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Actions within the United Nations or by the United Nations system

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.

Implementation of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism
The technology facilitation mechanism (TFM), mandated by paragraph 123 of the Addis Agenda and launched by paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consists of a UN Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (IATT-STI), a collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) to be convened by the ECOSOC President, as well as an online platform as information gateway to STI initiatives within and beyond the United Nations. The implementation of the TFM is continuously progressing:
 
  • The IATT-STI was established in September 2015 under the chairmanship of UN-DESA and UNEP. Its membership comprises 31 organisations of the UN system.
  • The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals was held from 6 to 7 June 2016, convened by President of the Economic and Social Council.
  • A technical assessment for the development of the online platform is underway and is expected to be presented at the 2017 STI Forum.
 
Enhanced coherence of science, technology and innovation support measures in the United Nations system

With respect to the mid- to long-term objective of increasing coherence and strengthening synergies among science and technology initiatives within the UN system, the establishment of the Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (IATT-STI) has been already a major milestone, as it constitutes the first system-wide mechanism that can contribute to coordination, knowledge sharing and exchange of experiences, as well as joint work on STI among those UN entities with activities and mandates relating to STI. The IATT-STI is also engaging in a mapping of STI initiatives within and beyond the UN system, in order to inform further discussion on and stimulate collaboration and synergies. In general, there are limitations with regard to available data that would measure synergies and coherence in the UN system’s STI initiatives, since these data will most likely be process-oriented or focus on qualitative factors. The question on how to potentially measure system coherence and synergy in the field of STI will be part of future discussions in the IATT-STI.

Establishment of the Technology Bank

The Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 called for the establishment of a Technology Bank that can help improve Least Developed Countries’ scientific research and innovation base, promote networking among researchers and research institutions and help least developed countries access and utilize critical technologies. The General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to take the steps necessary to launch and operationalize the Technology Bank by 2017 so as to also fulfil the commitment related to the Technology Bank, which is contained in SDG 17, target 8. Good progress has been made in that direction. The Secretary-General appointed the Governing Council for the Technology Bank, which elaborated the draft charter of the Technology Bank and prepared a 3-year Strategic Plan for the new institution. The General Assembly formally established the Technology Bank and adopted its charter in December 2016 to allow for the start of the Bank's operation in 2017 with headquarters in Turkey. The Technology Bank will be financed by voluntary contributions from Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations.