The ninth annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held from Thursday, 9 May, to Friday, 10 May 2024. The Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC, Her Excellency Paula Narváez, who had appointed two co-chairs – Her Excellency Christina Markus Lassen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, and Her Excellency Inga Rhonda King, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations. As per its mandate, the Forum will be prepared by the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (IATT), convened by UN DESA and UNCTAD, and the 10-Member Group of High-Level Representatives appointed by the Secretary-General.
As in previous years, the theme of the STI Forum will be closely aligned with that of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held from Monday, 8 July, to Wednesday, 17 July 2024, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, but will have an exclusive focus on the role and contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development. The 2024 HLPF will hold in-depth reviews of five SDGs: Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere; Goal 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; Goal 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Accordingly, the theme for the STI Forum 2024 is: “Science, technology and innovation for reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”.
H. E. Christina Markus Lassen
H.E. Christina Markus Lassen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2024 STI Forum
H. E. Inga Rhonda King
H.E. Inga Rhonda King, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2024 STI Forum
Representatives of non-governmental organizations and all other STI stakeholders who wish to attend the STI Forum are required to register on a dedicated platform. Registration will open in Mid-March and details will be posted to the STI Forum webpage.
Please note that all registered participants shall be responsible for making their own travel arrangements (visa, transportation, accommodation, etc.) and related costs, as applicable.
Interested participants not able to attend the meeting in person will be able to follow the discussions on UN WebTV.
A selected number of stakeholder representatives will be able to make interventions at the meetings of the Forum. Information about how to apply for speaking slots will be shared with registered stakeholders in the lead up to the STI Forum.
Briefing to Member States and Stakeholders
5 March 2024, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York
The co-chairs of the 9th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will hold a briefing for Member States and STI stakeholders on Tuesday, 5 March 2024, from 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the ECOSOC Chamber, UN HQ, New York.
Interested stakeholders in possession of valid UN Grounds Passes will be able to attend the event up to the capacity of the ECOSOC Chamber.
The briefing will be webcast via the UN Web TV.