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1st annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

6-7 June 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

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William Colgalzier, Co-Chair, 10-Member Group of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism; Xiaolan Fu, Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University; STI Forum Co-Chair Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State; STI Forum Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; ECOSOC President Oh Joon; and Heide Hackmann, Co-Chair, 10-Member Group for the Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), concluded its work on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York.

During the day, representatives of UN Member States and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders heard presentations from panelists and engaged in an interactive dialogue on four topics:

  • Creating shared value: How do we make it work?
  • Ministerial Dialogue: Towards a roadmap of effective science, technology and innovation policy frameworks
  • The Experience of Youth in using Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
  • The Way Forward: Adding Value through the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum

In the closing session, Co-Chair Macharia Kamau (Kenya) said we will have to work harder over the next few months to maximize the potential of this Forum over the next 14 years, including through intersessional interactions, given the huge agenda ahead. He expressed hope that the Forum will be able to feed into the work of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Co-Chair Vaughan Turekian (US) said that achieving the SDGs requires better integration of science, technology and innovation, involving a vast number of stakeholders. STI enabling environments are critical to achieve the SDGs over the next 14 years, he added. This STI Forum is “testable,” like scientific inquiry, and can be improved over time, he concluded.

ECOSOC President Oh Joon said it is time to make the Technology Facilitation Mechanism operational and beneficial for all, and called for everyone’s continued cooperation to mobilize great minds and build lasting partnerships. He said we need to strengthen STI capacity in every country, create innovative knowledge societies that use scientific evidence to inform policy, make advances that greatly facilitate technology transfer and diffusion, and support social technologies to change mindsets and behaviors.

ECOSOC President Oh Joon closed the Forum at 5:45 pm.

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Session 5: Creating Shared Value: How Do We Make It Work?


Moderator Romain Murenzi, 10-Member Group for the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

Alexis Bonnell, Global Innovation Exchange, USAID


Tolullah Oni, Next Einstein Fellow

Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of Internet Matters


Zitouni Ould-Dada, United Nations Environment Programme

Gary Fowlie, International Telecommunications Union

Till Zbiranski, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Norine Kennedy, US Council for International Business

Lydia Cumiskey, Major Group for Children and Youth

Haidar Fraihat, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia



Session 6: Ministerial Dialogue: Towards a Roadmap of Effective Science,
Technology and Innovation Policy Frameworks


Session 6 Panel (L-R): Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer; STI Forum Co-Chair Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State; STI Forum Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dominican Republic.


Under-Secretary-General Wu Honbgo, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer


Joe Mucheru, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Kenya

Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dominican Republic


Dong Wu, UN Conference on Trade and Development

Marcela Angulo González, CORFO-Chilean Economic Development Agency

Asher Lessels, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


Ambassador Wu Haitao, China

Naoto Kanehira, World Bank


Session 7: The Experience of Youth in Using Science,
Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development


Moderator Elenita Daño, Asia Director, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group)

Hannah Herbst, 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner


David Moinina Sengeh, Co-founder, Global Minimum Inc. and 2014 TED Fellow

Gusti Ayu Fransiska Dewi, Co-founder of Asia Pacific Youth Network on Climate Change and Field Coordinator, Climate for Rainforest Alliance


Linda Staheli, Founder and Executive Director, Global Co Lab Network

Mikaela Preston, University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Rock, President and CEO, Association of Science and Technology Centers


Session 8: The Way Forward: Adding Value through the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum


(L-R): STI Co-Chair Vaughan Turekian, US; STI Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Kenya; and ECOSOC President Oh Joon


Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Vice-Chair of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Heide Hackmann, Co-Chair, 10-Member Group for the Technology Facilitation Mechanism




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