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UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM)

Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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Paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced the launch of a "Technology Facilitation Mechanism" (TFM) in order to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its goal is to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders. 

All components of the TFM are operational:

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  • IATT: A United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • 10-Member group: Group of High-level Representatives of Scientific Community, Private Sector and Civil Society appointed by the Secretary-General
  • STI Forum: Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • 2030 Connect: An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs 

Since its launch, the fully multi-stakeholder TFM has engaged thousands of scientific and technological stakeholders, many of which have not previously been actively engaged with the UN. Participation in TFM activities has continuously increased and widened. Through the summary of its STI Forum, the TFM provides formal mandated input in support of the HLPF’s SDG review and its mandated science-policy function. The Integrated Policy Analysis Branch DESA/DSDG has served as Secretariat for the IATT and the 10-Member Group and all components of the TFM since their inception.

The figure below summarizes the key mechanisms on science, technology and innovation and maps the main channels for engaging multi-stakeholders in the UN process:

Source: DESA/DSDG adopted from InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Report on Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking with a Focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2019, accessed January 15th 2020:
Source: DESA/DSDG adopted from InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Report on Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking with a Focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2019, accessed January 15th 2020:



Call for inputs (science-policy briefs) to the STI Forum 2023. Click here for more details (PDF file).

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Regular updates by IATT members on their most important events, publications, and capacity building efforts on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs

IATT members are expected to use this form for the purpose of updating IATT colleagues on their most important STI-related activities. It might also help finding potential collaboration partners and co-funding for joint work.

Submit updates here.

A Partnership in Action on STI for SDGs Roadmaps is proposed to be established to demonstrate the global leadership in advocacy and action required to create the political momentum, adopt and further refine the joint guidebook, drive practical solutions, and mobilize public support and multi-stakeholder engagements on STI for SDGs roadmaps. Focus will be on translating the political ambitions into needed policy and practice change, and addressing the immediate global challenges such as COVID-19.

For more details of the draft Partnership in Action, see here.


Work overview and updates on STI for SDGs Roadmaps

For the latest overview and updates, see here.

Showcasing National STI4SDGs Roadmaps

GhanaSerbia, Kenya

The Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) launched the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps in July 2019. The first phase of the Programme included an initial group of five pilot countries. Under this phase, roadmaps are piloted in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Serbia. Most recently, in February 2021, Ukraine also joined the Programme bringing the number of pilot countries to six. In addition, both the European Union and Japan joined the Global Pilot Programme to strengthen international partnerships on STI for SDGs roadmaps. These pilots are implemented following the guidance of the "Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps".

The outcomes of these pilots will be used to generate lessons that will improve the guidelines. The results of the first pilot phase will be presented at the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, New York, 2021.

The programme will provide inputs to the Guidebook and the development of roadmaps in a number of countries. The Guidebook has been developed by STI experts and representatives from UN IATT and other key strategic partners.

To date, more than 20 countries have expressed interest in joining the programme. They will be accepted into the programme as resources to support their participation become available.

Science, technology and innovation are critical elements needed by all countries to achieve the SDGs. STI roadmaps for SDGs are policy and planning tools leading to actions that can accelerate the attainment of the SDGs. They are integrated into national plans and are highly adaptable to different country contexts. The demand to further promote the deployment of STI for SDGs roadmaps was triggered by the need to accelerate efforts to close the digital divide and support the digital inclusion of disadvantaged groups especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Partnership in Action will serve as a platform to strengthen the development and implementation of STI4SDGs roadmaps through the Global Pilot Programme. 

The initiative to develop STI for SDGs roadmaps is being carried out by UN-IATT members including UN-DESA, World Bank, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, FAO, UN-ESCAP, ESCWA, WIPO and UNSG Office of the Envoy on Technology, among others. Substantial support has been provided by international stakeholders, including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference Series, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Government of Japan, and COVIDEA. The African Union Commission has expressed support for the implementation of roadmaps in African countries.

For more information on the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps, please contact Mr. Wei Liu, UN-DESA (liuw[at]


Online Information Repository for the STI Roadmaps Work

Note: each STI roadmap listed in the document will be categorized into the specific sustainable goals it is targeting on.


