Sustainable Development Goals

Localised Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for transformation and development.

Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognises science, technology and innovation as a means to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Starting in November 2018, Joint Research Centre of European Commission has been working to share and develop the European experience on Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) as one of the global methodologies for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Roadmaps for the achievement of SDGs. At the same time, there has been a growing focus on SDGs in EU Member States and EU Neighbourhood. That is why the work stream on Smart Specialisation and SDGs has been divided in two synergetic parts:

  1. Cooperation with UN DESA and UN Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on the development of the global Guidebook on STI Roadmaps for SDGs and Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs.

    The cooperation so far has included an officially recognized JRC contribution to the UN Guidebook on STI Roadmaps for SDGs and inclusion of JRC in the core IATT (Inter-Agency Task Team) group working on the Global Pilot Programme for STI Roadmaps for SDGs, where JRC is the lead organisation working with Serbia, one of 5 pilot countries.  JRC also had an active, high-level participation in the UN STI Forum in New York (2019) and is working with UN-DESA on a special event on STI Roadmaps for SDGs during the UN STI Forum 2020.

  2. Strengthening the connection between S3 and SDGs in EU Member States and Neighbourhood Regions

    In this area, JRC is developing a new methodological approach for Sustainable Smart Specialisation Strategies, piloted in Serbia, but targeted for EU MS. So far, good practice examples at urban, regional and national level have been collected. They will be presented at a workshop summarizing the achievements so far, with concrete implementation examples (back to back with the meeting of UN Global Pilot Programme) on 5 March 2020 in Brussels.

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E-Talks Webinar Series - Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals

Since the Joint Research Centre (JRC) started reflecting on the contribution of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) back in 2018, a consolidated reflection and methodologies such as S3 for SDGs or S4 (Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability)...

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Brainstorming for Synergy - Workshop on S3 for SDGs Methodology

A brainstorming workshop for the pilot countries and regions interested to develop Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roadmaps based on S3 methodology was held on 21 July 2021. Representatives from the pilot countries, namely Czech Republic, Serbia and...

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Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals - E-talks webinar series
Sustainable development is a core principle of the Treaty on European Union and a priority objective for the Union's internal and external policies. Joint Research Centre started reflecting on the contribution of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) already...

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Progress Report of the Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps

The 2030 Agenda, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, positioned Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as key means to implement the SDGs, and launched the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum for Science,...

UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY TASK TEAM Science Technology And Innovation For Sdgs; EUROPEAN COMMISSION Joint Research Centre
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Overview of the existing STI for SDGs roadmapping methodologies - Background paper

This background paper serves as an Annex to the United Nation’s Guidebook for the Preparation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps. Its purpose is to provide an overview of the existing methodologies and approaches that can be used to develop the Roadmaps. While the first...

MATUSIAK Monika; CIAMPI STANCOVA Katerina; DOSSO Mafini; DANIELS Chux; MIEDZIŃSKI Michał
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Guidebook for the preparation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps

This Guidebook is intended for interested national and local governments, agencies and institutions that wish to use roadmaps as a policy tool to harness STI as a means to achieve the SDGs. It may also be of interest to stakeholders taking part in the dialogue – an essential stage in design,...

UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY TASK TEAM Science Technology And Innovation For Sdgs; EUROPEAN COMMISSION Joint Research Centre