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Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps that help to realize the SDGs are central in the work of UN agencies. As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), the UN Inter-agency Task Team (IATT) has been working towards developing STI Roadmaps for SDGs. Expert consultations in New York, Tokyo, Brussels, and Nairobi led to the development of a joint guidebook and shaped cooperation with selected countries in this field. The initiative is expected to create synergies and promoting cross-sectoral and inter-agency collaborations for the development of STI roadmaps for SDGs, using existent methodologies. The objectives of the roadmaps are to build a long-term vision of the desired future, explore innovation and technological pathways and possible scenarios, support policy design, planning and implementation processes.

A Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs roadmaps was announced during the HLPF, in July 2019, focusing on 5 pilot countries: Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, India and Serbia. In 2019, the programme will focus on demonstrating concrete value-added for the beneficiary countries, as part of the national processes to design and implement roadmaps contributing to the achievement of sustainable development strategies.

Expected impact

The programme intends to accelerate the process of developing new, or adapting existing, solutions to meet the SDGs using STI, in the 5 pilot countries. The STI for SDGs roadmaps will be the policy-making tool that will align the SDGs plans with the actions undertaken in the field of science technology and innovation.



Goal 5
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
5.c - Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
Goal 9
9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
9.2 - Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries
9.5 - Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
9.a - Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
9.b - Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
9.c - Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020
Goal 17
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.15 - Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Staff / Technical expertise
UN-IATT member agecies contributing technical expertise
Basic information
Start: 12 July, 2019
Completion: 15 May, 2021
UN-IATT workstream on STI roadmaps for SDGs (on behalf of the co-leads, World Bank, UN-DESA, UNCTAD and UNESCO) (United Nations / Multilateral body)
The UN Inter-agency Task Team (IATT), including the World Bank, UN-DESA, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UN-ESCAP, ESCWA, WIPO, UNU, in cooperation with the Government of Japan, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and OECD, among others
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Not specified
Geographical coverage
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Contact information
Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Chief of Section, Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO, e.fernandez-polcuch@unesco.org,
United Nations