I. About the Information Repository for STI Roadmaps for SDGs:

As one of the key deliverables of the Roadmap workstream of UN Inter-agency Task Team, an online information repository platform below is created by compiling and making available a selection of STI or STI related roadmaps from organizations and agencies both within the UN system and beyond. The purpose of such a platform is to foster an efficient and effective access to and exchange of information among stakeholders on recent work that is supportive of the development of STI roadmaps for SDGs. With this aim, this platform will become an online resourceful portal on the state of STI policy setting frameworks and will contribute to enhancing the capacity of member states in integrating STI in development processes.


II. Guidebook for the Preparation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps

Guidebook on Development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs

The primary focus of this work is to support the countries and exchange views on a common guidance, principles and possible frameworks/ methodologies for country and international level STI roadmaps for the SDGs. To these ends, the team led by DESA and the World Bank, supports a collective effort by a group of champion countries and through a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach among the UN Inter-agency Task Team, non-UN partners and stakeholders.

Following over two years’ preparation and consultations, the final version of the Guidebook on Development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs is available. The Guidebook has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, RussianSpanish, Portuguese, and Japanese

To further facilitate the implementation of the Guidebook, DESA prepared the Operational Note based on the Guidebook on the STI roadmaps.

Our near-term goal is to translate the Guidebook into six official languages of the UN and other languages, reflecting comments and feedback received as well as incorporating lessons from experiences of pilot countries, subject to the availability of resources.

The Guidebook and the Operational Note will be living documents, periodically updated to reflect country pilot experiences and inputs from key stakeholders, as more countries embark on designing and implementing STI for SDGs roadmaps over the next years. We welcome your contributions, engagement and feedback throughout the process.


III. Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for SDGs:

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and innovation for the SDGs (IATT) together with key TFM partners launched a Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs. Based on the involvement in the consultative process on the initiative, IATT and the TFM partners would like to seek your interest to participate as pilot countries in this Programme. The confirmed pilot countries will be invited to the next key events on the STI Roadmaps where the countries would present the 1st phase of the Global Pilot Programme. For more information about the programme, please see:

Since the implementation of the Global Pilot Programme, IATT and the TFM partners have developed two background papers, one on International Cooperation and another on methodologies, which, serve as key inputs to the Guidebook, inform IATT’s continuous dialogues with national authorities leading roadmap pilots, and prepared grounds for solidifying respective pilot design as well as peer learning.

IATT and the TFM partners have also prepared the Progress Report of the Global Pilot Programme which took stock of the state of country pilots, to draw out lessons and implications from the current implementation and to suggest ideas for the way forward. The Background Papers and the Progress Report are available below:

IATT Policy Briefs on STI4SDGs Roadmaps:

Policy Brief #1 Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs Roadmaps – Framework and Working Method

Policy Brief #2 Assessment of STI capabilities to meet prioritized SDGs

Policy Brief #3 Assessment of Human Capital Needs for STI R&D and Other STI Skills

Policy Brief #4 Harnessing Ghana youth innovation potential for the SDGs

Policy Brief #5 Financial Flows to Promote Technology Transfers and Gender Inclusiveness for SIDS

Policy Brief #6 Localised Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps in Ukraine

Policy Brief #7 Enhancing the sustainable development component in the Action Plan of the STI for SDGs Roadmap in Serbia

IV. Reference List for the STI Roadmaps:

A. References from UN Agencies:
1. DESA and the World Bank
4. UNDG:
5. UN Women:
6. World Bank/UN-DESA:
7. UNDP:
10. UNEP:
12. UN Water
13. ITU:
14. CELAC and FAO:
15. WIPO:
16. WHO:
17. World Bank:
18. IMF:

III. References from Non-UN Agencies: a. Other Intergovernmental Organizations:

19. International Energy Agency:
20. OECD:
21. African Union:
22. European Union:

b. Other non-UN entities

23. University of Cambridge:
24. WBCSD:
25. International Science Council,
26. IREA:
27. ICEF:
28. IIASA:
29. JST:
30. International Development Research Centre
31. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
32. World Federation of Engineering Organizations



In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) called for identifying options for a technology facilitation mechanism , in its outcome document A/RES/66/288 - The Future We Want.

