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(Part 3) 4th annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
15 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.
10:00-10:05 Brief video message: UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development
10:05 – 11:30 Session 5: A Brighter Future – Youth, Innovation Ecosystems and Development
The session will discuss ways and means of building sustainable innovation ecosystems of the future that are commensurate with the SDG aspirations, including national research and engineering institutions and infrastructures. There will be a focus on the role and perspectives of youth.
11:30 – 13:00 Session 6: STI for inclusive and equitable societies (SDG 10 and SDG 16)
The session will discuss ways and means in which science, technology, and innovation can better support SDG 10 (reducing inequalities) and SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions). In particular, the session will focus on how to achieve inclusive societies in a rapidly changing world. It will identify challenges and needs, good practices and policy recommendations.