UN's STI Forum 2021 & An Innovation Exhibit

The 6th STI Forum was held virtually on the UN Stage on May 4-5 2021. 

The Virtual Innovation Exhibit, Innovations Catalyzed by COVID-19, was a Panel Series at the UN's Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum 2021, hosted in collaboration by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs and Global Innovation Exchange at Results for Development. Please see below for the schedule of panels: 

  • Opening of the Virtual Innovation Exhibit & Food Systems Innovations (May 4 @ 7:30-8:30 am EDT)
  • Innovations for Vulnerable Communities (May 4 @ 12:30-1:30 pm EDT)
  • Education Innovations 1 (May 4 @ 12:30-1:30 pm EDT)
  • Education Innovations 2 (May 4 @ 1:30-2:30 pm EDT)
  • Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Innovations (May 5 @ 7:30-8:30 am EDT)
  • Environmental Innovations (May 5 @ 7:30-8:30 am EDT)

Speakers in each panel demonstrated how social innovation is playing a critical role in 1 of 5 themes - education; maternal, newborn, and child health; food systems; vulnerable communities; or the environment. They also shared how COVID-19 impacted the development or scaling up of the 25 innovations across 34 different countries and how these innovations will continue to play a pivotal role beyond the pandemic. 

ACCESS THE PANEL RECORDINGS HERE


Background about the STI Forum

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.


STI Forum 2021 Call for Innovations

The STI Forum 2021 Call for Innovations is initiated by the United Nations in collaboration with Global Innovation Exchange at Results for Development.