Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for achieving sustainable development
This high-level side event, taking place during the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, will be convened by the informal Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism. It will focus on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its initiatives including capacity-building efforts on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals. It will provide an opportunity for a dialogue with Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector, on a coordinated way forward to support implementation of the STI-related decisions contained in the Addis Ababa Accord.
It will count with the participation of Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, and Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences.
Technology facilitation, science and capacity building are major pillars of the Means of Implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda and of the Rio+20 follow-up processes. In order to eradicate poverty and reorient current unsustainable development trajectories over the period 2015 to 2030, affordable technological solutions have to be developed and disseminated widely in the next fifteen years.
In his Synthesis Report entitled “The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet”, the UN Secretary-General highlights that “a sustainable future will require that we act now … to invest in innovation and in the development of clean and sound technologies for sustainable development.” In the report, the Secretary-General proposes to establish an online, global platform, building on and complementing existing initiatives, to map existing technology facilitation initiatives, needs and gaps, enhance international cooperation and coordination in this field, and promote networking, information sharing, knowledge transfer and technical assistance, in order to advance the scaling up of clean technology initiatives.
The IAWG currently comprising UN-DESA, UNEP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, ITU, WIPO, World Bank and UNESCO was formed to follow up on the UN Secretary-General’s proposal.