Let’s Get Real! How Do We Walk the Talk to Make STI Work for SDGs?

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•06•06    18:15 - 19:30
    New York

    There is a growing recognition that science, technology and innovation (STI) will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what are the main priorities? Should we ensure more visible investment in labs, software firms and technology parks? Or seek less visible funding of new approaches, platforms and pro-poor innovations?

    On 6 June 2016, the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) will co-organise the side event: Let’s Get Real! How Do We Walk the Talk to Make STI Work for SDGs?, at the first-ever STI Forum for the SDGs. The side event will be chaired by Prof. Shyama V. Ramani (UNU-MERIT). She will also present Why Recognition of Complexity Within a Systemic View Matters. Other speakers will focus on food, medicine, water and sanitation in the context of the SDGs. They include:

    • Anilkumar Dave (Technology Transfer and Innovation — t2i; and the International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises)
      The Role of STI Intermediaries and STI Intensive SMEs as Vehicles of Economic Growth, Inclusive Development and Global Partnership;
    • Prof. Carl Pray (Rutgers University)
      The Role of Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Plant Varieties to Combat Hunger
    • Valentin Post (WASTE)
      The Reconfiguration of Existing Technologies in Innovative Multi-stakeholder Consortiums and Delivery Platforms to Attain Water and Sanitation Goals; and
    • Dr Eduardo Urias (UNU-MERIT)
      The Meeting of STI Systems, Catching up in Terms of Industrial Capabilities in Pharmaceuticals and Access to Medicines.

    For more information on this side event, see the event page and write-up on the UNU-MERIT website.

    For more information on the STI Forum for the SDGs, and registration details, visit the Forum website.


  • Conference Room A
    United Nations Conference Building
    New York