United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Session 3: Effective paths towards the SDGs: STI for transforming economies toward equity, sustainability and climate action

Tue 04 May 2021, 4.00 pm
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Interprefy) (UN webcast

This is the second session of two dedicated to the SDGs in-focus at the HLPF 2021. This session would look specifically at STI to advance SDGs 8, 10, 12 and 13, including through their interlinkages with the rest of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Discussions could include breakthroughs and new approaches to accelerate SDG progress through innovations, focused priorities for STI development and successful experiences from the pandemic that can be scaled up to have impact across multiple goals and targets as well as ways to improve the science-policy-society interface; increasing scientific collaboration globally for tackling major challenges.



  • Ms. Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Senior Advisor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (TFM 10-Member Group)


  • Ms. Joyeeta Gupta, Professor, University of Amsterdam; Scientific Advisor of “Making Peace with Nature” report
  • Mr. William H. Lee, Coordinator of Scientific Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Ms. Natsai Audrey Chieza, Founder and CEO, Faber Futures

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders) 

  • Mr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr, Undersecretary, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines
  • Mr. Omar Castaneda, Deputy Permanent Representative, Guatemala (on behalf of middle-income countries)
  • Ms. Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Program Director, Finland
  • Ms. Sabrina Alam, SES Satellites [Statement]
  • Mr. Boris Meshchanov, Counsellor, Russian Federation
  • Mr. Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  • Mr. Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, UNOPS
  • Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA
  • Mr. Ralph Heinrich, Secretary, Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships 

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