Photo credit: Fiocruz/Peter Ilicciev
By Brenda Hada
On the last 06, 07 and 08 November, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) promoted an international consultation on the role of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) for the implementation of 2030 Agenda and its Health related goals.
Experts and representatives on the theme from private sector, government, non-governmental organizations and research institutions focused on opportunities for health advancement through SDG’s implementation, contributions of ST&I mechanisms to 2030 Agenda targets and indicators, and shared experiences of online platforms for engagement and exchanging information.
Among the main concerns addressed during the consultation, participants highlighted:
According to Romulo Paes-Sousa, director of the
UNDP RIO+ Centre, "the consultation conducted by the UN system on
technology, science and innovation in health is fundamental since it is
directly linked to development. Health is the second largest consumer of ST&I
and with the 2030 Agenda, the sector will need to be updated with content
towards inclusion, preservation of natural resources and integration with
public policies. The great experience accumulated by the health sector within
the theme of ST&I must now reach a new level; a more inclusive one, a fairer
level for the planet and for all."
During the roundtables on the third day, which provided the exchange of experiences in the field of social technologies, innovation, civic participation and SDGs, several statements pointed out to the mobilizing capacity of ST&I and that investments on it must go beyond consultations and research. ST&I can ensure new and participatory mechanisms for "leaving no one behind" within development efforts as well as for the integration of more effective policies. The event also shed light on impactful social technologies that might help institutions to fill development gaps. The launch of two digital platforms that aim to advance collaborative and participatory sustainable development, the Ágora 2030, by Fiocruz, and the We App Heroes, envisioned by the UNDP RIO+ Centre in partnership with Sunscious Ltd, are prime examples of attempts to fill those gaps.
As subjacent messages, discussions have also addressed the importance of creating virtual platforms for more accessible media and inclusion of marginalized groups; the importance of accountability mechanisms for greater civil society engagement and reliable implementation; the relevance of stakeholders’ and business’ plans for successful and value-added innovation; and the effectiveness of replicable and large-scale projects.
To wrap-up the contributions for the global follow-up and review of the implementation of 2030 Agenda, the members of the International Consultation agreed upon recommendations to be sent to the 2018 Science, Technology and Innovation Forum and the next High Level Political Forum. By doing so, the participants intended to strengthen capacity building initiatives to create a new technology facilitation mechanisms to fulfill the SDGs at local, national and regional levels.
Photo: At roundtables in the field of social technologies, innovation, civic participation and the SDGs on 8 November 2017. Two social technologies were launch with the participation of high representatives of the UN System and FioCruz Foundation. Photos by UNDP/Brenda Hada.