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STI Forum 2018

Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology

and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

5 – 6 June 2018

Innovations to advance the SDGs: A Call for Submissions

The third 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 June 5 and 6, 2018.

In September 2015, the nations of the world adopted a new set of goals to achieve the well-being of all while protecting the planet by 2030. This ‘2030 Agenda’ contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designed to shape the global efforts towards attaining these objectives.

Since 2018, an annual review at the United Nations focuses on progress, challenges and lessons learned during implementation and is supported by the STI Forum.


The focus of this review on 2018 will be on five specific SDGs (see below).

Have you developed and implemented a novel or innovative solution to accelerate progress towards at least one of these five SDGs?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Innovators from around the world are invited to submit their scientific and technological solutions to the challenges impeding progress towards at least one of these in-focus SDGs by 4 April 2018 at

All innovations are welcome and will be reviewed carefully by a group of eminent experts.

Selected innovators will be invited to take part in an exhibition at the STI Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 5 and 6 June 2018.

Subject to the availability of funds, some limited resources may be made available to support their participation in person.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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 tech platform on a mission to accelerate innovation in developing countries through a central repository of global development innovations, related funding and other critical data. GIE helps social entrepreneurs or innovators fundraise more easily and quickly and connects investors, funders, implementers, practitioners, journalists or researchers, to valuable innovation data and information.

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 2018 by:

Submitting your innovative idea so the world, funders, collaborators, and potential customers can see it.

  1. Encouraging other innovators to submit their innovations.
  2. If you are a Development Expert, provide your feedback and insights on the innovators registered for this Call.
  3. If you are implementing programs, look and find innovations that you might want to test.
  4. Spread the word, help us find and feature the ingenuity from your country and around the world!
  5. If your organization has relevant innovations that is has showcased, submit them so that it reaches a wider audience and can achieve bigger impact.


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 2017 – Call for Innovations

The last such Call for Innovations was held for the STI Forum 2017, and the innovations listed below were selected to showcase inspiring solutions to the SDGs. Associated innovators attended the STI Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York, and presented their innovations at a Special Exhibition, as well as at sessions during the Forum.

  • Missing Maps: crowdsourcing digital map creation (global)
  • Babajob: informal sector jobs marketplace (India)
  • Virtual Farmers Market: app-based e-commerce platform for crops (global, Zambia)
  • doctHERs: digital health platform (Pakistan)
  • WaterQuest: Virtual Water Prospecting Program (global)
  • Ignitia: weather forecast for small scale farmers (Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal)
  • Farmer Query System: connecting farmers to agro experts (Bangladesh)
  • OMOMI: health app for mothers (Nigeria)
  • Mobilized Construction: software platform to facilitate road construction (Kenya, Uganda)
  • Paper Airplanes: digital solution to refugee education access (United States, Algeria, Belgium, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Sweden, Syria, Turkey)
  • JokkoSante: community pharmacy (Senegal)
  • CodePhil: digital literacy for sustainable livelihoods & community resilience (Philippines)