The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) was created in 2016 as a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which was mandated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The TFM is considered part of the means of implementation for the SDGs. It is to be convened once per year by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. Also according to the mandate in the 2030 Agenda, the meetings of the STI Forum are to be co-chaired by two Member States, and result in a co-chairs' summary of discussions. For the 2017 STI Forum, the topic will be 'Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World – Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14', in the context of the theme for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will have the theme, 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world' and will focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 in addition to SDG 17 that will be considered at each HLPF. The co-chairs of the second Forum are Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya and Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State of the US. The co-chairs work with the UN Inter-agency Task Team and the 10-Member Group to prepare for the Forum. The concept note, programme, side event and registration note for the 2017 STI Forum are available.
dates: 15-16 May 2017
location: New York City, US
contact: UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT)