The Call to Action 2016 was initiated by the United Nations, in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange, during the month of April 2016, to elicit concrete scientific and technological innovations to achieve the 17 SDGs and to showcase key examples of innovative solutions during the inaugural Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, that took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 6 and 7 June 2016.
The Call for Innovations for the SDGs has now concluded.
The response to the Call for Innovations 2016 was outstanding, in terms of number and quality of innovations, from many different regions. Over 270 applications were reviewed by the members of the review committee, and narrowed to 12 selected innovations. Many of the innovations showed exceptional promise as solutions for the SDGs.
Please browse the extraordinary community of global innovators who responded to this Call for Innovations, and who are already making the difference to those most in need around the world.
The following innovations were chosen as illustrations of the broad and inspiring range of sectors, countries and sources of innovation in solving different challenges raised by the sustainable development, and their representatives were invited to come to the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs in New York to present their innovations at a Special Event held at United Nations Headquarters on 6 June 2016:
Please stay tuned for future opportunities to engage in calls for innovations for the SDGs.
In the meantime, all innovators are invited to access to the Global Innovation Exchange, to join a community of over 4200 innovators and 8800 collaborators, and access over US$ 180 million in available funding. The Exchange will allow innovators to access funding opportunities, as well as help locate other resources to support innovation, and will help to identify other innovators working in the same or related fields, as competitors or potential partners. The Exchange can help to create a community of like-minded innovators from around the world, focused on solutions for the SDGs.
In September of 2015, 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 for the next 15 years. They apply to all countries equally and aim to leave no one behind in achieving progress for humankind.
They involve governments, industry and the private sector, civil society, Indigenous peoples, youth and all individuals in a collective effort.
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 in the next 15 years.
As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism 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), the United Nations will each year host a Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum).
The first annual STI Forum took place on June 6 and 7, 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on the topic "Realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the SDGs."
The STI Forum involved more than 450 participants in a discussion and networking platform for all actors in the field of science, technology and innovation, including Member States, UN organizations, civil society, academia, industry and private sector, as well as accredited individuals.
The Co-Chair's summary of the STI Forum is available here.
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."
What is the Call to Action?
As part of the first STI Forum 2016 the UN in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange launched a Call to Action for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and sustainability change agents worldwide to submit their innovations as workable solutions for sustainable development.
The purpose of this Call to Action was to help to support existing innovative solutions by creating networks and communities among people who are developing technological innovations, those who can support or scale up such innovations, and those who need such innovations in order to implement the SDGs. Innovations were sought from diverse backgrounds, including women, youth, indigenous peoples, and open collaborative networks