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UN Forum to showcase science, technology and innovation solutions for COVID-19 recovery  

4 and 5 May 2021

UN Forum to showcase science, technology and innovation solutions for COVID-19 recovery

What: Cutting-edge initiatives to respond to global challenges — fragile food and health care systems, deeply entrenched inequalities and the climate crisis — will take prominence at the sixth annual Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (STI Forum) to be held on 4 and 5 May 2021

Twenty-five winners of the 2020 and 2021 editions of the UN Call for Innovation will also share their bold solutions for tackling the pandemic and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The STI Forum will bring together governments, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities, youth and other stakeholders to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies to advance progress on the SDGs.

Why:  During the pandemic, artificial intelligence and Big Data have been used to screen patients, monitor outbreaks and track cases of COVID-19 to predict infection risks. Science, technology and innovation can also boost economic development and drive social progress. In this increasingly digitized world, effectively harnessing science, technology and innovation to address the digital divide, promote inclusion and build resilient economies has become more important than ever.

Speakers to include:

  • H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of the UN Economic and Social Council
  • H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations,
  • H.E. Ambassador Mohammad Koba, Chargé d’Affaires of the Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations
  • Ms. Julie Makani, Professor and Principal Investigator for Sickle Cell Disease programme, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • Mr. Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan

When: Tuesday 4 May and Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Where: Virtual event on

Theme: “Science, technology and innovation for a sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and effective pathways of inclusive action towards the Sustainable Development Goals”

More information on the STI Forum, including the programme and list of side events, can be found here:
Virtual Innovation Exhibit website
Panel discussions with the Call for Innovations winners and the Virtual Innovation Exhibit will stream here
For further details and registration:

Social Media: #Tech4SDGs, #GlobalGoals, #STIForum2021, #SDGs, #STIForum

Media Contacts:
Sharon Birch-Jeffrey, UN Department of Global Communications
T: 1 212-963-0564 / E:
Ariel Alexovich, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
T: 1 917-367-6512 / E: