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    3. Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
      Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

      As requested by the General Assembly resolution 70/1 on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable?Development, the President of ECOSOC will convene the meetings of the STI forum once a year to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The General Assembly also decided that the meetings of the forum will be co-chaired by two Member States and will result in a summary of discussions elaborated by the two co-Chairs.

      STI Forum Timeline
      STI Forum 2020
      STI Forum - 14-15 May 2019
      STI Forum - 5-6 June 2018
      STI Forum - 15-16 May 2017
      STI Forum - 6-7 June 2016
      Online platform
      One of the three components of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism is to develop an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

      Work is now underway to design, develop and operationalize the TFM online platform, including preliminary collection of existing technology applications and initiatives in addressing sustainable development challenges.

      The TFM online platform will:

      • Be used to establish a comprehensive mapping of, and serve as a gateway for, information on existing science, technology and innovation initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, within and beyond the United Nations
      • Facilitate access to information, knowledge and experience, as well as best practices and lessons learned, on science, technology and innovation facilitation initiatives and policies
      • Facilitate the dissemination of relevant open access scientific publications generated worldwide.

      Independent technical assessment for the online platform

      As mandated by the 2030 Agenda, the online platform “will be developed on the basis of an independent technical assessment, which will take into account best practices and lessons learned from other initiatives, within and beyond the United Nations, in order to ensure that it will complement, facilitate access to and provide adequate information on existing science, technology and innovation platforms, avoiding duplications and enhancing synergies.”

      The Interagency task team on STI for the SDGs (“IATT”) and the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community in support of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (“10-Member Group”) undertook consultations and developed Terms of Reference for the independent technical assessment.

      The Terms of Reference noted the IATT’s initial mapping of existing STI initiatives within the UN system (undertaken by IATT) and the development of three broad options for an online platform - with low, medium and high levels of ambition. It called for an independent technical assessment to serve as the basis for the development of the online platform. The assessment was to include sections on (a) architecture, functional requirements and user group; (b) stocktaking, benchmarking, best practices, and lessons learned from existing relevant online platforms, within and beyond the UN system; (c) recommendations on management and governance structure and regular quality control of the platform; and (d) assessment of the benefits and financial costs.

      Terms of Reference for an independent technical assessment on the online platform as part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (PDF)

      Following an open call, experts from the Institutes of Science and Development of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; the Overseas Development Institute, UK; and of DNV GL, the Netherlands, prepared the mandated independent assessment of the online platform. The final report is a consolidated version of the three reports with a joint summary.

      The 10-Member Group examined the assessment report and found it a useful basis for further discussion and action. It should be noted that while Members of the Group agree with a number of important suggestions made in the assessment, there remains a diversity of perspectives on a number of points in the report.

      It is therefore important to note that the views expressed in the assessment report do not necessarily represent the views held or endorsed by the 10-Member Group, the UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs, nor those of the institutions they represent.

      Independent assessment report on the TFM online platform (PDF)

      We invite detailed comments, feedback, and suggestions for how best to move forward with the online platform as mandated by the 2030 Agenda. In particular, please let us know, if you are interested to partner with and contribute to the actual development of the online platform and if so, what role you see yourself playing. Please contact us here before August 31st, 2017.

      Mapping of existing information on technology applications
      To map existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, IATT members are collecting examples of technologies to be included in the online platform such as geospatial information technologies, which are critical to sound decision-making in advancing sustainable development. A preliminary list of technology solutions and applications presented below provides a starting point. Stakeholder engagement in this exercise is critically important.

      As just one example, geospatial technology applications and initiatives play an essential role in decision–making for economic growth, resource management and ecosystem protection. Geospatial technology applications are necessary to overcome local, national and global challenges, and are key tools for the successful attainment of the SDGs, in particular with regard to land management, forest conservation, sustainable agriculture, integrated water resources management, urban planning, disaster risk reduction and response, and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources.
      Demo Version of OLP

      The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology and several other members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (UN-IATT) have established close collaboration on the development and launch of the OLP. A demo version of this OLP has already been completed on 10 May 2018 and available for the access at{%22unfccc%22%3Atrue}
      Announcement on the Global Pilot Programme for STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

      The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) is pleased to announce the launching of the first phase of the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps with an initialgroup of five pilot countries. Under this first phase, roadmaps will be piloted in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya and Serbia. In addition, the European Union and Japan will join the Global Pilot Programme to strengthen international partnerships on STI for SDGs roadmaps. These pilots will be implemented using the guidance of the draft "Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps".

      The results of these pilots will be used to generate lessons that will improve the guidelines. The results of the first pilot phase will be presented at the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, New York, 2021.

      To date, more than 20 countries have expressed interest in joining the programme. They will be accepted into the programme as resources to support their participation become available.

      The programme will have as outputs the guidebook and the development of roadmaps in a number of countries. The guidebook is being developed by STI experts and representatives from UN IATT.

