The Global Call for Innovations for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 15-16 May 2017. In preparation for the Forum, a Global Call for Innovations is launched with the aim of finding scientific and technological innovations that are helping accelerate progress towards any one or more of the six SDGs that are the focus of the STI Forum 2017. The Call for Innovations will highlight solutions from diverse sources and communities, originating in different parts of the world, and focus on those technologies that aim to help the poorest and most vulnerable. Click here for more information.
Informal communiqué of the Symposium on Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships
Following the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, held on 21-23 February 2017 in Nassau, The Bahamas on “Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, an informal communiqué emanating from the dialogues and discussions at the Symposium is now available for public comments. The informal communiqué will inform the meetings of the UN oceans conference, high-level political forum on sustainable development, UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Click here for informal communiqué.
Small Island Developing States Symposium
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was held on 21-23 February 2017. The Symposium was opened by The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. It was well attended by ministers and high-level officials from 40 over SIDS and other countries. A total of about 250 international and local participants contributed to the overarching focus of the Symposium - “equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, with five thematic sessions surrounding topics of integrated implementation, institutions, mobilizing ICTS, monitoring and reviewing, and partnerships. The Symposium was conducted through dialogues and interactions among governments and various stakeholders from the civil society, private sector, international and regional organizations and close to 20 UN entities, through a mix of breakout discussions, show-and-tells, flash presentations, and plenary round-tables. Read more.
United Nations calls for Public Service Awards Nominations for 2017
New York, 13 January 2017 - The United Nations has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), aimed at promoting and recognizing innovation and excellence in public services supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the transformative agenda to boost prosperity around the world and ensure that no one is left behind.Read more.