Sustainable development is a core principle of the Treaty on European Union and a priority objective for the Union's internal and external policies. The EU has committed to the global Agenda 2030 with its Sustainable Development Goals, which form a part of European Commission’s political priorities and are being integrated into all proposals, policies and strategies, with an ambition to achieve tangible progress.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established the TFM to support the application of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this context, the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) started collaborating with the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (UN IATT) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs
, as part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM)
and is currently member of the working group on STI for SDGs Roadmaps
and of the working group on Capacity building on STI for SDGs
In the framework of the STI for SDGs Roadmaps working group, the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps was launched in 2019 with an initial group of five pilot countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya and Serbia), to test and adjust the newly developed "Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps". In February 2021, Ukraine also joined the programme. JRC is leading the pilot activities based on Smart Specialisation methodology both in Serbia
and Ukraine. In parallel, JRC is supporting the development of the STI for SDGs roadmap in the Czech Republic.
In the context of the elaboration of the Guidebook and the Global Pilot Programme, JRC has been collaborating with different UN Agencies such as UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the World Bank, together with other international partners such as the Government of Japan and the OECD.
In 2021, the work of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs roadmaps, including the Global Pilot Programme and the Partnership in Action, has been acknowledged and praised in two United Nations General Assembly Resolution n. 76/213
, highlighting the importance of expanding and fostering collaborations, as well as continuing to disseminate the advances and best practices in STI for SDGs.