The Addis Agenda commits to a range of actions within or by the United Nations system in order to strengthen overall cooperation and support on science, technology and innovation.
The Addis Agenda specifically:
- Commits to strengthen coherence and synergies among science and technology initiatives within the UN system
- Established a technology facilitation mechanism to support the SDGs
- Commits to operationalize the Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries by 2017
Despite limited resources, significant progress has been made towards operationalization of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The Mechanism comprises four components: (i) the United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), which has 42 United Nations entities as members; (ii) the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community, who work together with the IATT to develop and operationalize TFM workstreams; (iii) the annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum); and (iv) the TFM online platform as a gateway for information on existing science, technology and innovation initiatives, and as a platform for building partnerships and matchmaking.
Key areas of work of the IATT include:
- STI road maps: The United Nations IATT subgroup for STI road maps has developed a joint guidebook which is piloted in five countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya and Serbia;
- The new and emerging technologies subgroup has collected and synthesized inputs on the impacts of rapid technology change on the SDGs in the form of an informal document that continues to grow, and has coordinated United Nations work on this topic;
- The subgroup on gender and STI has mapped relevant United Nations initiatives aimed at empowering women and girls in the field of STI through capacity-building, information sharing, policy setting and awareness-raising;
- The IATT and the 10-Member Group has been working to operationalize the online platform, 2030 Connect, which will provide access to a wide range of resources, including publications, training opportunities, and technology offers and requests;
- The IATT also conducts joint training workshops
The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries was operationalized in December 2018. In 2019, technology needs diagnostic work was initiated in Bhutan, the Gambia, Guinea, Timor-Leste and Uganda, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 2020, an additional 10 countries will be added to this assessment programme.
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