The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), is organising a three-day Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to help prepare for the 5th STI Forum in May 2020.
The meeting will be attended by 40 to 50 STI and SDG experts from academia, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments, and the UN system.
The meeting will focus on how best to structure the 2020 STI Forum, so as to make an effective contribution to the 2020 HLPF, and more broadly to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. The meeting will be structured along with the six “entry points” and four “levers” for action as proposed in the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019, in line with current plans for the structure of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2020.
In addition, and in keeping with previous years, cross-cutting meeting themes will include the role of traditional knowledge, potential impacts of emerging technologies, barriers for scaling up solutions, and ways to ensure that STI benefits all, leaving no one behind. Most importantly, the meeting will also identify key lessons learnt from the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) since its inception in 2015, in order to support strategic planning for the work of the TFM in the coming years.
Natalia Manola, Manging Director of OpenAIRE, will represent the initiative in the panel discussion on “Open Science and Open Knowledge Systems for the SDGs”.