Highlights and images for 14 May 2019


Highlights for Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The 4th annual STI Forum opened on Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Opening the Fourth Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), called attention to how science, technology and innovation (STI) is helping the world address global challenges. She also highlighted that these technological changes are still not deep or fast enough to fully respond to these challenges.Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, relayed a number of accomplishments of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), such as the release of the “Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps,” and the development of a prototype of the online platform to help connect providers of technology solutions to those who seek them.Keynote presentations by Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Claudette McGowan, Chief Information Officer, Bank of Montreal, Canada, covered the “haves” and the “have-nots,” stressing that technology can be a force for good but has also resulted in severe disparities around the globe. Both speakers highlighted the importance of education, calling for initiatives that bridge gaps in technology and science.A ministerial segment featured country statements focused on strengthening capacity and policy for the development of STI roadmaps.Throughout the day, panels addressed the following topics, each with a discussion incorporating input and questions from various stakeholders, including intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and country representatives:

  • Emerging technology clusters and the impact of rapid technological change on the SDGs;
  • STI for education and decent work for the future (Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 and 8); and
  • Gender and STI for SDGs.
  • The launch of an exhibition featuring innovative technology solutions for the SDGs took place during lunch, featuring the winning submissions from the call for innovations that support implementation of the SDGs. Solutions on display related to, inter alia, cookstoves, new pedagogical tools, redirection and prevention of waste, and protection of indigenous resources. The first day of the Forum included the launch of another exhibition on gender and STI, featuring prominent woman scientists from around the world and their contributions.

    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.

    Welcome Address and Opening: Appreciating the Cross-cutting Nature of STI
    Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
    Inga Rhonda King, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President
    Claudette McGowan, Chief Information Officer, Bank of Montreal, Canada
    Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
    L-R: Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Elizabeth Thompson, STI Forum Co-Chair; Marie Chatardová, STI Forum Co-Chair; Inga Rhonda King, ECOSOC President; Secretary; Claudette McGowan, Chief Information Officer, Bank of Montreal, Canada; and Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, TWAS
    Session 1: Emerging Technology Clusters and the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the SDGs
    Abby Shapiro, Senior Vice President, US Council for International Business (USCIB)
    Amir Dossal, President, Global Partnerships Forum
    Session 2: Ministerial Segment – Strengthening Capacity and Policy for the Development of STI Roadmaps
    Elizabeth Thompson, STI Forum Co-Chair
    Amb. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer, Palestine, for the G-77/China
    Motoko Kotani, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Prime Minister Cabinet Office, Japan
    Adrián Bonilla, Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ecuador
    Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

    Session 3: STI for Education and Decent Work for the Future (SDG 4 and SDG 8)

    Antonin Fejfar, Czech Academy of Science
    Kate Radford, The Netherlands, pitches her innovation submission ‘Can’t Wait to Learn’
    Moderator Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Senior Advisor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (and 10-Member Group), and Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    L-R: Myung Ja Kim, President of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies; Stefan Schnorr, Directorate-General, Digital and Innovation Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany; and Marie Chatardová, STI Forum Co-Chair
    Session 4: Gender and STI for SDGs
    James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US
    Moderator Špela Stres, Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer Center, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia (and 10-Member Group)
    Alice Abreu, Professor Emerita, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Member of Gender Advisory Board, Brazil
    Aliza Inbal, Director, Pears Program for Global Innovation, Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Israel
    Special Event 1: Launch of Exhibition of Innovative Technology Solutions for the SDGs
    Inga Rhonda King, ECOSOC President, opening the Exhibition
    Participants during the exhibition
    Launch of the Exhibition on Gender and STI
    Elizabeth Thompson, STI Forum Co-Chair, opens the Exhibition
    Around the Venue
    Women, who attended the Forum in record numbers, gather for a photo


    Negotiating blocs
    Group of 77 and China