05 June 2018 - 06 June 2018
New York, USA

Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable and resilient societies – Focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15

As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the annual collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development Goals (STI Forum) is expected to "provide 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." It will "discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the sustainable development goals, congregating all relevant stakeholders to actively contribute in their area of expertise."

The theme of the STI Forum is chosen to promote in-depth discussions on the SDGs that will also be in focus at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) meeting in July, as well as on cross-cutting issues relating more broadly to the general area of STI for the SDGs.

In this context, the theme of the 2018 STI Forum is: “Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable and resilient societies – Focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15”

Prof. Nakicenovic will present IIASa research at several occasions during the STI Forum:

Session 9: Science, technology and innovation for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7)

The session will discuss the status of existing knowledge and technology, and explore the potential for how science, technology and innovation can support the achievement of SDG 7 on universal access to modern energy services. The session will help identify good practices and policy recommendations, as well as challenges and needs, especially as they relate to international cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, with a view to facilitate the development, scaling up adoption and dissemination of relevant technologies for SDG 7.

Date & Time: 6 June 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

Venue: Conference Room 4, UN Conference Building

Chair: H.E. Mr. Juan Sandoval-Mendiolea, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations

2 Innovation pitches

Moderator: Ms. Agnes Kijazi, Director General, Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Tanzania


  • Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA)
  • Mr. Jim Watson, UK Energy Research Centre and University of Sussex, Directo
  • Mr. Daniel Cardinali, Novozymes, LA Business Development Manager, Brazi
  • Mr. Jack Metthey, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

Side event on "Systems Analysis and Capacity Building for Transformative Change toward Achieving the SDGs and long-term sustainability"

TWI2050 is co-organizing a side event with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.

Science, engineering, technology, and innovation provide both valuable insights as well as methodologies, practices, and tools that can support policy and decision makers in making sound decisions. Multiple policy objectives such as called for by the SDGs call for transformative change. Systems analysis supports decisions makers in holistic policy making, considering all aspects of sustainability: societies, economy and the environment and how they are interrelated. Applying systems analysis as a way to assess long-term trade-offs and synergies across multiple SDGs and to identify policy options alleviating these trade-offs. This enables maximizing synergies and avoiding trade-offs across potentially competing SDGs. Scenarios are a mean of identifying feasible future pathways, the impacts of different policy options and ranges of uncertainties of alternative futures.

Achieving the goals for water and sanitation, energy, resilience and sustainable cities requires that we transform the practices for financing, conceiving, designing, constructing, maintaining and deconstructing the enabling infrastructure systems.  Ensuring that no one is left behind means in parallel building science and engineering capacity especially in the least developed countries. The Grand Challenges Scholars Program led by the US National Academy of Engineering is one model for capacity building in universities that ties to the synergies between the SDGs and the Engineering Grand Challenges identified by WFEO.

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) provides integrated transformation pathways towards sustainable and resilient societies in 2030 and beyond. These pathways prove the feasibility of achieving the SDGs together rather than individual SDGs in isolation. They highlight important areas for action for policy makers. They are the first integrated pathways, focusing on the SDGs under review at this HLPF (6, 7, 11, 12, 15) and also considering interactions with other SDGs.  In 2019, WFEO will release its 2030 Plan outlining how the global engineering profession has and will support achievement of the 2030 agenda.

Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic will be present preliminary results of "Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals", the first report by The World in 2050 initiative which will be launched at the HLPF this July.

Date & Time: 6 June 2018, 8:15 - 9:30am

Venue: Conference Room B, UN Conference Building

Moderator: Heide Hackmann, ICSU 


  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA    
  • E. William Colglazier, AAAS
  • Gong Ke, WFEO – WFEO
  • Donovan Guttieres - Children and Youth Major Group - WFEO
  • William Kelly, WFEO - WFEO

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