      Science, technology and innovation are critical elements needed by all countries to achieve the SDGs. STI roadmaps for SDGs are policy and planning tools leading to action, without them achieving many of the SDGs will not be possible. They can take diverse forms and are highly adaptable to different country contexts.

      The initiative to develop STI for SDGs roadmaps is being carried out by UN-IATT members including the World Bank, UN-DESA, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UN-ESCAP, ESCWA, WIPO and UNU, among others. Substantial support has been provided by international stakeholders, including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference Series, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Government of Japan. The African Union Commission has expressed support for the implementation of roadmaps in African countries.

      We welcome you to join the discussion on the launch of the STI for SDGs roadmaps pilot programme during the cocktail reception on July 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, 2019, East Lounge, at the occasion of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development being held under the auspices of the United Nations General assembly.

      For more information on the Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps, please contact Mr. Wei Liu, UN-DESA (liuw[at]un.org).

      Online Information Repository for the STI Roadmaps Work

      Note: each STI roadmap listed in the document will be categorized into the specific sustainable goals it is targeting on.

      I. About the Information Repository for STI Roadmaps for SDGs:

      As one of the key deliverables of the Roadmap workstream of UN Inter-agency Task Team, an online information repository platform below is created by compiling and making available a selection of STI or STI related roadmaps from organizations and agencies both within the UN system and beyond. The purpose of such a platform is to foster an efficient and effective access to and exchange of information among stakeholders on recent work that is supportive of the development of STI roadmaps for SDGs. With this aim, this platform will become an online resourceful portal on the state of STI policy setting frameworks and will contribute to enhancing the capacity of member states in integrating STI in development processes.

      II. Draft Guidebook for the Preparation of STI for SDGs Roadmaps

      The primary focus of this work is to support the countries and exchange views on a common guidance, principles and possible frameworks/ methodologies for country and international level STI roadmaps for the SDGs. To these ends, the team led by DESA and the World Bank, supports a collective effort by a group of champion countries and through a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach among the UN Inter-agency Task Team, non-UN partners and stakeholders.

      Following over one year’s preparation and consultations, the latest version of the Guidebook on Development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs is available. To further facilitate the implementation of the Guidebook, DESA prepared the Operational Note based on the Guidebook on the STI roadmaps.

      Our near-term goal is to prepare the 1st Edition of the Guidebook and its Operational Note, reflecting comments and feedback received as well as incorporating lessons from early experiences of pilot countries, before the fifth Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, 12-13 May 2020 in New York.

      The Guidebook and the Operational Note will be living documents, periodically updated to reflect country pilot experiences, as more countries embark on designing and implementing STI for SDGs roadmaps over the next years. We welcome your contributions, engagement and feedback throughout the process.

      III. Proposed Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for SDGs:

      The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team proposes to establish a Global Pilot Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs. Based on your involvement in the consultative process on the initiative, we would like to seek your interest to participate as pilot countries in this Programme. The confirmed pilot countries will be invited to the next key events on the STI Roadmaps where the countries would present the 1st phase of the Global Pilot Programme. For more information about the proposed programme, please see:

      IV. Reference List for the STI Roadmaps:
      A. References from UN Agencies:
      1. DESA and the World Bank
      2. UNCCD:
      3. UNCTAD:
      4. UNDG:
      5. UN Women:
      6. World Bank/UN-DESA:
      7. UNDP:
      8. UNECA:
      9. UNESCWA:
      10. UNEP:
      11. UNESCO:
      12. UN Water
      13. ITU:
      14. CELAC and FAO:
      15. WIPO:
      16. WHO:
      17. World Bank:
      18. IMF:
      III. References from Non-UN Agencies: a. Other Intergovernmental Organizations:
      19. International Energy Agency:
      20. OECD:
      21. African Union:
      22. European Union:
      b. Other non-UN entities
      23. University of Cambridge:
      24. WBCSD:
      25. International Science Council,
      26. IREA:
      27. ICEF:
      28. IIASA:
      29. JST:
      30. International Development Research Centre
      31. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
      32. World Federation of Engineering Organizations
      10-Member Group to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism


      Prof. Huadong Guo (China)
      Chairman of Academic Committee, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,
      Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

      Dr. Agnes Lawrence Kijazi (United Republic of Tanzania)
      Director General,
      Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA)

      Dr. Michiharu Nakamura (Japan)
      Senior Advisor (Former President),
      Japan Science and Technology Agency

      Dr. ?pela Stres (Slovenia)
      Director of Innovation and Technology Transfer Center for Jo?ef Stefan Institute

      Dr. Ada Yonath (Israel)
      Director and Nobel Laureate,
      the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science

      Dr. Heide Hackmann (South Africa)
      Chief Executive Director,
      International Science Council

      Dr. José Ramón López-Portillo Romano (Mexico)
      Q Element Ltd.

