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Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

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.

STI Forum Timeline
STI Forum - 5-6 June 2018
STI Forum - 15-16 May 2017
STI Forum - 6-7 June 2016
Online platform
One of the three components of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism is to develop an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

Work is now underway to design, develop and operationalize the TFM online platform, including preliminary collection of existing technology applications and initiatives in addressing sustainable development challenges.

The TFM online platform will:

  • Be used to establish a comprehensive mapping of, and serve as a gateway for, information on existing science, technology and innovation initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, within and beyond the United Nations
  • Facilitate access to information, knowledge and experience, as well as best practices and lessons learned, on science, technology and innovation facilitation initiatives and policies
  • Facilitate the dissemination of relevant open access scientific publications generated worldwide.

Independent technical assessment for the online platform

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.

Terms of Reference for an independent technical assessment on the online platform as part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (PDF)

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.

Independent assessment report on the TFM online platform (PDF)

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.

Mapping of existing information on technology applications
To map existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, IATT members are collecting examples of technologies to be included in the online platform such as geospatial information technologies, which are critical to sound decision-making in advancing sustainable development. A preliminary list of technology solutions and applications presented below provides a starting point. Stakeholder engagement in this exercise is critically important.

As just one example, geospatial technology applications and initiatives play an essential role in decision–making for economic growth, resource management and ecosystem protection. Geospatial technology applications are necessary to overcome local, national and global challenges, and are key tools for the successful attainment of the SDGs, in particular with regard to land management, forest conservation, sustainable agriculture, integrated water resources management, urban planning, disaster risk reduction and response, and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources.
10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

2016 - 2017

Mr. Peter Bakker (Netherlands), President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Mr. Peter Bakker is President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. WBCSD has been very active in the Rio process since 1992. Peter Bakker is a distinguished business leader who until June 2011 was the CEO of TNT NV the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post (formerly TPG Post). At end of May 2011 TNT NV was split in two separately listed companies: TNT Express NV and PostNL NV. He led the demerger of TNT and, after its completion has stepped down and left the TNT group per June 1, 2011. Under leadership of Mr. Bakker, TNT became a leader in Corporate Responsibility with a ground-breaking partnership with the UN World Food Program, ambitious CO2 reduction targets from its Planet Me initiative and multiple year leading positions in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. He joined Royal TPG Post in 1991 and was appointed financial director of its parcels business unit in 1993. He was appointed financial control director of TPG Post in 1996 and became a member of the Board of Management of TPGPost in 1997. Since the split of TPG N.V. from Koninklijke PTT Nederland N.V. until his appointment as CEO in 2001, he was chief financial officer and a member of the TPG Board of Management. Mr. Bakker is a respected leader in Corporate Responsibility. He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009; SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010; and the UN's WFP Ambassador Against Hunger in 2011. In addition he is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands. Mr. Bakker holds a masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the HTS Alkmaar.

Prof. Elmer William Jr Colglazier (USA), Senior Scholar, Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Prof. E. William Colglazier is currently Visiting Scientist at the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served as 4th Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. His role was to provide scientific and technical expertise and advice in support of the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Previously, he served as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective advice on public policy issues, and as Executive Director of their Office of International Affairs. From 1983 to 1991, he was a Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee where he directed several research centers: Energy, Environment, and Resources Center; Waste Management Research and Education Institute; and the Water Resources Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, and prior to 1983 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, he also served as Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Humanism of the Aspen Institute. In 1976-77, he was an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow. He is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the AAAS and APS.

Dr. Myrna Cunningham (Nicaragua), President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI)

Dr. Myrna Cunningham Kain is an indigenous Miskita woman from Nicaragua and President of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples which is an organization working in areas of intercultural communication, cultural revitalisation, indigenous women’s rights, and climate change and its impact on indigenous communities. With a professional background as doctor of medicine, she has experience in health issues and health policy. She collaborates with Nicaragua’s Autonomous Regional Governments in establishing Intercultural Health models. She has also supported the rights of indigenous peoples and served as Secretary-General of the Indigenous Inter-American Institute, as well as Chair of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues from 2011 to 2013. She has worked as a consultant for many multilateral, bilateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations on issues ranging from health, education, land, environment and natural resources, racial discrimination, evaluation mechanisms, to international human rights instruments. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women.

