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Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
15 - 16 May 2017
New York







High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity
On 17 May 2017, building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from the major corporations of the world will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
On 12 of May 2017, in the run-up to the STI Forum, UN will held a meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals: "Towards a Global Forum of Research Funding Agencies, Foundations and Development Agencies". The meeting will bring together national research funding agencies (represented by the Belmont Forum), development aid agencies (represented by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency), foundations (represented by the Volkswagen Foundation) and high-level representatives from the United Nations.
Monday, 15 May 2017
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
10:35 AM - 10:40 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting

Side Events
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
ECOSOC Chamber
Side Event
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Side Event
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference Room B, UNHQ
Side Event
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference Room 12, UNHQ
Side Event
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference Room A, UNHQ
Side Event


15 - 16 May 2017
New York







High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity
On 17 May 2017, building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from the major corporations of the world will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
On 12 of May 2017, in the run-up to the STI Forum, UN will held a meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals: "Towards a Global Forum of Research Funding Agencies, Foundations and Development Agencies". The meeting will bring together national research funding agencies (represented by the Belmont Forum), development aid agencies (represented by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency), foundations (represented by the Volkswagen Foundation) and high-level representatives from the United Nations.
Call for poster submissions
Call for Submissions: Posters from National Research Laboratories The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has put out a call to all Member States, inviting them to submit digital posters featuring the work of National Research Laboratories as they pertain to the SDGs under review this year. This will provide an opportunity to share innovations with Member States and other stakeholders around the STI Forum.

Recent submissions:



Tuesday, 16 May 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting

Side Events
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Delegates Dining Hall
Side Event

15 - 16 May 2017
New York







High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity
On 17 May 2017, building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from the major corporations of the world will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
On 12 of May 2017, in the run-up to the STI Forum, UN will held a meeting on Supporting Science for the Sustainable Development Goals: "Towards a Global Forum of Research Funding Agencies, Foundations and Development Agencies". The meeting will bring together national research funding agencies (represented by the Belmont Forum), development aid agencies (represented by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency), foundations (represented by the Volkswagen Foundation) and high-level representatives from the United Nations.
Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum), 2017
Participants for STI Forum 2017 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.

The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on May 15 and 16, 2017.

The theme of the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world", and the Member States have decided that the HLPF 2017 shall focus on six SDGs (1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14) in addition to SDG 17 that will be considered at each HLPF. In this context, the following topic may be considered for the STI Forum 2017: "Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14".

The UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT) was mandated to work with the 10 representatives from civil society, private sector and scientific community to prepare the STI Forum. H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the President of ECOSOC, reappointed  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 2017 STI forum.

Call for Innovations
The second Call for Innovations was launched for the sharing of innovations that provide solutions targeted to these six SDGs. Innovators from around the world were invited to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges posed by the six SDGs.

The Call for Innovations is now closed. More than 110 inspiring innovations from all the globe were submitted through the Global Innovations Exchange platform.

The following outstanding innovators were selected to attend the STI Forum 2017 at UNHQ and showcase their solutions:

Featured innovations for the second STI Forum

Online discussions
In order to enable as many voices as possible to be heard at the second Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, e-discussions will be held in the run-up to the conference. The online discussions will be open from 17 April to 5 May 2017 and feed directly into the Forum.

The objective of the e-consultation is to mobilize all stakeholders to share information on trends in the deployment of science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, specific solutions and achievements, state of the art expertise on specific issues and practice areas, emerging priorities, critical knowledge and innovation gaps, as well as their views on ways of mobilizing science, technology and innovation responses to address these gaps.

The consultation is structured around the following two topics:

  1. Science, technology and innovation for the SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14
  2. STI plans, policies and capacity building
We encourage you to participate in the discussions and share your experiences and perspectives at this link: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017/OnlineDiscussion