In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Economic and Social Council has decided to defer the STI Forum to 2021.
The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) took place on June 6 and 7, 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The 2016 STI Forum addressed the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."
As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (agreed in the Financing for Development Conference, 2015), the annual STI Forum provided "a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the sustainable development goals."
As its name indicates, the STI Forum involves a discussion and networking platform for all actors in the field of science, technology and innovation and is open to member States, UN organizations, civil society, academia, industry and private sector, as well as accredited individuals.
The 5th STI Forum will be held from 12 to 13 May 2020 in New York. The Co-chairs of the 2020 Forum, appointed by the President of ECOSOC Her Excellency Mona Juul are the Permanent Representatives of Ghana (Ms. Martha Pobee) and Israel ( Mr. Danny Danon) to the United Nations.
This year the theme of the Forum is 'Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.' The pathways are defined in part by the recently published Global Sustainable Development Report.
The STI Forum 2020 Call for Innovations is initiated by the United Nations in collaboration with Global Innovation Exchange. The call will be open and accepting applications until Tuesday, March 9, 2020.