The third Science Technology and Innovation (STI) forum will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 5,6 June 2018. The STI forum next year will discuss SDGs 6,7,11,12 and 15. This also aligns with the SDGs taken into evaluation in the UN calendar events like ECOSOC youth forum and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in the coming year. Last year, the SDGs considered were 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14. The evaluation of the SDGs this year will build up on that and follow a similar process.
STI forum, also known as the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs is an important event of the UN calendar and is a part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. As requested by the General Assembly resolution 70/1 on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of ECOSOC convenes the meetings of the STI forum once a year to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It intends to, "provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the sustainable development goals." It also acts as a gateway to gather information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.
The planning meetings for the 2018 forum was held in Republic of South Korea from 29th November to 1st December 2017. United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth has already sent across the recommendations and its positions to the planning phase to ensure the inputs from the youth are taken into account in setting up this annual gathering of the stakeholders from science, technology and innovation community.