Science, technology and innovation can be catalysts for achieving the sustainable development goals.
Whether its scaling renewable energy solutions, offering new options for sustainable production or developing better, more accessible health responses, policy-makers now have powerful tools to design and plan strategies to overcome some of the world's biggest challenges. Yet, as with any opportunity, there are risks.
Considering the rapid pace of technological change, we see a need to think through what is required to guide these advances in a way that ensures the social, economic and environmental benefits are as inclusive as possible.
What must be done to ensure that the potential offered by science, technology and innovation towards achieving the SDGs is ultimately realized?
In the context of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the CSTD Dialogue brings together leaders and experts to address this question and contribute to rigorous thinking on the opportunities and challenges of STI in several crucial areas including gender equality, food security and poverty reduction.
Space and the profusion of data – the new development frontier?
Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Technology and Logistics
Using CRISPR technologies to help fight COVID-19
Feng Zhang, Biochemist with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
The role of artificial intelligence in healthcare
Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent
Access to Space for All
Simonetta Di Pippo, Head of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
The Future Will Not Take Care of Itself
David Autor, MIT Department of Economics
Building Capacity to Govern Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
John Mugabe, Professor of Science and Innovation Policy, Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria
Challenges in Nigeria, to attract more girls and women to STEM career
Francisca Nneka Okeke, Director, ICCSEE-UNN
Opportunities and challenges facing farmers in developing countries in accessing scientific knowledge and technologies for food security
Carlos Correa, Executive Director, South Centre
Modern Science and its Technologies are a Cause and a Cure for Contemporary Poverty
Arnoldo K Ventura, Secretary and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science and Technology Committee (CSTIC)
The UN came of age with the nuclear bomb. Time for it to step up to the AI era
Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics (UNCTAD)
Globalisation, automation and the history of work: Looking back to understand the future
Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics at The Graduate Institute, Geneva and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org
Geo-information technology, wicked policy problems, and global development
Yola Georgiadou, Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, The Netherlands
The need for an International Technology Assessment
Miltos Ladikas, Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
CRISPR and the sustainable development goals
Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
Equality and Status of Women in Research: Funding Agencies on the Spotlight
Roshni Abedin and Dorothy Ngila, Co-chairs of the Global Research Council, Gender Working Group
Deploying Disruptive Innovations for the SDGs
Alfred Watkins, Chairman of the Global Solutions Summit, Senior Advisor to the Global Technology Deployment Initiative and Senior Director of the P80 Group Foundation.
An opportunity for ethical capitalism that comes once in a century
Carlota Perez, Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
How renewable energy can provide energy access and entrepreneurship opportunities for women?
Olasimbo Sojinrin, Nigeria Country Director, Solar Sister
How gendered innovations can help make technology safe and effective for all
Londa Schiebinger, Professor of History of Science, and Director of Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment, Stanford University
A principled approach to Artificial Intelligence
Cedric Villani, French mathematician and politician
Technology Breakthroughs to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Shashi Buluswar, CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies
Inequalities and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Susan E. Cozzens, Georgia Institute of Technology
The interdisciplinary imperative of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Governance
Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab