HLPF 2022 Side event: UN-Interagency Task Team (IATT)’s perspectives on Capacity-Building in Science, Technology and Innovation for Achieving the SDGs

  • 06 Jul 2022
  • Virtual Meeting on MS Teams

The proposed side event will discuss major policy-making gaps around STI policy for the SDGs and will illustrate the importance of partnerships and collaborations to strengthen capacities and overcome such gaps. The event will also update participants on recent and forthcoming work of the IATT WS6, including technical materials developed by the work stream, such as a recently published brochure on Science, Technology and Innovation for Achieving the SDGs: Guidelines for Policy Formulation. The meeting will also be an occasion to seek new partnerships and to hear the views of development partners and government officials on their expectations and recommendations for the future work of IATT WS6.

As the Joint Research Centre (JRC) continues to contribute with UN Interagency Task Team Workstream 6 (IATT WS6), two members of the JRC’s Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals team will be speaking during the event: Monika Matusiak, Team Leader, Global Outreach and Angela Sarcina, Economic and Policy Analyst.

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 EDT / 13:30 – 15:00 CEST

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6 July, 2022

  1. 13:30-13:35
    Welcome and opening remarks
  2. 13:35-14:00
    Global landscape of capacity building, needs and gaps in STI policy-making for the SDGs

    • Representatives from SADC, ACP, GIZ, UCL
    • Interactive discussion

  3. 14:00-14:30
    Recent and forthcoming work of the UN-IATT WS6

    • IATT Members (Overview of trainings, materials, achievements and lessons learnt)
    • Interactive discussion

  4. 14:30-14:55
    Partnerships in STI policy capacity building initiatives

    • Representatives from UNU-Merit (the Netherlands), CISTRAT (China), SPRU (UK), STEPRI (Ghana)
    • Interactive discussion

  5. 14:55-15:00
    Closing remarks

Practical Information

06 Jul 2022

Virtual Meeting on MS Teams

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda1 highlight the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies and actions for achieving the SDGs and launched the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) to support the implementation of these activities. The UN Interagency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT) is one of the several mechanisms to operationalize TFM.

Created in 2017, the IATT's Work Stream 6 (IATT WS6) on Capacity-Building in STI for SDGs has a mandate to build policy capacities in STI for the SDGs, particularly in developing countries. The goal is to strengthen capacities of policy-makers, public service experts and key STI stakeholders by helping them to keep abreast of most current approaches to STI policy design, and to enhance their ability to mobilize STI as part of strategies to achieve the SDGs.

Over four years, the IATT team designed and delivered training workshops and webinars covering all aspects of the STI policy cycle. More than 500 STI policymakers and stakeholders from more than 90 countries attended these sessions, and more will be organized in the second half of 2022.