Ms. Elenita Daño (Philippines), Asia Director, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group)

Ms. Elenita Daño is Asia Director of the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group) – an NGO that monitors and analyzes trends, developments and potential impacts of new and emerging technologies on developing countries and marginalized communities. Ms. Daño is based in the Philippines. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Development Studies and a Master’s degree in Community Development. She has been involved in civil society, multi-stakeholder and intergovernmental discussions on sustainable development and technological innovations, and the need for the evaluation of the potential impacts of technology on the environment, economy and society, as an advocate, researcher and activist. She has engaged UN agencies, institutions and governments in Asia and the Pacific, especially in the area of sustainable development, biodiversity and agricultural research. She has mobilized civil society in the region, engaging in key UN processes on sustainable development and the environment. At present, she represents environmental NGOs in UNFCCC’s Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

Prof. Xiaolan Fu (UK), Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University

Prof. Xiaolan Fu is Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development, and Professor of Technology and International Development. Her research has focused on innovation, technology and industrialization; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She has published many academic papers and a number of books, including recently on China’s Path to Innovation, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and Innovation in Low Income Countries (forthcoming). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals. She has carried out consultancy research for various UN organizations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, UKTI and the Chinese government. She serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Growth Research Directorate (DEGRP), and was 26th President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK). In 2012 to 2015, she led a multi-country research team as Principal Investigator completed a pioneering research on ‘The diffusion of innovation in low income countries’ (DILIC). She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University. As a leading China expert, she is well known to mainstream media in China and the UK. Previously, Prof. Fu was a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and Associate Professor in international trade and finance at a higher education institution of the Central Bank of China.

Dr. Paulo Gadelha (Brazil), President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)

Dr. Paulo Gadelha is a MD and PhD in public health. He has worked on technology application in public health, health care models and history of science and technology, from both a research and a policy perspective. He participated in the UNDP Commission of Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Finance and Development. Dr. Gadelha is the President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Brazil which is a renowned scientific and research institution for biomedical sciences. Fiocruz is responsible for generating and disseminating scientific and technological knowledge, e.g. for the development and production of vaccines, drugs, reagents, and diagnostic kits, as well as promoting health and social development in general. Fiocruz is also a WHO Collaborating Center for Health and Environment, Pharmaceutical Policies and South-South Cooperation, among other issues. Fiocruz has also participated in the creation of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes – IANPHI and coordinates the South American Nations Union (UNASUL) and the Community of Portuguese-Speaker Countries (CPLP) IANPHI’s networks. He created Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (COC), dedicated to sociology and history of science and health and served for several years as a member of the Intersectorial Commission on Science and Technology of the National Health Council. As the President of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) from 2005-2006, he chaired the 11th World Congress of Public Health. He represented Fiocruz in the creation of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi).

Dr. Heide Hackmann (South Africa), Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Dr. Heide Hackmann is currently the Executive Director of the International Council for Science, following eight years as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. Heide holds a M.Phil in contemporary social theory from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before moving into the world of the international councils, Heide worked as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her career in science policy dates back to the early 1990s when she worked at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Heide holds membership of several international advisory committees and boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Development Research, Sweden, and the Board of Cape Farewell in the UK. She is a South African and German national.

Mr. George Essegbey (Ghana), Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council of Science and Industrial Research

Dr. George Owusu Essegbey is the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana. He was a member of the country’s National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). Currently he serves on the Governing Council of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which spearheads Research and Development in Ghana; the Scientific Board of AfricaLICs based in Nairobi, and other national and international boards. He has several years of experience in Science and Technology (S&T) policy research, innovation studies, research on new technologies and other relevant fields. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies (University of Cape Coast) and M.A. in International Affairs (University of Ghana). He did Ph.D. internship at the United Nations University (Institute for New Technologies) in Maastricht, The Netherlands and a Commonwealth Fellowship at the Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST) at the University of Manchester. Dr. Essegbey has served various national and international organisations with his expertise including FAO, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNEP and the World Bank. He is currently involved in the project on Diffusion of Innovation in Low Income Countries (DILIC) based at the Oxford University. He is active academically supervising Ph.D. students and teaching.

Prof. Nebojsa Nakicenovic (Austria), Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA)

Prof. Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and former Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He is a world renowned energy economist and computer scientist with degrees from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, as well as a Honoris Causa Doctorate in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 300 publications and is Editorial Board Member of several scientific journals. He is one of the leading experts on technology change and future scenarios, especially with regard to infrastructures, energy and environmental technologies, and climate change. Prof. Nakicenovic has held many science-policy and advisory positions, including as member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU); the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project; United Nations Secretary General High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable for Energy for All Initiative; Board, Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA); Working Group of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (AG-APCC); Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Steering Committee; International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology, and the Earth League. Prof. Nakicenovic has been engaged in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various roles over the past 25 years. In particular, he was Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, the Third Assessment Report, and the Fourth Assessment Report. He was director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA); Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; director of Global Energy Perspectives, World Energy Council, 1993 to 1998, Convening Lead Author of the World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability, 1999 to 2000, Member of the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies (ISPRE), 2006 to 2008, and Guest Professor at the Technical University of Graz, 1993–2003. He also served as member of the UN Secretary General Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. He is originally from Montenegro and also a citizen of Austria.

