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Munir Akram, (ECOSOC President) at the opening of the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation 2021
4 May 2021 -  Opening remarks by Munir Akram, seventy-sixth President of the Economic and Social Council and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, at the opening of the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation 2021.

- Welcome and Opening
- Session 1: STI Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Special event: Dialogue between the outgoing and incoming 10-Member Group

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The Sixth Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2021).

The theme for 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 collaborative Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) is convened annually by the President of ECOSOC and expected to “discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the sustainable development goals, congregating all relevant stakeholders to actively contribute in their area of expertise.” It will “provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multistakeholder 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”.