At the outset, I would like to thank everyone gathered here today for making this briefing possible. Since the last briefing, which was held on January 29th, my fellow Co-Chair, Ambassador Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico, and I have been working hard in preparation for the Third United Nations Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). At this time, we would like to provide you with some updated information regarding the Forum and to respectfully request the continued support of the Member States, after which we would like to take a moment to have an exchange of opinions among the Member States on the Forum.
At this year’s STI Forum, we are aiming for a concrete and action-oriented forum that will move us decisively forward in our effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to the STI Forum, there are various other forums and frameworks covering science and technology, both inside and outside of the United Nations. We would like to organically connect these discussions together, and to develop partnerships among these various forums and frameworks, in order to further advance the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
I would now like to take this opportunity to explain some specific elements of the upcoming STI Forum.
- Summary of the program
The necessity of the STI Roadmap was highlighted at both of the last two STI forums, which is why in this third round, we are building on the previous discussions to develop a set of model Roadmaps and country case studies that will help localize or adapt scientific knowledge, technological prowess and innovative ideas to country-specific contexts as part of national SDG strategies. We believe that the STI Roadmap should serve as the first step on a journey of concrete actions toward 2030.
We are looking forward to the active participation of many Member States. In addition, this year there will be no parallel sessions so that the Member States can reasonably follow all the discussions with interpreters.
- STI week
At the last briefing, we heard the call from several of the Member States to lend a greater focus to the gender perspective. Though we have not planned any sessions specifically about gender, because the topics of STI Forum are aligned with themes of the HLPF, we hope to focus the discussions at G-STIC on the issue of gender, and to broadly include a gender perspective in the discussions of the STI Forum.
- Match making between investors and innovators.
We are preparing to make the STI Forum a place to realize the practical application and scaling up of the innovations that will help us achieve the SDGs. In this regard, we would like to ask each Member State to publicly announce the Forum in order to inform and encourage the participation of innovators and investors from every country.
- Request for support
I would also like Member States to encourage multi-stakeholders, including scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and representatives of civil society and private sector in your countries to join the STI Forum. Please note that the deadline for participants who do not already have UN passes to register on the STI Forum website is May 25th. Registration is first-come-first-serve, and will close once the number of registrants reaches the limit of event passes. Please do not wait until the last minute.
I have another request to Member States. To make the dialogue interactive and lively, I would like to request you not to read any statements. Please be encouraged, however, to submit any written statements to the Secretariat to be posted on the UN Website.
In order to realize a society in which no one is left behind and to achieve the SDGs, it is important to take actions involving every stakeholder, including governments, the private sector, academia, and civil society. It is necessary also, in order to realize a society where everyone is able to receive the benefits of science and technology, not only to utilize the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies but also to fully disseminate and implement existing technologies, low-tech solutions and local knowledge from every region to the rest of the world. For this reason, we need ideas and inputs from all the Member States, and publicity for the STI Forum in each country is therefore essential. Thus, we kindly ask for your continued initiatives to make the STI Forum a success.
I thank you.