Call for Innovations for the SDGs (2017)

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:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

A Call for Innovations is now being launched for the sharing of innovations that provide solutions targeted to these six SDGs. Innovators from around the world are invited to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges posed by the six SDGs by 21 March 2017 at

All innovations are welcome and will be reviewed carefully. This year, we are placing a special emphasis in learning about those innovations where the Internet may have played a significant role in knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

Following the Call for Innovations, a group of eminent experts will select key examples of innovative solutions. Subject to availability of funding, representatives of the selected innovations will be invited to participate in the STI Forum 2017, and exhibit their innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15 and 16 May 2017.

The Call for Innovations is hosted by the Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs (IATT) and the 10-Member Group appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange, a global online marketplace for innovations, funding, insights, resources and conversations, which matches funding opportunities, free services, resources, and support, and experts with innovators.

Innovations submitted to the Call will be publicly featured in the Exchange’s searchable database used by press, donors, funders and investors, and will receive access to a comprehensive list of all available innovation funding opportunities across development (more than 200+ million dollars).

You can support this Call for Innovations for the STI Forum 2017 by:

  1. Submitting your innovative idea so the world, funders, collaborators, and potential customers can see it.
  2. Encouraging other innovators to submit their innovations.
  3. If you are a Development Expert, provide your feedback and insights on the innovators registered for this Call.
  4. If you are implementing programs, look and find innovations that you might want to test.
  5. Spread the word, help us find and feature the ingenuity from your country and around the world!
  6. If your organization has innovations it has funded, submit them so that others can scale your innovations.


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:

Adaptive Learning Program

Agriworks Mobile Irrigation System

Clean Fuel from Agricultural Waste and Energy-Saving Cookstoves

Dispensers from Safe Water

JANMA Clean Birth Kit

LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System

Lumkani Fire Detection

Naya Jeevan

Reducing Milk Spoilage Through Solar Powered Milk Chilling in Rural India

Social Register of Mauritius

Surehatch Incubators

Women Originated Media Entrepreneurship Network (WOMEN)


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.

High-Level Event on Innovation (May 17)