Member States continued discussions on the way forward, in particular in the form of eight “workshops” and “structured dialogues” convened by the President of the General Assembly in 2013 and 2014. In line with Resolution A/RES/68/310 and Resolution A/RES/69/214 para 12 , the Secretary-General proposed in paragraph 125 of his Synthesis Report to take into account the recommendations emerging from the structured dialogues, specifically to “establish an online, global platform building on and complementing existing initiatives, and with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.” In order to support the Secretary General’s proposal, the Interagency Working Group on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism (IAWG) was initiated by the DESA and UNEP at the end of 2014. The group is open for participation by all ECESA Plus entities. At present it comprises DESA, UNEP, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, ITU, WIPO, and the World Bank Group.

The group’s work is structured around four work streams where it identified opportunities to collectively achieve greater impact within the scope of existing mandates:

  1. the mapping of existing the technology facilitation initiatives including support for policy formulation and strengthening of technological capabilities and innovation systems;
  2. identifying areas of synergy and areas of possible cooperation within the UN system on technology-related work;
  3. developing options for a possible online knowledge hub and information-sharing platform; and
  4. cooperating with relevant stakeholders on building STI capacity building.

In this connection, two side events have being organized by the IAWG: one in June 2015 in New York during the Post-2015 Development Agenda negotiation, and one in July 2015 in Addis Ababa during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The primary objectives of the first event were to brief Member States and other stakeholders on the progress to date of the IAWG on the mapping exercise, the development for options for an online platform, and on enhancing coordination and coherence of UN system capacity building work on science, technology and innovation. The second event presented a joint interagency statement endorsed by eight Heads of Agencies, and focused on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its initiatives including capacity-building efforts on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals.

Member States have clearly indicated in the OWG proposal and the FfD process that technology development, dissemination and transfer and the strengthening of scientific and technological capabilities of all countries represent key elements of the Means of Implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda includes a decision to establish a technology facilitation mechanism which would be launched at the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism comprises a multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs; an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs; and a UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs which will promote coordination, coherence, and cooperation within the UN System on STI related matters, enhancing synergy and efficiency, in particular to enhance capacity building initiatives. The platform will also engage stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community.

Given the Science Technology Innovation-related decisions contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the IAWG now reconstitutes as the Inter-Agency Task Team, stands ready to support pro-actively Member States’ ambitions to establish the envisaged technology facilitation mechanism, and consider how best to reach out to other partners in what must become a truly multi-stakeholder endeavour going forward. A strengthened UN system interagency working group, or task team, on STI for the SDGs together with strong multi-stakeholder engagement could play an important role in effective delivery, in support of the future implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.



Recommendations of the Secretary General Report A/67/348

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/66/288 of 27 July 2012 which endorsed the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”. Paragraph 273 of this resolution requests “relevant United Nations agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism that promotes the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies” and requests me to “make recommendations regarding the facilitation mechanism to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly”. The report summarizes recent trends, provides an overview of the proposals received and outlines my recommendations for the functions, format, and working methods of a technology facilitation mechanism, as well as on a potential process forward to improved technology facilitation.


Suggestions by UN organizations

All fifty-three UN organizations of ECESA Plus were invited to make proposals on the functions, format and working methods of a potential technology facilitation mechanism, to outline their contributions to such mechanism, and to indicate partners they considered essential to be involved. Twenty-two organizations and bodies provided contributions/suggestions, ECA, ECE, ESCAP, ECLAC, ESCWA, DESA, IAEA, IMO, ITU, OHRLLS, UNCDF, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNDP, UN-Women, UNEP, World Bank, WIPO, and WTO. More material will be posted here in due course


Rio+20 Compilation Document

Over 200 of the submissions made the Rio+20 compilation document contain various proposals on science and technology for sustainable development. In particular, the following stakeholders listed below made significant proposals in this area.


Political Groups

Group of 77 and China, EU, CARICOM, Pacific Island Forum, PSIDS Regional preparatory meetings:Africa Region, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Asia and the Pacific Region, Arab Region, Europe Region


Member States

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria (EU submission), Belarus, Belgium (EU submission), Benin, Bolivia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria (EU submission), Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, China (Beijing Symposium), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Holy See (Observer State), Honduras (Workshop on Sustainable Tourism), Hungary, Iceland, India, India (Delhi Ministerial Dialogue), Indonesia (with Bandung Declaration as an annex of its input), Ireland, Israel (national and Meeting on Greening Agriculture), Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Singapore (Regional 3R Forum in Asia), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (Preparatory Conference “Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Water Cooperation Issues”), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.


