STI Forum


A case for integrating science, society and policies within the pursuit of science, innovation and technology for the SDGs

The sixth annual STI Forum was organised by the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (IATT), convened by UN-DESA and UNCTAD and the 10-Member Group of high-level representatives appointed by the Secretary General.

This online side event on 3 May, in relation to the 2021 STI Forum, was organised by Fiocruz, the International Science Council and G-STIC.


Programme and speakers

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective tools we have for preserving public health and are widely and effectively used to prevent the spread of disease. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization called upon the international scientific society to collaborate under the WHO Research and Development Blueprint, an action which established one of the most successful ever international collaborations in Science, Technology and Innovation.

As result of several institutions accepting this challenge, technologies such as the protocols which led to the development of vaccines and testing for COVID-19 were developed. Technologies which are now helping the world to overcome the current pandemic.

In contrast to this cooperative action, there is also a "War on Vaccines” going on. Fuelled by revenue competition, nationalism and geopolitical rationales which conflict with the principle of vaccines as public goods, this war sees a divergence from global solidarity and fosters the ideological and political use of social media and fake news to hinder vaccine acceptance.

In this online side event, coordinated by Paulo Gadelho (Coordinator of the Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda), speakers discussed the challenges vaccines have brought to Science, Technology and Innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also shared Science, Technology and Innovation insights relating to the SDGs with regard to the six entry points into the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development.


  • Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council
  • Marco Krieger, Vice-President of Production and Innovation in Health, Fiocruz
  • Stuart Blume, University of Amsterdam
  • Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization