Programme

Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on STI Roadmaps for SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs.

G-STIC 2018 will host the next Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

CONCEPT NOTEIATT ISSUES BRIEF

PRACTICAL INFOPROGRAMME

Introduction and welcome

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs.

G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Session 1 - Introduction to the UN work on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

This session will take stock of the previous deliberations through three STI Forums and two EGMs on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs; discuss the vision, objectives, scope and boundaries of the TFM/IATT’s work on STI roadmaps at national and international levels; and introduce an overview of various discussion topics for the EGM set the tone and expectations to the participants.

10h15
Guiding questions

- What is the context for the UN work on STI roadmaps, the milestones, and the plan?
- What can we learn from relevant national and international experiences?
- What do we want to achieve through our work on STI roadmaps? How do we want the participants to contribute to the work through the EGM and beyond?

Session 2A - Designing National STI Roadmaps: Country Contexts and Policy Frameworks

This session focuses on comparison of existing frameworks and practices related to integrating STI roadmaps to national sustainable development strategies. Potential points for discussion include methodologies to identify and align STI contributions to Goals/Targets under national priorities, institutional frameworks to align whole-of-government STI policies and strategies to the SDGs, and practical guidance for countries to develop and implement national STI roadmaps.

11h15
Guiding questions

- What do we know about countries’ gaps and needs in achieving the SDGs? And how can STI address these gaps?
- What are practical approaches to align STI action plans and strategies to national priorities in achieving the SDGs, including through realistic pathways and disruptive, leapfrogging, or systemic/non-linear approaches?
- What are the key diagnostic elements for developing national STI Roadmaps, which can be generalized based on comparative analysis and used in the guidebook? Especially for the use of developing countries which need capacity building?

Session 2B - Implementing National STI Roadmaps: Governance, Participation, Coordination and Policy Learning

This section will discuss governance arrangements that can assist with the creation and implementation of a national STI Roadmap, including multi-stakeholder participation, inter-ministerial coordination, prioritization, funding, and mechanisms to track progress.

14h00
Guiding questions

- What are the good practices in this area to help creation and implementation of a national STI roadmaps? 
- What recommendations could be used in the draft guideline in the guidebook?

Session 2C - Capacity development for STI roadmaps

This session focuses on how to build capacity needed to design and implement STI roadmaps as a method of achieving SDGs, at individual, institutional and societal levels.

15h30
Guiding questions

- How do countries develop the capacity needed to prepare and implement a national STI roadmap?
- What recommendations on capacity building issues could be used in the draft guideline in the guidebook?

Session 2D - Proposal on joint actions for Country Pilots for STI roadmaps

This session focuses on design of a possible program of joint or coordinated assistance to a small set of pilot countries to develop and implement national STI roadmaps for the SDGs.

09h15
Guiding questions

- What are countries’ experiences and possible suggestions with regard to building on domestic capabilities and receiving support from external partners in developing and implementing STI strategies and action plans?

- How can UN and other agencies better synergize, harmonize and scale-up support to countries’ efforts on STI roadmaps?

- How best can international cooperation be facilitated through matchmaking countries’ gaps/needs in harnessing STI to achieve national priorities with available knowledge and expertise within UN system and beyond?

- What are the good practices in going from pilot experience to a broader scale?

Session 3A - International STI roadmaps: support frameworks, partnerships and roles of donor countries

This session will focus on donor countries’ strategies to use STI to address global challenges and contribute to developing countries’ achievement of the SDGs. Potential points for discussion include the intersection between STI and official development assistance (ODA) policies/programs, STI for global public goods, stimulating private sector STI contributions, donor coordination, and issues related to measurement and governance.

10h15
Guiding questions

- What kind of support programs and instruments in the intersection of STI and ODA are available to developing countries?

- How best can partnerships be promoted and donors STI activities be coordinated to maximize synergies and complementarities?

- What recommendations on STI-ODA and the role of international organization could be used in the guidebook?

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs to G-STIC attendees

Michiharu Nakamura, Former President and Advisor, Japan Science and Technology Agency

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Opening Session Day 2

09h30
Critical elements to facilitate the deployment of integrated technological solutions that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs

Moderator: Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council

Panelists:
- José Ramón López-Portillo Romano, Chairman, Q Element Ltd., 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism for the SDGs
- Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency
- Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director, VITO
- Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General / Deputy CEO, IIASA, former member of the 10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism for the SDGs

Heide HackmannDirk FransaerNebojsa NakicenovicHans Bruyninckx

Session 3B - International STI Roadmap and Multi-stakeholder contributions to STI roadmap development and implementation

This session will look at the roadmaps that private sector, civil society, philanthropies, and academia can design and implement, in harnessing STI to play their respective roles to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

11h00
Guiding questions

- How can multi-stakeholders assist nations in building the necessary capacity and develop policy needed to implement SDGs?

- What key messages on the role of multi-stakeholder engagement could be used in the draft guideline in the guidebook?

Session 3C - International STI roadmaps, deep dive analysis

Potential points for discussion include sectoral examples of deep dive analysis and goal-/target-specific roadmaps at the international level, to help identify STI opportunities and close potential gaps between global goals/targets and country level efforts.

14h00
Guiding questions

- What key elements constitutes a global strategy, policy framework and implementation arrangements related to achieving specific Goals/Targets utilizing science, technology and innovation?

- How best can the contributions of STI to achieve global goals/targets be identified and progress tracked, in context of follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda?

- What are the top three key recommendations on development of international STI roadmaps should be highlighted in the next STI Forum/or its prep meeting?

Session 3D - International STI roadmaps, harnessing innovative integrated technology solutions and frontier technologies

This session will discuss examples of how STI roadmaps informing on the use, dissemination, adoption and adaptation of innovative integrated technology solutions and frontier technologies (e.g. AI, big data, IoT, 3D printing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, renewable energy technology) to harness their potential contributions across the SDGs.

15h45
Guiding questions

- How to promote the development and use of frontier technologies to contribute to solving global challenges (e.g. climate change, plastic pollution in the ocean)?

- What are concrete examples of innovative integrated tech solution/frontier technologies that can deployed and substantively contribute to the achievement of one or more SDG targets?

- How to promote the dissemination of frontier technologies, particularly in low income developing countries and least developed countries, to contribute to the achievement of SDGs at the national level?

- How could we promote technological change and the adoption of frontier technologies in a way that reduces inequalities across and within countries?

- Which of international actors can own, champion, participate or help implement such international roadmaps to achieve the above objectives?

Session 4 - Reflection and Next Steps

This session will reflect on EGM discussions and discuss next steps to further elevate the ownership and championship of the STI roadmaps.

16h45
Guiding questions

- What elements should the guidebook cover for STI roadmaps at national and international levels? What conclusions should the Guidebook produce? What outcomes should STI Forum produce? What contributions can the participants make?

- What collective actions do we recommend through 2019-2020 milestones?

G-STIC Industry Night - The SDGs as business opportunity

18h00
Opening of the industry night

Live performance of Scala & Kolacny Brothers

New materials for a sustainable economy

18h10
Introduction

Hans Friederich, Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)

Hans Friederich

CO2 as a resource

19h20
Sustainability & Carbon offsetting of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Shashi Prakash, Sustainability and Carbon Expert, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Shashi Prakash

Live performance

Networking & Walking dinner

Improving content quality of sustainable technology databases

Chair person: Shantanu Mukherjee

This panel discussion offers an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding content quality of technology databases. It will aim to produce tangible proposals on how database content can be improved to achieve the SDGs and serve their philosophical underpinnings of universality, inclusion, human rights, and leaving no one behind. The panelists will share their experiences with databases housed in their organizations, including how database entries are accepted (or rejected); what kinds of review and selection processes are used; what kinds of methods determine validity and credibility of the entries; and any lessons learned on improving the database content. The discussions will aim to produce tangible proposals for the international process on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism for SDGs.

09h30
Expert Panel Discussion

Moderator: Shantanu Mukherjee, Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development UN-DESA

Panelists:

- Anja von der Ropp, Program Officer, Climate Change and Food Security, WIPO GREEN
- Gerald Law, Chief Executive, Innovation DB
- Iana Aranda, President, Engineering for Change
- Noor van der Lande, Expert Manager, Solar Impulse Foundation
- Tang Yandong, Senior Engineer, Director of Tech Department of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO), Ministry of Environment and Ecology of China

Respondents:

- Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
- Peter Schelstraete, Co-founder, Ubuntoo

Shantanu MukherjeeClaire MelamedGerald LawIana ArandaAnja von der RoppPeter SchelstraeteNoor van der LandeYandong Tang

Report EGM on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

This session will hear back from the 3rd Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Science, Technology & Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs. Presentation of the EGM findings by Dr. Michiharu Nakamura and what EGM hopes G-STIC will contribute to the EGM process.

11h00
Key findings of the EGM STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

Guiding questions:

- What role can national and international STI Roadmapping have in scaling up and accelerating STI for the SDGs?

- How can international events like G-STIC support processes of national and international STI for SDGs, including the production of a guidebook on the topic?

Followed by an interactive discussion on the input of G-STIC and how does this relate to the outcome of the thematic G-STIC sessions of the previous conference day?

Michiharu Nakamura

A framework for G-STIC input to STI for SDG processes

Presentation of a framework for G-STIC input to STI for SDG processes, including STI roadmaps and guidebook.

12h20
Presentation of the proposed framework

Short presentation of the proposed framework for G-STIC input related to the content and processes of the development of STI roadmaps for SDGs.

12h25
Plenary discussion

How G-STIC 2019 and its preparatory activities could contribute to STI for SDGs using this framework as one means to provide its input in selected thematic or cross-cutting areas that can significantly contribute to the SDGs.

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