UN system and IGOs

A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO, UNDP), Advisory Group of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), Alpine Convention, Asian Development Bank, Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, ECESA Plus Cluster on Social Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-Agency Consultative Group for SIDS, Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), Inter-Parliamentary Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Olympic Committee to the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International),.South Centre, Specialist Group on Soils and Desertification of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI) of the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), UN Interagency Committee for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC DESD), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), UN-Water, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations Development Group (UNDG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Global Compact, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population Division (DESA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), United Nations SG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Trade Organization (WTO).


Major groups - consensus documents

Scientific and Technical Community; Local Authorities (ICLEI, C40, nrg4SD, ECO-City Builders, and UCGL); Women; Children and Youth; Workers and Trade Unions (International Trade Union Federation); Farmers; Business and Industry (Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012); Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Information Network), among others;


Major groups - selected individual docs

Categories: Academic Institutions, Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Coalitions and Partnerships, Foundation, Indigenous People, Scientific Community, Women. Groups: Third World Network, Stakeholder Forum, WWF, CIEL, Eurostep, Earth Institute, ICTSD, Arab NGO Network for Development, Climate Action Network International, Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis, RESO-CLIMAT Cameroun, C40, Eco-Accord, Commons Action for the UN, INFORSE, Sustain US,, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Business and Industry, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, PDMA, World Resources Forum, European Youth Meeting, European Students' Forum, ETC Group, AGEDI, Alzheimer's Disease International, APRN, Boston University (Pardee Center), Information Habitat, CONFEA, Oikos, among others.





Organization Date News and Events
UNCTAD 08-12 May 2017 Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Twentieth Session
23 - 25 January 2017 CSTD inter-sessional panel, Geneva, Switzerland
UNDESA 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs
15-16 May 2017 2nd STI Forum, New York (IATT)
15 May 2017 Click here to watch the STI Forum Press Briefing
March 2017 Meeting of foundations and other STI funders, New York (ICSU, DESA)
March 2017 Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for advancing the Agenda 2030 with focus on health, Rio de Janeiro (Fiocruz)
March 2017 Technology roadmaps for the SDGs, Vienna, Austria (DESA, UNEP, IIASA and 10-MG)
25-26 January 2017 Expert Group Meeting for the 10-Member Group on Preparing for the 2017 STI Forum and the online platform assessment, Paris, France (ICSU, DESA and UNEP)
13-14 December 2016 Global Solutions Summit 2016, Arkansas, USA
6-8 December 2016 Expert Group Meeting on exponential technological change, and their policy implications in Middle Income Countries, Mexico
UNEP 16 September 2016 Workshop on Technology-Trade Nexus for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris, France
UNESCAP 27-28 October 2016 Science and technology forum in Seoul, South Korea
UNESCO 10 November 2016 The 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development
UNIDO 27-30 March 2017 Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit, Paris-Sorbonne University, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
January – March 2017 UNIDO-UNEP 5th Global Network Conference on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production
1-30 January 2017 UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network Regional (CTCN) Forum, Caribbean
30 November - 2 December 2016 UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Regional Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras
30 November - 7 December 2016 UNIDO Institute Professional Programme – Sustainable Energy Solutions, Energy Academy Europe, Zernike Campus, Groningen, Netherlands
22 November 2016 A global vision for the future of manufacturing: GMIS roundtable workshop, Vienna, Austria
World Bank Group 16 November 2016 Launch of the Climate Business Innovation Network, at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco
9-11 November 2016 The 10th Global Symposium on ICT use in Education, “4th Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Learning: Transition to Digital,” Seoul, South Korea co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Education, the World Bank and UNESCO
8 November 2016 GEO Plenary XIII Side Event, Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
3-4 November 2016 Funding Science and Technology in Africa and Developing Regions: A joint Workshop of the World Bank and Research Funding Councils, in Washington DC, USA
1 November 2016 World Bank Geospatial Day in Washington DC, USA
13 October 2016 USAID/3ie roundtable on Evidence Gap Map and Systematic Review on STIP (science, technology, innovation and partnership) in Washington DC, USA


Background papers/Special studies


SDGs Learning

Outcome Document

Key documents

Preparatory Process Meeting Reports

Background documents

Background Notes