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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Session 7: Delivering in Decade of Action for achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs: Next steps for the TFM and its partners

Wed 05 May 2021, 4.50 pm
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Interprefy) (UN webcast

This session will begin by presenting a number of initiatives from across the world that support the science-based, solution-oriented, multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) including discussions on broadening their impacts and closer connection to the TFM. The session will also include the TFM’s online platform 2030 Connect, which connects technology seekers with providers of technologies and other resources and aims to function as a hub for connecting different (open source) databases. It will conclude with a presentation of the way forward for the TFM.

Co-chair: H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations


  • Mr. José Ramón López-Portillo Romano, Chairman, Q Element Ltd. (TFM 10-Member Group)


  • HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan
  • Mr. Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  • Mr. Joshua M. Pearce, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University (tbc)
  • Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders) 

  • H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Kimura, Ambassador, Japan
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Development Division, UNECA
  • Ms. Karol Alejandra Arambula Carrillo, MY World Mexico [Statement]
  • Mr. Shantanu Mukherjee, Chief, IPAB, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA
  • Mr. Tom Wakeford, ETC Group [Statement]
  • Mr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, and Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation, UNIDO

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