The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) took place on June 6 and 7, 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The 2016 STI Forum addressed the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."
As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (agreed in the Financing for Development Conference, 2015), the annual STI Forum provided "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."
As its name indicates, the STI Forum involves a discussion and networking platform for all actors in the field of science, technology and innovation and is open to member States, UN organizations, civil society, academia, industry and private sector, as well as accredited individuals.
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, civil society, Indigenous peoples and 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.
Each year, the United Nations will host a Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs. As part of the first annual Forum which took place in 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 is to help to support these 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.
Worldwide, stakeholders are already leading the way towards the achievement of the SDGs by creating and scaling up ambitious and innovative ideas, technologies and practices. Help us to show what it takes to make sustainable development a reality for all!
Innovations should be already delivering solutions to the SDGs, and are welcomed from diverse backgrounds, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, and open collaborative networks.