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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The JRC SDGs Team contributes to shape STI for SDGs global events

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.


Smart Specialisation Strategies for Sustainability in Latin America, a place-based innovation approach for development in transition
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.
UN75th GA Side Event on STI for SDGs Roadmaps (Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for SDGs) – achievements and new opportunities
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.