United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Special event: STI and harnessing global opportunities for transformations in 2021

Tue 04 May 2021, 5.15 pm
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Webex) (UN webcast

The year 2021 is set to be a landmark year with major global events, such as the Food Systems Summit, the High-level Dialogue on Energy, the second global Sustainable Transport Conference, the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This roundtable will examine the most impactful STI applications- as well as the most significant unsolved problems- in these areas, with the potential to simultaneously influence multiple SDG targets. Several of these correspond closely to the ‘entry’ points advanced in the scientific assessment of the Global Sustainable Development Report, 2019.

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


  • Mr. Manish Bapna, President and CEO (interim), World Resources Institute


  • Ms. Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Ms. Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research, USA
  • Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, European Commission; former Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
  • Mr. Amrit Chandan, Founder of Aceleron, UK

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders) 

  • Mr. Mark Barone, Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil (Forum DCNTs) [Statement]
  • Ms. Reine Essobmadje, Evolving Consulting and Inter-patronal Grouping of Cameroon (GICAM), Business and Industry Major Group [Statement]

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