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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Session 7: Messages for the SDG Summit and the Futures Summit – taking stock of STI for SDGs and closing remarks

Thu 04 May 2023, 4.30 pm
Trusteeship Council Chamber


6 7 9 11 17


This concluding session will be led by the co-chairs of the Forum and of the 10-Member-Group. It will bring together the messages of the 2023 STI Forum towards the SDG Summit in September 2023 and the Summit of the Future in 2024. It will seek to distil the key issues that have permeated throughout the Forum’s discussions and to present actionable recommendations for upcoming events. The session will also be an opportunity to take stock of what the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) has achieved at the mid-term point towards the SDGs. The session will start with a brief progress report by the Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT) in which 48 UN entities coordinate their work on STI since 2015. TFM partners will also present a number of initiatives from across the world that support the science-based, solution-oriented, multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach of the TFM, including discussions on broadening their impacts and closer connection to the TFM. The session will conclude with next steps and identification of priorities for upcoming work.

Chaired by H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations

  • Presentation on IATT progress
    • Mr. Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
    • Ms. Shamika Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Presentation on key messages and looking ahead
    • H.E. Mr. Thomas Woodroffe, United Kingdom Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council
    • Ms. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director, CAPRISA, South Africa; Professor, Columbia University’ Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of KwaZulu-Natal; UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV
    • Ms.Cherry Murray,Professor of Physics and Deputy Director for Research,Biosphere2, University of Arizona, USA
  • Remarks on the ongoing process of the UN Global Digital Compact on behalf of the co-facilitators H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden and H.E. Mr. Claver Gatete, Permanent Representative of Rwanda, to be delivered by the Permanent Representative of Sweden.
  • Lead discussants:
    • Mr. Dirk Fransaer, Chair, Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community (G-STIC)
    • Ms. Xiaolan Fu, Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development, former member of the 10 Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism
    • Mr. Paulo Gadelha, Coordinator, Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda,
      and former President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil
  • Interactive discussion and statements from the floor
    • Representative of UN Major Group on Science and Technology
    • Ms. Clara Brown, Representative of Major Group for Children and Youth


  • H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of the Economic and Social Council



Session 7 Note has been updated. Access it here.

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