A Call for Submissions
Innovations to advance the SDGs

The Call for Innovations for the SDGs 2018 is initiated by the UN in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange, and will take place from February 26 to April 4 2018

The Call seeks concrete scientific and technological innovations to achieve the five SDGs that are the focus of the third multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) in 2018, namely:

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All innovations that are working to achieve these SDGs are welcome, and will be reviewed carefully. We also welcome innovations based on traditional knowledge or helping to ensure that no one is left behind.
Following the Call for Innovations, a group of eminent experts will select key examples of innovative solutions.  Subject to availability of funding, representatives of the selected innovations will be invited to participate in the STI Forum 2018, and exhibit their innovations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 5 and 6 June 2018.

Innovations submitted to the Call will be publicly featured in GIE’s searchable database of over 5,000 innovations, used by press, donors, funders and investors, and can access a comprehensive list of all available innovation funding opportunities across development (cumulative USD 250+ million).

Show us your creativity, entrepreneurship and drive to promote sustainable development by submitting your innovation.

  1. Create or login to an account on the Global Innovation Exchange.    

  2. Add or spruce up the relevant innovation profile.

  3. To officially submit your innovation for consideration, add a milestone for "Recognition" for “STI Forum 2018" as the Program and "Applicant" as the Title.

If your innovation already exists on GIE, you only need to complete the last step. You can continue to edit your innovation profile until April 4, 2018. Please visit the FAQ for additional information about submitting your innovation profile.


What are the SDGs?

The 193 countries of the United Nations adopted a new set of goals that are designed to achieve sustainable development for everyone globally by the year 2030. “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designed to shape the global efforts for development until 2030.
This year the focus of the STI Forum will be on the following five SDGs:

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

The SDGs are designed to be transformative, and change the way in which we develop our world.  Innovation and technology are key to implementing the SDGs, and essential to the ambition of achieving the SDGs by 2030.

What is the STI Forum?

A Technology Facilitation Mechanism was agreed by the Member States as part of the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (outcome of the Financing for Development Conference, 2015).  As a central part of this agreement, the United Nations will host an annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum).
The STI Forum 2018 will take place at UN Headquarters, New York, and will address the five SDGs chosen to also be the focus of the subsequent High-Level Political Forum, at which the UN member States will annually meet to review their progress in implementing the SDGs.
The Member States established the STI Forum to "provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the sustainable development goals."

Background:  Call for Innovations from STI Forums 2016 and 2017