High-Level side event to UN STI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps

  • 03 May 2021
  • Virtual meeting - Teams

This side event to the UN STI Forum, co-organised by UN-DESAEC/JRCUNESCOFAO and UNIDO, took place on 3 May, at 08.00 am EDT/14.00 CEST.

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3 May

  1. 25 minutes
    Welcome and opening remarks

    Moderator: Wei Liu, Technology Facilitation Mechanism Coordinator, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), United Nations Headquarters

    Welcome and opening remarks

    H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2021 STI Forum

    H. E. Mr. Mohammad Koba, Ambassador, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2021 STI Forum

    Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, DESA and Officer-in-Charge, UN Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Technology

    Mr. Stephen Quest, Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    Ms. Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, FAO

  2. 25 minutes
    Keynote: Global Pilot Programme: Key achievements, lessons learnt and roadmap implementation

    Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, UN Secretary’s General 10-Member Group to Support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism – Launch of the Progress Report and Policy Briefs series (10 minutes)

    Moderator: Ana Persic, Chief a.i. of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships, UNESCO

    2 minute interventions from Global Pilot Countries

    •    H.E Dr. Fozia Amin, State Minister for Innovation and Technology development and administration of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia (state of play and next steps)
    •    Ms. Yulia Bezvershenko,  Director General of the Directorate on Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (roadmap to the roadmap)
    •    Dr. Viktor Nedović, Director of Serbia Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Project – SAIGE, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia (announcement of Roadmap adoption and focus on implementation actions)
    •    Dr. Wilhemina Quaye, Director, CSIR- Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana (announcement of Roadmap adoption and focus on implementation actions)
    •    Prof. Tom Peter Migun Ogada,  Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya (state of play and next steps)

    IATT and representative(s) from non-pilot countries who are interested in contributing  (5 minutes)

  3. 30 minutes
    Partnership in Action - a possible way forward : representatives of the group of friends

    Partnership in Action - a possible way forward : representatives of 
    the group of friends 

    This session would bring together potential Champion countries and other stakeholders to identify key activities to scale up the global Pilot Programme in the framework of the Partnership in Action, and toward launching of a High-level Informal International Advocacy Group.

    Moderator: Monika Matusiak, Head of Sector, Smart Specialisation – Global Outreach, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    3 minute interventions from the friends and partners:

    •    H.E. Mr Silvio Gonzato, Ambassador, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
    •    Mr. Tetsuya  Kimura,  Ambassador for Economic, Social and United Nations Management Affairs, Japan
    •    H.E. Mrs. Carolyn Oppong-Ntiri, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations
    •    Mr. Kareem Hassan, Executive Director of ESCWA Technology Centre, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
    •    Mr. Victor Konde, Scientific Affairs Officer and Officer-in-Charge, Green Economy, Innovation and Technology Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    •    Ms. Marta Pérez Cusó, Economic Affairs Officer, Technology and Innovation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Q&A session with the public 

  4. 10 minutes
    Closing remarks

    Ms. Peggy Oti-Boateng, UNESCO, Director of Science Policy and Capacity-Building

    Mr. Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, UNIDO, Managing Director, Deputy to Director-General and Director a.i. Dept of Policy, Research and Statistics 

Practical Information

03 May 2021

Virtual meeting - Teams

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​​​​​​​The side event aims at raising awareness on the results achieved as part of the Global Pilot Programme on STI for the SDGs Roadmaps and by the pilot countries.

The results will feed the discussion on the next steps for the scaling up of the Global Pilot Programme to reach out to more countries and stakeholders. The event will call for organisations, countries, the private sector and donors to actively engage in the expansion of the Global Pilot Programme as well as in the promotion of the “Partnership in Action” initiative.

The Partnership in Action will serve as a platform to strengthen the development and implementation of STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) roadmaps to address the challenge of the economic and social recovery post COVID-19 and the application of greener development models.

This event builds on the work of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team sub-working group on STI for SDGs Roadmaps. The Group is co-led by UN-DESA, the World Bank, UNESCO, EC/JRC, and UNCTAD. Its members also include UNIDO, UN-ESCAP, ESCWA, UNDP, and FAO, among others. Substantial support has been provided by international stakeholders, including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Government of Japan.