First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)
6 Jun 2016 - 7 Jun 2016
Conference Room 1, UNHQ, New York
As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda
and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda,
the annual collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development Goals (STI Forum) 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." It will "discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the sustainable development goals, congregating all relevant stakeholders to actively contribute in their area of expertise."
The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place on 6-7 June 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 2016 STI Forum will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."
The forum and its preparation will be guided by the following questions:
1) Why are science, technology and innovation essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? Please provide one or more concrete examples that, in your experience, best exemplify this.
2) What are the main opportunities and challenges – at policy, organisational and individual levels - for maximizing the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
3) What are the key elements that countries and international organizations may need to take into account in formulating action plans and/or roadmaps for science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals?
4) How can we deploy existing knowledge and new, innovative solutions and technologies and make them more readily available to those who need them?
5) What would be success criteria for the STI Forum in the coming years? What questions should the STI Forum focus on?
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.
In this regards, H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, the President of ECOSOC, appointed H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau,
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations and Dr. Vaughan Turekian,
the Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State, to act as co-chairs for the STI forum.
Finalized programme of Side Events can be accessed here.