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.
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.