Dr. Hayat Sindi (Saudi Arabia), Founder and President, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2institute)

Dr. Hayat Sindi, a Saudi Arabian national, is founder and President of the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2institute), which focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as co-founder and director of ‘Diagnostics for All’, a nonprofit institution fusing biotechnology and microfluidics, dedicated to creating low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostics designed specifically for the 60 percent of the developing world that lives beyond the reach of urban hospitals and medical infrastructures. Originally graduated with a degree in pharmacology she holds a PhD in biotechnology from Cambridge University, UK, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. She has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology. Along with her scientific activities, she participated in numerous events aimed at raising the awareness of science amongst women, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the Muslim World. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Secretary-General. Dr. Sindi was one of the first women to be appointed by the King to the Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body, the Shura Council, and she is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO. In 2012, she was named one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Shake the World". Recently, Dr. Sindi was named by Forbes number 2 the most powerful Arab women in kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Last year Hayat Sindi received Clinton Global Citizen Awards "leadership in Civil Society" for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East.

UN Interagency Task Team

The UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs is initially composed of the entities that currently integrate the informal working group on technology facilitation, namely, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNIDO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNCTAD, the International Telecommunication Union, WIPO and the World Bank. It will be open to the participation of all United Nations agencies, funds and programmes and the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

DESA and UNEP are the initiators of the Group.

Terms of Reference:

Capacity building:
Background Papers:
Work Streams:

  • Work Stream 1: Establishment and management of the Interagency Task Team
  • Work Stream 2: Group of 10 representatives of civil society, private sector and science (“10-Member Group”)
  • Work Stream 3: Collaborative, multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs
  • Work Stream 4: Online Platform
  • Work Stream 5: Mapping of STI initiatives, background research and reports in support of the TFM activities
  • Work Stream 6: UN capacity building programme on technology facilitation for SDGs
  • Work Stream 7: Partnerships and fund raising
  • Work Stream A: Gender and STI
  • Work Stream B: STI policy frameworks, action plan and roadmaps
  • Work Stream C: Analytical work on emerging technologies and the SDGs

Members of the Inter-agency Task Team

IATT Coordinators

Mr. Wei Liu
Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Address: United Nations Secretariat Building, Room S-2660, New York, NY 10017, USA

Ms. Dong Wu
Chief, Policy Review Section
Officer-in-Charge, Science and Technology Section
Science, Technology, and ICT Branch
Division on Technology and Logistics
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Palais des Nations, E 7058 | 1211 Geneva 10 | Switzerland
STI Forum, 5-6 June 2018
The third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on June 5 and 6, 2018.

Paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced the launch of a "Technology Facilitation Mechanism" (TFM) in order to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The TFM will facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders.

The TFM has three components:

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
New and Events
News and Events
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
In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) called for identifying options for a technology facilitation mechanism , in its outcome document A/RES/66/288 - The Future We Want.

Member States continued discussions on the way forward, in particular in the form of eight “workshops” and “structured dialogues” convened by the President of the General Assembly in 2013 and 2014. In line with Resolution A/RES/68/310 and Resolution A/RES/69/214 para 12 , the Secretary-General proposed in paragraph 125 of his Synthesis Report to take into account the recommendations emerging from the structured dialogues, specifically to “establish an online, global platform building on and complementing existing initiatives, and with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.” In order to support the Secretary General’s proposal, the Interagency Working Group on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism (IAWG) was initiated by the DESA and UNEP at the end of 2014. The group is open for participation by all ECESA Plus entities. At present it comprises DESA, UNEP, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, ITU, WIPO, and the World Bank Group.

The group’s work is structured around four work streams where it identified opportunities to collectively achieve greater impact within the scope of existing mandates:

  1. the mapping of existing the technology facilitation initiatives including support for policy formulation and strengthening of technological capabilities and innovation systems;
  2. identifying areas of synergy and areas of possible cooperation within the UN system on technology-related work;
  3. developing options for a possible online knowledge hub and information-sharing platform; and
  4. cooperating with relevant stakeholders on building STI capacity building.

In this connection, two side events have being organized by the IAWG: one in June 2015 in New York during the Post-2015 Development Agenda negotiation, and one in July 2015 in Addis Ababa during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The primary objectives of the first event were to brief Member States and other stakeholders on the progress to date of the IAWG on the mapping exercise, the development for options for an online platform, and on enhancing coordination and coherence of UN system capacity building work on science, technology and innovation. The second event presented a joint interagency statement endorsed by eight Heads of Agencies, and focused on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its initiatives including capacity-building efforts on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals.

