UNU Event Explores Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs

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  • 2016•06•17     New York

    The First Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held at the United Nations in New York on 6–7 June 2016. As part of the Forum, the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) co-organised the side event Let’s Get Real! How Do We Walk the Talk to Make STI Work for SDGs?, focusing on three sectors that are key to development: 1) food and cereals that feed the world; 2) medicines; and 3) water & sanitation within diverse national and regional systems.

    Launching the event, Prof. Shyama Ramani spelled out the need for a holistic “systems” approach if we are to stand any chance of achieving the SDGs. Also representing UNU-MERIT, Dr. Eduardo Urias focused on access to medicines, and how STI can improve the acceptability, affordability and availability of drugs for pandemics like HIV/AIDS and dengue fever. Partners then focused on upgrading technology to improve sanitation; the role of biotech in combating hunger; and how small and medium-sized enterprises can enable inclusive growth.

    For views and takeaways from the event, as well as presentation slides and photos, visit the UNU-MERIT website.