Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals
05 Mar 2020 - 06 Mar 2020
S3 PlatformS3 Worldwidesustainable development goals
The workshop 'Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals', organised by JRC, is linked to the works of the Global Pilot Programme of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI Roadmaps for SDGs.
It will bring together two different perspectives:: firstly, on 5 March, it will summarise the challenges and achievements in implementing Smart Specialisation (S3) as localised roadmaps for transformation and for the achievement of the SDGs. Secondly, on 6 March, it will bring together UN stakeholders including UN-DESA, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNCTAD, and countries involved in the UN Global Pilot Programme on STI Roadmaps for SDGs to discuss the progress in testing the emerging global methodologiesand tackling sustainability challenges in the context of rapid technological change.
The event will bring together high-level speakers from EU and UN institutions, EUMember States and regions, the UN global pilot programme countries, other international institutions as well as experts and practitioners.
The main aim of the event is to present practical experience and advances in applying Smart Specialisation (S3) as a methodology driving the achievement of the SDGs through the establishment and implementation of transformative localised, place-based innovation-driven strategies/roadmaps in a number of countries and sub-national territories. This includes EU Member States, regions and cities that are already implementing Smart Specialisation strategies targeted towards SDGs and non-EU countries that chose to adopt the S3 methodology as policy framework and/or reference methodology.
Starting in November 2018, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been working to share the EU experience on Smart Specialisation (S3) Strategies as one of the global methodologies for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Roadmaps for the achievement of SDGs, with a distinctive localised (place-based) approach and widespread application across EU regions. At the same time, there has been a growing interest in adopting S3 as a reference approach to localised innovation-led transformation agendas in a number of countries across the globe, as well as an increasing focus on SDGs as key framework for setting targets and ambitions.