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High-level Dialogue on the Partnership in Action on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps

Fri 09 Jul 2021, 7.30 am
Ghana, Japan, UN-DESA, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, UNESCO, and UNECA

Background

 

9 July, 2021, 7:30am-9:00am EST  

Virtual Meeting

Supported by Ghana

Co-organized with

Japan, UN-DESA, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, UNESCO, UNECA,

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development elevated Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as key means that can facilitate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, the Annual Multi-stakeholder Forums for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum), supported by the Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT) advocated for rightful role of STI in achieving the SDGs.  During the first three STI Forums, STI Roadmaps were proposed as suitable instruments that can be used by countries to integrate STI imperatives in SDGs implementation and countries were encouraged to develop them.

STI for SDGs Roadmaps are useful in strengthening countries’ ownership, elevating the policy debate on STI for SDGs, and effectively mobilize national efforts. The roadmaps also offer opportunities for partnerships with global actors to harness STI for the achievement of the SDGs.  As a forward-looking policy framework, Roadmaps provide guidance on effective actions that utilize STI to achieve the SDGs at national, regional and local level. For this purpose, in 2019 IATT launched the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps with an initial group of five pilot countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya and Serbia). The programme aims at supporting pilot countries in developing their STI for SDGs roadmaps based on a newly developed "Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps". In February 2021, Ukraine also joined the programme bringing the number of pilot countries to six. The Guidebook is accompanied by two background papers: on available STI roadmapping methodologies and international partnerships. The Guidebook has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, RussianSpanish, Portuguese, and Japanese

Following the successful experience of the Global Pilot Programme, in November 2020 at the margins of the 75th General Assembly, a proposal of “Partnership in Action” was launched to scale up the Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps.

In this context, the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, in collaboration with Japan, UN-DESA, EC/JRC, UNESCO and UNECA, organizes a High level dialogue on the Partnership in Action on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps at the margins of the High-Level Political Forum 2021 (HLPF 2021).

This event is built on the work of the UN Inter-Agency Task Team sub-working group on STI for SDGs Roadmaps co-led by UN-DESA, UNESCO, EC/JRC, the World Bank, and UNCTAD.

This event is supported by Ghana and is co-organized with Japan, UN-DESA, EC/JRC, UNESCO and ECA. For more details, please see here.

To join, register hereParticipants will receive the link to the online event the day before. 

Webcast Video:

Announcements

WORK PROGRAMME of the Event

 

  • Welcome and opening remarks

 

Moderator

Prof. Elmer William Jr Colglazier, Senior Scholar, Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science, former co-chair of the 10 Member Group to support the TFM

 

7:30-7:40am EST (10 minutes)

H.E. Mr. Harold Agyeman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations

H. E. Mr. Mohammad Koba, Ambassador, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2021 STI Forum

H.E. Ms. Marina Ivanovic, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Republic of Serbia to UN

 

  • Keynote speech:  

 

7:40-7:50am EST (10 minutes)

Pathways for digital and green transition in view of structural transformation and technological upgrading: the role of innovation in long-term sustainable growth

Prof. Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, SSEES, University College London

Dr Randolph Bruno, Associate Professor in Economics, SSEES, University College London

 

  • Information session – main achievements on STI for SDGs Roadmaps from perspectives of key partners

7:50-8:15 am EST (25 minutes)

Moderator:

Ms. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA; Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, Pro-Vice Chancellor for African Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, co-chair of the 10-Member Group to support the TFM

Panelists (key achievements - 3 minutes max each):

Dr. Wei Liu, Coordinator, UN Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN DESA

Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity- Building, UNESCO

Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management, UNECA

Mr Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Urban and Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Discussants (key messages in 1-2 minutes):

Mr. Kareem Hassan, Executive Director of ESCWA Technology Centre, ESCWA

Mr. Jonathan Wong, Chief of Technology and Innovation, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP

Mr. Selvaraju Ramasamy, Head, Research and Extension Unit, Office of Innovation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Ms. Yu Ping Chan, Senior Programme Management Officer, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology

Mr. Naoto Kanehira, Senior Strategy and Operations Officer, Office of the Vice President, Human Resources, World Bank Group

Mr Fernando Santiago Rodriguez, Industrial Policy Officer, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, UNIDO

Q&A session with the public (through chat box of virtual conference room)

 

  • Partnership in Action on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps - comments from perspectives of key partners

8:15-8:47 am EST (32minutes)

Moderator:

Mr. José Ramón López-Portillo Romano, Chairman, Q Element Ltd., the Secretary General member of the 10-Member Group for the TFM, Mexico

Panelists (key achievements - 3 minutes max each):

Ms. Maki Kawai, Director General of Institute for Molecular Science, National Institute of Natural Sciences, Japan; the Secretary General member of the 10-Member Group for the TFM 

Ms. Yuliia Bezvershenko,  Director General of the Directorate on Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Mr. Desta Abera Shanko, Director, Policy, Strategy and  Future Planning Directorate in Ministry Innovation and Technology, Ethiopia

Dr Viktor Nedović, Director of Serbia Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Project – SAIGE, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia

Dr Wilhemina Quaye, Director, CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana

Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General at RIS · Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India

Prof. Tom Peter Migun Ogada, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya

Discussants (1-2 minutes)

Mr Hambani Masheleni, Head of STI Division, African Union

Prof. Samia Charfi Kaddour, General Director of Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia

Ms Gloria Marmolejo, Vice-president for R&D&I, Agri-food Councils of Mexico; State Council for Science and Technology, Colima State, Mexico

Dr  Dumisani Mthembu, Senior Specialist, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa

Q&A session with the public (through chat box of virtual conference room)

 

  • Closing remarks

8:47-9:00am EST (12 minutes)

H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2021 STI Forum

H.E. Mr Kimihiro ISHIKANE, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Ambassador, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

Mrs. Cynthia Asare-Bediako, Chief Director, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana