Health is theme of the International Consultation on ST&I for 2030 Agenda

On November 6-8th in Rio de Janeiro, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), UNDESA and the RIO+ Centre are organizing a high-level meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) for the implementation of health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Health is an integral part of sustainable development as an individual and collective right. The effort to achieve SDG 3 (ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages) is justified as a prerequisite as well as an indicator of progress of sustainable development . By articulating innovation and grassroot production of health-related technologies, it is possible to increase equity, social inclusion and to guarantee human rights.

With the presence of more than 50 experts, international participants, governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and research institutions, the International Consultation on Science, Technology, and Information for the Implementation of Health-Related SDGs and the Agenda 2030 is divided into two phases.


International Consultation on ST&I

The first two days of the event, November 6 and 7th, are closed events aimed at receiving consultations from international experts on health and ST&I. This meeting will focus on the preparation of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) next year, while also preparing the development and elaboration of research consultation forms to be designed for the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum. The forum, also taking place next year, will strengthen the capacity of stakeholders of the health sector to take advantage of Science, Technology and Innovation initiatives. On November 6th, the opening session from 9 am to 9:45 am will be opened to the press.


Social Technologies and Debate for Sustainable Development

The last day of the meeting, November 8th, is open to the public and will take place at the Fiocruz Life Museum in Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, RJ. The high-level round of debates will be conducted by Nísia Trindade, president of Fiocruz; Shantanu Mukherjee of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations - DESA); Rômulo Paes de Sousa, of the World Center for Sustainable Development (RIO + Centre) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); and Paulo Gadelha, coordinator of the Fiocruz Strategy for Agenda 2030.


Launching of new platforms

At 9:30 am on November 8th, two ST & I platforms will be launched: The Agora 2030, developed by Fiocruz, as a contribution to global initiatives of implementation of the SDGs, and the We App Heroes app, which promotes local action for sustainable development, developed by the RIO + Centre and Sunscious corporation.

We App Heroes is A mobile application that aims to inspire ordinary people to act on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by engaging with other users nearby. By bringing together people willing to volunteer, the innovative app creates a foundation for a collaborative economy and reduces environmental, social costs of everyday actions. The app also raises awareness of actions that are linked to the goals of the Agenda 2030. Through a geo-referential technology, a platform enables users to interact both for proposing activities and to participate in practical demands for local sustainability.

The Ágora 2030 platform is part of Fiocruz's strategies for the 2030 Agenda. It is a virtual space that offers access to a network that promotes interaction between different actors around health-related topics and innovations for SDGs. The platform comprises a database that allows the users to increase knowledge management capacity. The website not only encourages a reproduction and adaptation of solutions to a sustainable world for other realities, but also, gathers news, information on events and invitations to initiatives related to the theme.


Round Tables

Starting at 10am, discussion round tables will address the challenges and opportunities relating to online platforms and technologies for sustainable development and health.

Representatives of important stakeholders will also be present:,  IBASE - Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis, IPC / UNDP, Brazilian Semi-Arid Arrangement (ASA), Banco do Brasil Foundation, Forum of Traditional Communities - Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Territories of Bocaina (OTSS) and SEBRAE, are among the invited participants.



Date: 08/November from 9 am to 5 pm.

Location: Brasil Avenue, 4365 - Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21040. Fiocruz Life Museum.