UN capacity-building programme on technology facilitation for SDGs
IATT work stream 6: UN capacity-building programme on technology facilitation for SDGs
UN Interagency Task Team Workstream 6 (IATT WS6) on Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs was formed in 2017 with the responsibility for STI for SDGs capacity building, designing and delivering training courses and workshops on STI Policy for SDGs, particularly for developing countries. The goal is to assist policymakers, public service experts, and key STI stakeholders in keeping abreast of most current approaches to STI policy design, and to enhance their ability to mobilize STI as part of strategies to achieve the SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda highlight the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies and actions for meeting the SDGs. The main instrument established by these initiatives is the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), as a multi-stakeholder collaborative and partnership-building mechanism to share information, experiences, best practices and policy advice. The UN Interagency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT) is one of the several mechanisms to operationalize the TFM.
Evolution and current status of IATT WS6
IATT WS6 was launched after the adoption of the SDGs by the UN’s General Assembly. A training programme was designed and elaborated from 2015 to 2017 and reviewed after the 2nd STI Forum with the completion of a mapping exercise on STI activities carried out by the TFM to identify a focus for the capacity-building activities of the working stream. Following the draft programme, two regional trainings were organized in collaboration with the UN regional economic and social commissions: UN-ESCWA for Arab States (Jordan, April 2018) and UN-ECLAC for Central and South American countries (Panama, May 2019). The UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries had also planned capacity development programmes of STI Policy for the LDCs for 2020. Additional requests for training sessions were made by countries and regions since then.
In response to the global pandemic and the difficulty to convene training activities in presence, IATT WS6 adapted to the situation and delivered a series of online training sessions in 2020. With the successful delivery of the sessions and as requested by countries and regions, more similar online trainings adapted to the local contexts will be delivered in 2021.
IATT WS6 Members
IATT WS6 is open to the participation of all United Nations agencies, funds, programmes, the regional commissions of the Economic and Social Council and additional partnerships outside the UN system. IATT WS6 is currently composed of diverse entities, including among others UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNU-MERIT, WIPO, UNDESA, UNEP, WB, ITU, UNESCWA, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNECE, UNTBLDC and UNESCAP. IATT WS6 also collaborates closely with the 10-Member Group, a group of representatives from the civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community, created to support the TFM. Likewise involved is the European Union’s Joint Research Centre (EU-JRC). The IATT WS6 group meetings are held every two weeks.
The work of the IATT WS6 was coordinated by UNU-MERIT until July 2020 and now is coordinated by UNESCO and UNCTAD.
Current IATT WS6 Coordinators:
Mr. Clovis Freire
Economist, Division on Technology and Logistics ,UNCTAD
Ms. Kornelia Tzinova
Assistant Programme Specialist, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO
Organized by IATT Work Stream 6
- IATT WS6 and SADC Workshop on STI for SDGs (date and registration link available soon)
- Training on current approaches to STI policymaking in the context of SDGs targeting Latin American countries - sub-national perspectives, online, 10-12 May 2021, event page
- STI Forum 2021 side event: Capacity Building in STI for SDGs, online, 4 May 2021, event page
- Training on current approaches to STI policymaking in the context of SDGs targeting Latin American countries, online, 19-21 April 2021, event page
- On-line Training Sessions on STI Policy and Policy Instruments for SDGs, online, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec 2020, event page
- Session 1-Current approaches to STI Policy making in the context of SDGs
- Session 2-Design and implementation
- Session 3- innovation and entrepreneurship
- Training Workshop on STI Policies for the SDGs, Panama, 6-8 May 2019
- 2018 STI Forum, Side Event on Building capacity on STI for the SDGs, 5 June, 2018. event page
- UN-IATT-WS6 Capacity Building Course on Technology for Development: Innovation Policies for SDGs in the Arab Region, Amman, Jordan, 15 -19 April 2018. event page
1. Science, technology and innovation (STI) policy and policy instruments for SDGs course webpage
2. Science, technology and innovation (STI) policy and policy instruments for SDGs, for Latin American countries (in Spanish) course webpage
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Reports and resources
UN IATT WS6 Progress Report
2021 Progress report: UN IATT Workstream 6 Capacity Building in STI for SDGs link
STI Reports and Training Resources from IATT and members
- UN IATT Guidebook on Development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs
- UNESCO Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN)
- WIPO Guides: Intellectual Property for Business ( WIPO FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY)
- For materials used in the IATT WS6 training workshops, please visit the event page.
- Successful science, technology and innovation policy training spurs calls for more interactive webinars 17, Dec 2020
- Building science, technology and innovation capacity in developing countries 2 Dec 2020
- Training on technology facilitation brings together officials and technicians from eleven Latin American and Caribbean countries around the SDGs, 7 June 2019
- Innovation Policies for SDGs in the Arab Region, 15 April 2018