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Work Stream 9: STI policy frameworks, action plan and roadmaps

Tue 14 Sep 2021, 7.33 am


The Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) together with key TFM partners 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 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.

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:

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]un.org).


A side event on "Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps" will take place on 3 May 2021 from 8-9:30 am NY time on the margins of the STI Forum 2021.

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Online information repository

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.

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


Reference List for the STI Roadmaps

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:

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


Guidebook roadmaps

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.

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.



3 May 2021 (8-9:30 am NY time): STI Forum 2021 side event: Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDGs Roadmaps, UNESCO, UNDESA, EC/JRC,UNIDO, FAO

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