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Ukraine, the EU and the UN join forces to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

On March 2021, Ukraine joined a pilot programme on SDGs to support countries in developing roadmaps to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals through science, technology and innovation. Ukraine’s participation in such UN programme will help the nation develop a complete national policy that promotes science, technology and innovation.

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna said: ”There are many talented scientists working in Ukraine, whose developments should be used for the development of the national economy and be a contribution to the future of next generations. Ukrainians can also share their experiences with foreign counterparts, which will be facilitated by Ukraine's participation in the UN Global Pilot Programme. Such a synergy of efforts will be an impetus for economic growth after COVID-19 pandemic, and will also contribute to the implementation of the green transformation policy,”

The European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are Ukraine’s partners in the UN Global Pilot Programme, and the experience in cooperation gained between the Eastern European country and the European Commission's Joint Research Center for the implementation of smart specializations in the regions is of significant and strategic relevance for the project.

Background

According to the Agenda and Action Programme for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in Addis Ababa in 2015, science, technology and innovation (STI) are among the key tools for achieving SDGs. To put this approach into practice, the UN has established the Technology Assistance Mechanism and the UN Interagency Task Force on STI for SDGs at the global level, which in 2018 launched the Global STI Pilot Programme for SDGs Roadmaps. Key UN agencies and institutions, including the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNCTAD and the European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), are participating in the project and sharing their STI methodologies for SDGs.

Source: Ukraine Government Portal