[2017] Science, Technology and Innovation Workshop

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 11:00pm to Saturday, 02 December 2017 - 7:00am


UN DESA, in collaboration with UNCTAD, is organising a three-day workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a major preparatory event for the 2018 STI Forum, as well as to collect inputs for the development of the Online Platform of the technology facilitation mechanism (TFM). The workshop will have the participation of 40 to 50 technology experts from governments, the private sector, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, and research institutions. It will be held on the margin of the International Exhibition on Smart Technology for Sustainable Development and Procurement in Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 29 November to 1 December 2017.  The workshop will focus on STI for the achievement of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 (SDGs that will be considered during the High-Level Political Forum in 2018). The discussions will consider the role of traditional knowledge, the impact of emerging technologies, the barriers for scaling-up solutions, and ways to ensure that STI benefits all, leaving no one behind.



Concept Note and Agenda


Formal Opening

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Jiří Muchka (Special Representative for ECOSOC, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN)
  • Mr. Vaughan C Turekian (Co-chair of STI Forum 2016/2017 & Senior Board Director, Science Technology and Sustainability, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)
  • Dr. Heide Hackman (Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU) and co-chairs of the 10-Member Group)

Congratulatory Remarks

  • Dr. Young Sook Yoo (Korea Institute of Science and Technology & Former Minister of Environment)


Day 1 (November 29, 2017)

Session 1: Introduction to the STI Forum


  • Mr. Juwang Zhu (Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA)
  • Ms. Shamika Sirimanne (Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD)


Session 2: STI challenges and solutions for the five selected SDGs

Session 2a: STI for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6)



Session 2b: STI for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7)

Moderator: Ms. Shamika Sirimanne (Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD)



Session 2c: STI for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)

Moderator: Ms. Hayat Sindi (Founder and President, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity)


  • "Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs" - Mr. Eugene Atiemo (Director, Building and Road Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana)
  • Ms. Sujaya Sathi (Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP))
  • Mr. Richalls Martins (Coordinator, Brazilian Network of Population and Development in Brazil & Representative, Brazil in the Latin American Network of Equality and Social Justice) 


Session 2d: STI for ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12)

Moderator: Mr. Zitouni Ould-Dada (Head of Technology Unit, UN Environment)


  • Mr. Jonghwan Kim (Director, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute)


Session 2e: STI for preserving and sustainbly using terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15)

Moderator: Ms. Elenita Daño (Asia Director, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration)



Session 2f: Harnessing the crosscutting nature of STI for resilience and inclusion 

Moderator: Mr. George Essegbey (Director, the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI), the Council of Science and Industrial Reserach) 


  • Ms. Erika Kraemer-Mbula (Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology)
  • Mr. Jean-Eric Aubert (International expert on STI Policies)
  • "Facilitation of STI for SDGs" - Dr Michiharu Nakamura, Former President and Senior Advisor, Japan Science and Technology Agency 


Day 2 (November 30, 2017)

Session 3: Harnessing indigineous knowledge for the achievement of the SDGs

Moderator: Dr. Myrna Cunningham (President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous People (CADPI))



Session 4: Emerging frontiers - evolving STI developments with implications for SDGs

Moderator: Prof. Nebojsa Nakicenovic (Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA))



Day 3 (December 1, 2017)

Session 5: STI roadmaps incorporating SDGs and their implications for policy and capacity building

Moderator: Mr. Bill Colglazier (Co-chair of the 10-Member Group, Senior Scholar & Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science)



Session 6: TFM Online Platform

Moderator: "Agora- Open Science, Technology and Education for Health" - Mr. Paulo Gadelha (President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz))




Information Note

Meeting Report