The second 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 May 15 and 16, 2017.
In September of 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations adopted a new set of goals that are designed to achieve sustainable development for everyone globally by the year 2030. The ‘2030 Agenda’ contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designed to shape the global efforts for development until 2030. This year the focus will be on just six SDGs:
- Missing Maps: crowdsourcing digital map creation
- Babajob: Informal Sector Jobs Marketplace
- Virtual Farmers Market
- Virtual Water Prospecting Program to locate naturally desalinated self-recharging & self-replenishing Water Sources
- Farmer Query System
- Mobilized Construction
- Paper Airplanes
- JokkoSante, pharmacy community
- CodePhil: Digital Literacy in Rural Philippines for Sustainable Livelihoods & Community Resilience
The annual STI Forum is a core element of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism negotiated and agreed by the UN member States in 2015. The outcome of the STI Forum feeds into the annual High-Level Political forum (HLPF) which is the annual meeting of UN member States charged with review of implementation of the SDGs until 2030.
STI Forum 2016 – Call for Innovations
The first such Call for Innovations was held for the STI Forum 2016, and the below list of innovators were selected to showcase inspiring solutions to the SDGs. Their representatives were invited to attend the inaugural STI Forum 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York, and to present their innovations at a Special Event:
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.