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:
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.
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.
The session addressed to the countries and organizations interested in applying Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place on Monday, 3 May at the margins of UN STI Forum 2021.
The JRC SDGs Team has contributed to a number of events on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Those debates are supporting the global community in setting the scene and defining priorities on the topic.
The main objectives of this event are three fold: - To present the potential of Smart Specialisation to foster localised, innovation-driven sustainable territorial development, as an important milestone in the new Innovation pillar of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area (CRA). - To officially launch the project S4LatinAmerica as a joint action of two services of the European Commission: DG DEVCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The event will allow to share detail of activities and expected outcomes, notably those addressing: (i) mapping of innovation potential, (ii) Entrepreneurial Discovery Processes, (iii) identification of pilot projects and (iv) role of sustainable dimension in place-based innovation approaches. - review progress of the Smart Specialisation uptake in Latin America through results achieved by previous projects. Implicitly, the event will contribute to situate the S4LatinAmerica project as strategic action within the “Development in Transition” initiative led by the European Commission in collaboration with strategic partners such as OECD, CEPAL, SEGIB, etc.
This online event is organized during the UN 75th General Assembly. It will focus on the lessons learnt from the UN IATT work stream on STI for SDGs Roadmaps and the Global Pilot Programme for STI for SDGs and will present the proposed new activities, including the ideas for the expansion of the Global Pilot Programme within the new initiative “Partnership in Action”. The Guidebook for the Preparation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps will be launched at the event.
The objective of the webinar is to discuss how to design and implement smart specialisation strategies to achieve sustainable transformation and meet the objectives of the 2030 UN Agenda at national, regional and local levels.
"The Innovations for Sustainability: Pathways to an efficient and sufficient post-pandemic future" report, assesses all the positive potential benefits innovation brings to sustainable development for all, while also highlighting the potential negative impacts and challenges going forward.
This is the summary of the workshop "STI Roadmaps for SDGs: Smart Specialisation for Territorial and Industrial Development in Rwanda " held in Kigali on January 9-10 2020. The workshop is part of the JRC Exploratory Activity " Smart Specialisation in innovative and informal African economies"