The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation to Accelerate Action and Transformative Pathways Towards Sustainable Development
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Virtual (New York time)

Side Event

The Permanent Missions of Israel and Mexico to the United Nations in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences

Concept Note:
The current COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious public health challenge of our time. This grave human security crisis stretches well beyond the immediate health emergency to encompass enormous impacts on people and governments working to achieve a more sustainable and resilient planet. As Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized, we need “all hands on deck to fight a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.”

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) have the potential to provide powerful and indispensable tools to help us overcome this and other pressing global challenges. The proposed online side event will explore the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in accelerating the UN Decade of Action for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will share highlights of the recent Science, Technology and Innovation conference side event, entitled “Sustainable Development Goals in the Era of COVID-19”.

The event will also refer to existing and innovative measures to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the need to balance the need to fight the pandemic with other considerations, including economic and social ones.

We will discuss the challenges and opportunities offered by Science, Technology and Innovation to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and look at the future of STI cooperation in a post-COVID-19 world. The event will explore the challenges and opportunities for global sustainability from a scientific and evidence-based perspective at this critical juncture for humanity when the world’s development trajectory within the next 10 years must decisively shift towards a path that can take humanity to a more equitable future to ensure well-being for all.

Speakers:
  • Achim Steiner- UNDP Administrator
  • Dr. Trajtenberg Nadine- Economist, former Deputy Governor of Bank of Israel
  • Melissa Sassi- Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator

  • United Nations