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(Part 2) 4th annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
14 May 2019 -  The Forum will have sessions dedicated to SDGs in focus of 2019 HLPF (see above) and a number of crosscutting issues, including rapid technological change, STI for SDG roadmaps, youth and women perspective, and harnessing indigenous knowledge.
The opening session should set the general tone for the STI Forum, while the concluding session should discuss recommendations and key messages for the Co-Chairs’ summary and set out expectations for the STI Forum in future years. The STI Forum and its sessions aim to be as interactive as possible, to explore innovative seating arrangements, use of different media (videos, and visualizations) and to feature side events, innovations exhibits and affiliated events contributing to the discussions.
The Secretariat will be responsible for overall coordination and preparation of the STI Forum, and for planning the opening and closing sessions. Members of the IATT and the 10-Member Group will selfnominate to join sub-groups to organize the sessions. The organizers of each session will prepare a concept note, identify and issue invitations to potential speakers, and plan the use of different media and discussion formats. The co-chairs of IATT and of the 10-Member Group will ensure coherent approaches across sessions.
15:00 – 16:00 Session 7: STI for taking action to combat climate change and its impacts. (SDG 13)
The session will discuss ways and means in which science, technology, and innovation can better support SDG 13 on addressing anthropogenic climate change. This may include aspects of international cooperation, capacity-building, and the facilitation of development, scaling up, adoption, and dissemination of climate-relevant 8 technologies. The session will identify challenges and needs, good practices and policy recommendations.
16:00 – 17:00 Session 8: Linking science, technology and innovation of indigenous peoples, culture and traditional knowledge and the achievement of the SDGs
This session will discuss how to harness indigenous and traditional knowledge and local technologies relevant to the achievement of the SDGs. It will also present recommendations on how better highlight and mainstream the role of indigenous knowledge.
17:00 –18:00 Session 9: Supporting the implementation of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism – the way forward for joint action – and closing
This session will present a number of initiatives from across the world (including the on-line platform) that support the science-based, solution-oriented, multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) including discussions on broadening their impacts and making them self-sustaining, lessons learnt and ways forward.