Member States have clearly indicated in the OWG proposal and the FfD process that technology development, dissemination and transfer and the strengthening of scientific and technological capabilities of all countries represent key elements of the Means of Implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda includes a decision to establish a technology facilitation mechanism which would be launched at the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism comprises a multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs; an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs; and a UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs which will promote coordination, coherence, and cooperation within the UN System on STI related matters, enhancing synergy and efficiency, in particular to enhance capacity building initiatives. The platform will also engage stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community.

Given the Science Technology Innovation-related decisions contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the IAWG now reconstitutes as the Inter-Agency Task Team, stands ready to support pro-actively Member States’ ambitions to establish the envisaged technology facilitation mechanism, and consider how best to reach out to other partners in what must become a truly multi-stakeholder endeavour going forward. A strengthened UN system interagency working group, or task team, on STI for the SDGs together with strong multi-stakeholder engagement could play an important role in effective delivery, in support of the future implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.
Recommendations of the Secretary General Report A/67/348

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/66/288 of 27 July 2012 which endorsed the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”. Paragraph 273 of this resolution requests “relevant United Nations agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism that promotes the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies” and requests me to “make recommendations regarding the facilitation mechanism to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly”. The report summarizes recent trends, provides an overview of the proposals received and outlines my recommendations for the functions, format, and working methods of a technology facilitation mechanism, as well as on a potential process forward to improved technology facilitation.

Suggestions by UN organizations

All fifty-three UN organizations of ECESA Plus were invited to make proposals on the functions, format and working methods of a potential technology facilitation mechanism, to outline their contributions to such mechanism, and to indicate partners they considered essential to be involved. Twenty-two organizations and bodies provided contributions/suggestions, ECA, ECE, ESCAP, ECLAC, ESCWA, DESA, IAEA, IMO, ITU, OHRLLS, UNCDF, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNDP, UN-Women, UNEP, World Bank, WIPO, and WTO. More material will be posted here in due course

Rio+20 Compilation Document

Over 200 of the submissions made the Rio+20 compilation document contain various proposals on science and technology for sustainable development. In particular, the following stakeholders listed below made significant proposals in this area.

Political Groups

Group of 77 and China, EU, CARICOM, Pacific Island Forum, PSIDS Regional preparatory meetings:Africa Region, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Asia and the Pacific Region, Arab Region, Europe Region

Member States

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria (EU submission), Belarus, Belgium (EU submission), Benin, Bolivia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria (EU submission), Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, China (Beijing Symposium), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Holy See (Observer State), Honduras (Workshop on Sustainable Tourism), Hungary, Iceland, India, India (Delhi Ministerial Dialogue), Indonesia (with Bandung Declaration as an annex of its input), Ireland, Israel (national and Meeting on Greening Agriculture), Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Singapore (Regional 3R Forum in Asia), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (Preparatory Conference “Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Water Cooperation Issues”), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

UN system and IGOs

A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO, UNDP), Advisory Group of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), Alpine Convention, Asian Development Bank, Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, ECESA Plus Cluster on Social Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-Agency Consultative Group for SIDS, Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), Inter-Parliamentary Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Olympic Committee to the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International),.South Centre, Specialist Group on Soils and Desertification of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI) of the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), UN Interagency Committee for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC DESD), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), UN-Water, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations Development Group (UNDG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Global Compact, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population Division (DESA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), United Nations SG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Trade Organization (WTO).

Major groups - consensus documents

Scientific and Technical Community; Local Authorities (ICLEI, C40, nrg4SD, ECO-City Builders, and UCGL); Women; Children and Youth; Workers and Trade Unions (International Trade Union Federation); Farmers; Business and Industry (Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012); Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Information Network);

Major groups - selected individual docs

Categories: Academic Institutions, Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Coalitions and Partnerships, Foundation, Indigenous People, Scientific Community, Women. Groups: Third World Network, Stakeholder Forum, WWF, CIEL, Eurostep, Earth Institute, ICTSD, Arab NGO Network for Development, Climate Action Network International, DAWN, ICTSD, Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis, RESO-CLIMAT Cameroun, C40, Eco-Accord, Commons Action for the UN, INFORSE, Sustain US,, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Business and Industry, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, PDMA, World Resources Forum, Asia Pacific Youth, European Youth Meeting, China Youth, European Students' Forum, ETC Group, 21st Century Clusters, AGEDI, Alzheimer's Disease International, APRN, Boston University (Pardee Center), Information Habitat, CONFEA, Oikos, Chinese Civil Society Organizations.