The Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) goals to establish gaps and promote partnerships in efforts to realize a greener world by 2030.
In remarks to the discussion board, the UN Secretary-General emphasised how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the significance of science, expertise and innovation for human well-being and survival, in addition to the necessity for larger world cooperation.
His assertion was delivered by Maria Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General within the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Pandemic sparks improvements
Addressing the pandemic, the UN chief mentioned not solely was a vaccine developed in file time, however the disaster has additionally elevated innovation in medicines and digital communications applied sciences.
At the identical time, scientific discovery and collaborations have accelerated and new methods of delivering providers have proliferated.
The Secretary-General mentioned these advances maintain promise for collective challenges past the pandemic, together with in limiting local weather disruption, lowering inequalities and “ending our war on nature”.
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Billions nonetheless excluded
However, he famous that billions of individuals worldwide nonetheless stay largely excluded from the advantages of the knowledge and expertise revolution, and the pandemic has solely exacerbated present expertise divides.
“It is essential that we work together — across borders, sectors and disciplines — to make science and technology work for everyone”, his assertion mentioned.
“Multi-stakeholder cooperation will continue to be the key, helping us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, address climate change, end the biodiversity and pollution crises and rise to our other common challenges.”
Technology for growth
The STI Forum, now in its sixth 12 months, is a part of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism, an internet platform which helps international locations in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by their 2030 deadline.
Through the platform, UN entities, Member States, civil society, the non-public sector, the scientific group and different stakeholders share info, experiences, greatest practices and coverage recommendation.
Last June, the Secretary-General additionally launched a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. Its eight targets embrace attaining common connectivity by 2030 as roughly half the world’s inhabitants, or three billion individuals, most of them ladies, would not have entry to the Internet.