United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Session 6: Supporting national capacities through the TFM

Wed 05 May 2021, 4.00 pm
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Interprefy) (UN webcast

This session will present how the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) can support national capacities, including through United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT)'s joint work in supporting the development and roll-out of STI policy frameworks, STI action plans and the STI roadmaps (IATT work stream 9); gender and STI efforts (IATT work stream 8); and capacity-building for STI ministries (IATT work stream 6). During this session the panelists will present national and regional initiatives related to design and review of STI for SDG roadmaps and related policy actions, including regarding gender and STI. The session will also discuss potential support to strengthen international partnerships in the area of STI capacity-building for SDGs achievement.


  • H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations


  • Mr. Michiharu Nakamura, Senior Advisor (Former President), Japan Science and Technology Agency (TFM 10-Member Group)


  • Ms. Yuliia Bezvershenko, Director General, Directorate on Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science, Ukraine [Statement]
  • Ms. Samia Charfi Kaddour, Director-General Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia [Statement]
  • Ms. Cynthia Asare Bediako, Chief Director, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana [Statement]

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders) 

  • Mr. Fuxiang He, Counselor, China
  • Ms. Peggy Oti-boateng, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building of the Natural Science Sector, UNESCO
  • H.E. Mr. Luis Lam, Permanent Representative, Guatemala [Statement]
  • Mr. Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Kimura, Ambassador, Japan
  • Mr. Angel Gonzalez Sanz, Head, STI Policy Branch, UNCTAD

Other inputs (no intervention):

  • Business and Industry Major Group [Statement]

Webcast Video: