UCD statement to the sixth annual multi-stakeholder forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (UN STI Forum). Session 6 – Supporting National Capacities through the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM).

Sixth annual Science, Technology and Innovation Forum for the SDGs (4-5 May 2021): The theme of the STI Forum 2021 is: “Science, technology and innovation for a sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and effective pathways of inclusive action towards the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Forum will discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs, congregating all relevant stakeholders to actively contribute in their area of expertise. 

Full programmehere

All sessions/special events will be streamed live on UN Webcasthttp://webtv.un.org/ 

Patrick Paul Walsh will make a statement on statement to session 6 of the sixth annual multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) that will be held from 4-5 May 2021.

Patrick Paul Walsh, a Professor of International Development Studies in University College Dublin in Ireland, a Senior Advisor to UN SDSN, and member of The Scientific and Technological Community Major Group at the United Nations.

Session 6: Supporting national capacities through the TFM: 16:00 – 16:50 PM (EDT) May 5th 2021.

This session will present how the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) can support national capacities, including through United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT)’s joint work in supporting the development and roll-out of STI policy frameworks, STI action plans and the STI roadmaps (IATT work stream 9); gender and STI efforts (IATT work stream 8); and capacity-building for STI ministries (IATT work stream 6). During this session the panelists will present national and regional initiatives related to design and review of STI for SDG roadmaps and related policy actions, including regarding gender and STI. The session will also discuss potential support to strengthen international partnerships in the area of STI capacity-building for SDGs achievement.


  • H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations


  • Mr. Michiharu Nakamura, Senior Advisor (Former President), Japan Science and Technology Agency (TFM 10-Member Group)


  • Ms. Yuliia Bezvershenko, Director General, Directorate on Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science, Ukraine
  • Ms. Samia Charfi Kaddour, Director-General Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
  • Ms. Cynthia Asare Bediako, Chief Director, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ghana

Interactive discussion ( including stakeholder statements) (30 mins)

  • Mr. Fuxiang He, Counselor, China
  • Ms. Peggy Oti-boateng, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building of the Natural Science Sector, UNESCO
  • H.E. Mr. Luis Lam, Permanent Representative, Guatemala
  • Mr. Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Kimura, Ambassador, Japan
  • Mr. Angel Gonzalez Sanz, Head, STI Policy Branch, UNCTAD