International Consultation Addresses STI for Health-related SDGs
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The 'International Consultation on STI in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Health-Related Goals' launched the platforms Ágora 2030 and We App Heroes, aiming to encourage networking and action on the SDGs.

The consultation is expected to result in recommendations on harnessing STI for the implementation of health-related SDGs, and contribute to the work of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

8 November 2017: During a meeting on science, technology and innovation (STI) and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, participants considered the contribution of STI to the health-related SDGs. The meeting also launched two platforms to engage more actors in the SDGs.

Titled ‘International Consultation on STI in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Health-Related Goals,’ the meeting took place from 6-8 November 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among other topics, participants considered: experiences on online platforms for technology facilitation; priorities and opportunities for health-related STI regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its health-related SDGs; and next steps for an integrated response on the 2030 Agenda’s health-related goals.

The first STI platform launched at the meeting is the Ágora 2030, developed by the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), to promote interaction between different actors around health-related topics and innovations for SDGs. It comprises a database that allows users to increase knowledge management capacity, gathers news, information on events and invitations to initiatives. The second platform, We App Heroes, developed by the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and Sunscious, is a mobile application that aims to inspire people to act locally on the 17 SDGs by engaging with other users, and allows users to propose activities or request support.

The international consultation was co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), FIOCRUZ and the RIO+ Centre. It is expected to result in a report containing a set of recommendations on ways to harness STI for the implementation of health-related SDGs to contribute to the work of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). It should serve as an input to the third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology (STI Forum) and to the 2018 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The third STI Forum will take place from 5-6 June 2018, and the HLPF 2018 is scheduled for 9-18 July 2018. [Event Programme] [UNDP’s RIO+ Centre News] [Event Webpage] [We App Heroes] [Ágora 2030]

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