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Review of Goals / Thematic review: SDG 17 Advancing science, technology and innovation for SDGs

An objective of the session is to explore policies and actions for advancing the science, technology and innovation for achieving the SDGs, as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which, inter alia, also launched a UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The TFM now facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, UN entities and other stakeholders. The session will engage all three components of the TFM and elicit inputs from its experts. Co-Chairs will present the mandated Summary of the "Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs". The TFM 10-Member Group of high-level representatives will further engage the Forum's recommendations.

Proposed Guiding Questions

  • What is your vision for harnessing science, technology and innovation, in order to achieve sustained and ever improved well-being, as envisioned in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda? What are the most important challenges and opportunities in this respect?
  • What are your top three recommendations for action?

Presiding Officer:

  • H.E. Mr. Cristián Barros Melet, Vice-president of Economic and Social Council

Moderator:

  • H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; and Co-Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, USA; and Co-Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • Dr. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, ICSU; and Co-chair of the 10-Member Group of high- level representatives in support of the TFM

Lead discussant:

  • Mr. Donovan Guttieres, Focal Point, Science-Policy Interface Platform, United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY)
  • Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Interactive discussion

Biographies
Dr. Heide Hackmann
Executive Director, ICSU (and TFM 10-Member Group)
Dr. Heide Hackmann

Executive Director, ICSU (and TFM 10-Member Group)

Dr. Heide Hackmann is currently the Executive Director of the International Council for Science, following eight years as Executive Director of the International Social Science Council. Heide holds a M.Phil in contemporary social theory from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before moving into the world of the international councils, Heide worked as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her career in science policy dates back to the early 1990s when she worked at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. Heide holds membership of several international advisory committees and boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Development Research, Sweden, and the Board of Cape Farewell in the UK. She is a South African and German national.

H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau
Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

Macharia Kamau is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kenyan Mission to the United Nations. Along with the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Kamau is the cofacilitator for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and was the co-chair of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha
Minister of Science, Technology and Research, SriLanka
H.E. Mr. Susil Premajayantha

Minister of Science, Technology and Research, SriLanka

Susil Premajayantha, MP, had his primary and secondary education at St. John's College, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. In 1982, he completed the Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Colombo and passed out as an Attorney-at-Law in 1985. He has also completed a Master of Public Administration at the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Presently, he is reading for a Doctorate in Business Management at the Open University of Malaysia. He has followed short term programs at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA in 2007.
Mr. Premajayantha commenced his political career with his appointment as Deputy Chairman of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Kotte, Urban Council in 1991. In 1993 he was elected as a Provincial Council Member of the Western Province and was the Minister of Agriculture of the local Government in the Western Provincial Council. In 1995 he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Western Province. Subsequently the electorate reposed their faith in him by re-electing him and he became the Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council between 1995 and 2000.

He was elected to the Sri Lanka Parliament in the year 2000 and has continued to be in Parliament since then. During this period he has held the Cabinet portfolios of Education and Higher Education, Power and Energy, Petroleum Industries, the Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy and is presently the Minister of Science Technology and Research.

In the International arena he was elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2007 and was the Chairman of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO 2005-2010, Chairman of Sri Lanka Russia Parliamentary Friendship Association, Vice Chairman Sri Lanka Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association and Chairman, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Association.

Beginning his political career as a grass root politician at the Urban Council level he is now associated in many initiatives at the national and International level on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. He placed his signature on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka to Climate Change Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016 at UN head Quarters in New York. He has attended many International Fora as a participant and as a Minister during his tenure as Minister of Science Technology and Research.

Mr. Donovan Guttieres
Focal Point for the Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform of UN Major Group for Children and Youth and Policy Focal Point for the Youth Gateway, the Global Youth Partnership for the SDG
Mr. Donovan Guttieres

Focal Point for the Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform of UN Major Group for Children and Youth and Policy Focal Point for the Youth Gateway, the Global Youth Partnership for the SDG

Mr. Donovan Guttieres is Focal Point for the Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY) and Science-Policy Focal Point for the Youth Gateway, the Global Youth Partnership for the SDGs. He is also a Technology Policy Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and part of the Young Engineers / Future Leaders Committee of WFEO. A graduate from Boston University, he holds a B.S in Biomedical Engineering and has received several awards for excellency in leadership and academia. His undergraduate thesis centered on global health technologies and applied public health, developing point-of-care technologies for chronic non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings. For two years, he was president of the Engineers Without Borders - Boston University Chapter, leading the development of mHealth and W.A.S.H projects through a community-driven program in rural Zambia. He also founded the Global Development Community @ Boston University, a campus wide initiative meant to facilitate a more concerted and collective approach to achieving the SDGs at a local, grassroots level. He is currently working on modeling supply chain logistics in health-systems within East African countries in order to identify interventions that will help optimize access to health commodities. A speaker at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2016, he is Interested in using on-the-ground experience, evidence-based approaches, and innovative solutions to close gaps between policy and practice.

Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic
Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and former Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He is a world renowned energy economist and computer scientist with degrees from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, as well as a Honoris Causa Doctorate in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 300 publications and is Editorial Board Member of several scientific journals. He is one of the leading experts on technology change and future scenarios, especially with regard to infrastructures, energy and environmental technologies, and climate change. Prof. Nakicenovic has held many science-policy and advisory positions, including as member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU); the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project; United Nations Secretary General High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable for Energy for All Initiative; Board, Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA); Working Group of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (AG-APCC); Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Steering Committee; International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology, and the Earth League. Prof. Nakicenovic has been engaged in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in various roles over the past 25 years. In particular, he was Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, the Third Assessment Report, and the Fourth Assessment Report. He was director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA); Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; director of Global Energy Perspectives, World Energy Council, 1993 to 1998, Convening Lead Author of the World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability, 1999 to 2000, Member of the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies (ISPRE), 2006 to 2008, and Guest Professor at the Technical University of Graz, 1993–2003. He also served as member of the UN Secretary General Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

Mr. Vaughan Turekian
Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State
Mr. Vaughan Turekian

Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State

Dr. Turekian is the Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State. He advises the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. Prior to that, Dr. Turekian was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 – 2015), Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs of the State Department (2002 – 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health, and Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Academy of Sciences (2000 – 2002) where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science. Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science from Yale University (1993) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia (2000).

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