18 May 2021, 04:30 PM CEST

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations focal point for science, technology and innovation (STI) for development, in analyzing how STI, including information and communications technologies (ICTs), serve as enablers of the 2030 Agenda.

This online side event on 18 May, in relation to the CSTD, is organised by Fiocruz and G-STIC.

The Secretary-General's report on "Using science, technology, and innovation to close the gap on Sustainable Development Goal 3, good health and well-being" focuses on three areas: primary health care, poverty-related diseases, and infectious disease outbreaks.

The report also includes scientific and technical innovations, well-established low-technology solutions, and organizational and social innovations applied to health care. It also calls the attention that new technological developments also raise critical concerns about privacy, security, the accuracy of artificial intelligence in health care, and the digital divide.

The Secretary-General Report's critical areas of policy consideration include investments in research, human capital and infrastructure, support for research and development commercialization, and a whole-of-government and multisectoral approach. The priority areas for consideration include supporting national innovation ecosystems, improving the accessibility of health innovations, and building and strengthening multilateral and multi-stakeholder platforms for cooperation, knowledge sharing, and standards-setting.

The objective of this panel is to contextualize the main areas of the report in the existing mechanisms, efforts and pandemic’s lessons learn on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its health-related SDGs.

Programme and speakers

Initial considerations
  • Angel Gonzalez, UNCTAD
Science and innovation and incorporation of technologies on health related SDGs
  • Flavia Elias, Fiocruz
Integrative approach to harness ST&I in the 2030 Agenda: The 6 transformations
  • Kris Ebi, University of Washington
The UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery
  • Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH)
Sciences on the COVID-19
  • Ines Hassan, International Science Council
Final considerations and next steps
  • Clovis Freire, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD