03 February 2020 - 05 February 2020
Vienna, Austria

Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs

Meeting of the IATT and 10-Member group under the TFM in preparation of the Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs 2020.

(c) UN Visitor Centre

(c) UN Visitor Centre

IIASA will contribute to several sessions of this workshop of the United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), including the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community.

Following the publication of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) in 2019, this meeting aims to bring forward scientific recommendations in supporting the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Participation is by invitation only. The workshop will take place at Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, 3 – 5 February 2020, co-organized by DESA, UNCTAD, UNOSD, OOSA, and UNIDO.

Session 1: GSDR entry points: (i) human well-being and capabilities, and (ii) transition to sustainable and just economies 


3 February 2020, 13:00-14:15

Joint introduction by IATT and 10-Member Group:

  • Paulo Gadelha, Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil [Moderator]
  • Ms. Ana Persic, Section Chief, UNESCO

Speakers:

  • Eun Mee Kim, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea and member of the Independent Group of Scientists for the Global Sustainable Development Report, 2019
  • Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA, Austria
  • Ms. Shivani Nayyar, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
    Discussants
  • Ms. Irina Zodrow, UNISDR (tbc)

UNIDO (TBC)

The ways we generate power, live and work are defined to various extents by science, technology and innovation, and achieving sustainability in all these areas will require STI-based solutions. The session will look at ways to create and scale up STI solutions to expand access to energy with an emphasis on renewables and foster sustainable urban development.

Session 3: GSDR entry points: (iv) energy and (v) cities


3 February 2020, 15:45-17:00

Joint introduction by IATT and 10-Member Group:

  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Professor emeritus, Technical University of Vienna and IIASA, Austria [Moderator]
  • Cecilia UGAZ ESTRADA, Director, UNIDO

Speakers:

  • Keywan Riahi, Director, Energy Programme, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
  • Partha Mukhopadhyay, Center for Policy Research, India
    Discussants
  • Katarina Barunica, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
  • A representative of JRC on international partnerships on batteries (TBC)

The ways we generate power, live and work are defined to various extents by science, technology, and innovation, and achieving sustainability in all these areas will require STI-based solutions. The session will look at ways to create and scale-up STI solutions to expand access to energy with an emphasis on renewables and foster sustainable urban development.

Session 5: GSDR entry point (vi): global environmental commons


4 February 2020, 10:50-12:15

  • Joint introduction by IATT and 10-Member Group:  Agnes Lawrence Kijazi, Director General, Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Tanzania [Moderator]
  • Victor Low, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP, Paris, France

Speakers:

  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Professor emeritus, Technical University of Vienna and IIASA, Austria
  • Michael Obersteiner, Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK; Member, International Resource Panel
  • Pierre Boileau, Head, Global Environment Outlook Programme, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya

STI can provide a toolbox of solutions for protecting the global commons, including key constituents such as the climate, biodiversity and the ocean. This session will focus on new and holistic ways to deploy STI solutions for the global commons.  

STI Fora

The annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) is a part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. It 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 first STI Forum was held in 2016. Information on past Fora can be found here


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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Transitions To New Technologies

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Keywan Riahi

Program Director

Energy

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Leena Srivastava

Deputy Director General for Science

Directorate - DDG For Science

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PUBLICATIONS

Vinca A , Parkinson S, & Riahi K (2020). Benefits of Cross-Border Cooperation for Achieving Water-Energy-Land Sustainable Development Goals in the Indus Basin. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-13296. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020, 4-8 May 2020, Vienna, Austria.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) (2020). Pathways to Sustainable Energy – Accelerating Energy Transition in the UNECE Region. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations. ISBN 978-92-1-117228-7

Komendantova N , Maraschdeh L, Al Salaymeh A, Bohm S, Ekenberg L , Krüger C, Zejli D, Mtimet N, et al. (2019). Energy Policy at Crossroad: potentials for sustainable energy transition in the Middle East and North African region. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-004

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