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Join the Global Online Discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, 17 April - 5 May 2017

Welcome to the global online discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. Moderated by internationally recognized experts, the online discussion will be open from 17 April to 5 May 2017. The discussion will feed directly into the second multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum), which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 15-16 May 2017.

In addition to several cross-cutting themes, this year STI Forum also have dedicated sessions on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 in order to promote coherence with the High Level Political Forum.

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Join hundreds of participants from civil society, academia, the private sector, experts on science, technology and innovation in the conversation! The online discussion is structured around key topics to be covered in the STI Forum. To join the discussion, click on the topic to which you would like to contribute. To contribute, please Sign in.

The discussion threads will stay open beyond the formal cut-off date of 5 May for the summary, in order to enable stakeholders to continue the discussions. All interested are encouraged to continue to share their thoughts until the STI Forum.

Topic 1

Science, technology and innovation for the SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14

What are the success stories in scientific collaboration, innovation, technology transfer and diffusion, new initiatives or partnerships that contribute directly to the achievement of the six selected SDGs? What are key challenges whose resolution could have a transformative impact on the achievement of these SDGs, and for which STI does/can offer practical and viable options? Give a concrete example of existing STI solution that addresses those challenges. What are practical ways to adapt, repurpose and upscale that solution? What are the new disruptive technologies that could change the paradigm in the field and transform the way to reach these selected SDGs? In which ways STI should be transformed to address those challenges? Which forms of interface between society and STI are needed? Which kinds of social expertise need to be associated with STI activities?

Topic 2

STI plans, policies and capacity building

How STI features in current national (and sub-national, if appropriate) plans for the SDGs? How to design STI policies and operational policy instruments for SDGs taking into account the diversity of national contexts and challenges? How to better align international responses to the national needs of STI policy development and implementation to achieving the SDGs? What are the gaps in existing STI policies for capacity building and science advisory systems? What are the new models of capacity building on STI? What it takes to be able to provide STI based advice effectively to shape policy, building on country experiences?

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