With the crosscutting theme of inclusiveness and equality, the 4th annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place 14-15 May 2019 at UN Headquarters in New York.
The STI Forum brings together relevant stakeholders for the purpose of leveraging scientific knowledge, technological advancements, and innovation to achieve the SDGs.
The annual STI Forum is one component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) serving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). This year’s iteration will focus on:
SDG 4 (quality education);
SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth);
SDG 10 (reduced inequalities);
SDG 13 (climate action); and
SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions).
These mirror the SDGs under review by the upcoming session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
In 2018, the STI Forum covered SDGs 6 (water), 7 (energy), 11 (cities), 12 (consumption and production), and 15 (biodiversity). As outlined in our coverage of the 2018 Forum, a prominent theme was the idea of “STI roadmaps,” with the objective of creating sustainable and resilient societies.
The 2019 STI Forum will grapple with rapid technological change, socio-economic and environmental impacts of emerging technologies, and capacity building. In addition, sessions will explore the role of gender, youth, and traditional knowledge. A key outcome of the Forum will be the summary of discussions offered by the Forum’s Co-Chairs as input to the HLPF.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web updates from the STI Forum 2019. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has publish a briefing note, which is available in HTML and PDF.
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