Washington DC, USA|