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Global forum to accelerate post-covid recovery and sustainable development


Global Goals & Global Society
Global forum to accelerate post-covid recovery and sustainable development

The eighth annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place on May 3rd and 4th, 2023. The Forum's aim is to promote science, technology, and innovation cooperation in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year, the STI Forum will focus on the theme "Science, technology, and innovation for accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels."



Is a crucial event in the calendar of the United Nations, bringing together key stakeholders from around the world to discuss and debate issues related to science, technology, and innovation. The Forum is organized by the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (IATT), convened by UN-DESA and UNCTAD, and the 10-Member Group of high-level representatives appointed by the Secretary General.


The Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC, Her Excellency Lachezara Stoeva, who has appointed two co-chairs – H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations and H.E. Mr. Thomas Woodroffe, United Kingdom Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council. The STI Forum will provide mandated inputs for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which will be held from 10 to 19 July 2023.



The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of science, technology, and innovation in addressing global challenges. The STI Forum will explore the role of STI in accelerating the recovery from the pandemic and achieving the SDGs. The Forum will also take a broader look at the contribution of STI to the achievement of all the SDGs in recognition of the September mid-term review of SDG progress.


It brings together representatives from governments, academia, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders. The Forum will provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, best practices, and solutions for the achievement of the SDGs. The Forum will also provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how science, technology, and innovation can be harnessed to address global challenges and promote sustainability.



The STI Forum will feature a range of sessions, including plenary sessions, interactive dialogues, and breakout sessions. The plenary sessions will provide an opportunity for high-level representatives to deliver statements on the theme of the Forum. The interactive dialogues will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange ideas and best practices on specific topics related to the SDGs. The breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and develop solutions to specific challenges related to the SDGs.

The STI Forum will be an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase innovative solutions and initiatives that are contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. The Forum will also provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how these solutions and initiatives can be scaled up and replicated in other contexts.


The STI Forum is an important event in the calendar of the United Nations. This year's Forum is particularly significant as it focuses on the role of science, technology, and innovation in accelerating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving the SDGs.


A platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, best practices, and solutions for the achievement of the SDGswill be provided. The Forum will also offer an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how science, technology, and innovation can be harnessed to address global challenges and promote sustainability.



The STI Forum brings together a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, academia, civil society, the private sector, and others, to work towards a common goal of achieving the SDGs. By sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources, stakeholders can develop innovative solutions that can be scaled up and replicated in other contexts.



The vision of a sustainable and resilient global society can only be achieved through collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to the SDGs.


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