      Dr. Anne-Christine Ritschkoff (Finland)
      Senior Advisor VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

      Dr. Vaughan Turekian (USA)
      Senior Director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

      Dr. Paulo Gadelha (Brazil)
      Coordinator of the FIOCRUZ Strategy for the 2030 Agenda,
      Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ)

      UN Interagency Task Team

      The UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs is initially composed of the entities that currently integrate the informal working group on technology facilitation, namely, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNIDO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNCTAD, the International Telecommunication Union, WIPO and the World Bank. It will be open to the participation of all United Nations agencies, funds and programmes and the functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

      DESA and UNEP are the initiators of the Group.

      Terms of Reference:

      Issues Brief:
      Background Papers:
      Work Streams:

      W1 W2 W3 W4 W5
      W6 W7 W8 W9 W10

      Members of the Inter-agency Task Team

      IATT Coordinators

      Mr. Wei Liu
      Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
      Address: United Nations Secretariat Building, Room S-2660, New York, NY 10017, USA

      Mr. Angel Gonzalez Sanz
      Head, Science Technology and ICT Branch
      Science, Technology, and ICT Branch
      Division on Technology and Logistics
      United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
      Palais des Nations, E 7077 | 1211 Geneva 10 | Switzerland

      Alternate Coordinator:
      Mr. Olivier Combe
      UNCTAD New York Office
      DC-2 suite 1127 | 44th Street, New York, NY 10017, USA
      UNDESA Covid
      Paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development announced the launch of a "Technology Facilitation Mechanism" (TFM) in order to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The TFM will facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders.

      The TFM has three components:

      A United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), including the 10-Member Group of representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community
      A collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)
      An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs

      Figure below summarized the key mechanisms on science, technology and innovation and mapped the main channels for engaging multi-stakeholders in the UN process.

      Figure: Mapping Key Mechanisms on Science, Technology and Innovation under the 2030 Agenda

      Source: DESA/DSDG adopted from InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Report on Improving Scientific Input to Global
      Policymaking with a Focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2019, accessed January 15th 2020:

      Events and Reports
      Events and Reports
      Organization Date News and Events
      UNCTAD 08-12 May 2017 Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Twentieth Session
      23 - 25 January 2017 CSTD inter-sessional panel, Geneva, Switzerland
      UNDESA 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs
      15-16 May 2017 2nd STI Forum, New York (IATT)
      15 May 2017 Click here to watch the STI Forum Press Briefing
      March 2017 Meeting of foundations and other STI funders, New York (ICSU, DESA)
      March 2017 Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for advancing the Agenda 2030 with focus on health, Rio de Janeiro (Fiocruz)
      March 2017 Technology roadmaps for the SDGs, Vienna, Austria (DESA, UNEP, IIASA and 10-MG)
      25-26 January 2017 Expert Group Meeting for the 10-Member Group on Preparing for the 2017 STI Forum and the online platform assessment, Paris, France (ICSU, DESA and UNEP)
      13-14 December 2016 Global Solutions Summit 2016, Arkansas, USA
      6-8 December 2016 Expert Group Meeting on exponential technological change, and their policy implications in Middle Income Countries, Mexico
      UNEP 16 September 2016 Workshop on Technology-Trade Nexus for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris, France
      UNESCAP 27-28 October 2016 Science and technology forum in Seoul, South Korea
      UNESCO 10 November 2016 The 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development
      UNIDO 27-30 March 2017 Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit, Paris-Sorbonne University, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
      January – March 2017 UNIDO-UNEP 5th Global Network Conference on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production
      1-30 January 2017 UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network Regional (CTCN) Forum, Caribbean
      30 November - 2 December 2016 UNIDO-UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Regional Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras
      30 November - 7 December 2016 UNIDO Institute Professional Programme – Sustainable Energy Solutions, Energy Academy Europe, Zernike Campus, Groningen, Netherlands
      22 November 2016 A global vision for the future of manufacturing: GMIS roundtable workshop, Vienna, Austria
      World Bank Group 16 November 2016 Launch of the Climate Business Innovation Network, at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco
      9-11 November 2016 The 10th Global Symposium on ICT use in Education, “4th Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Learning: Transition to Digital,” Seoul, South Korea co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Education, the World Bank and UNESCO
      8 November 2016 GEO Plenary XIII Side Event, Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
      3-4 November 2016 Funding Science and Technology in Africa and Developing Regions: A joint Workshop of the World Bank and Research Funding Councils, in Washington DC, USA
      1 November 2016 World Bank Geospatial Day in Washington DC, USA
      13 October 2016 USAID/3ie roundtable on Evidence Gap Map and Systematic Review on STIP (science, technology, innovation and partnership) in Washington DC, USA
      In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) called for identifying options for a technology facilitation mechanism , in its outcome document A/RES/66/288 - The Future We Want.

      Member States continued discussions on the way forward, in particular in the form of eight “workshops” and “structured dialogues” convened by the President of the General Assembly in 2013 and 2014. In line with Resolution A/RES/68/310 and Resolution A/RES/69/214 para 12 , the Secretary-General proposed in paragraph 125 of his Synthesis Report to take into account the recommendations emerging from the structured dialogues, specifically to “establish an online, global platform building on and complementing existing initiatives, and with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.” In order to support the Secretary General’s proposal, the Interagency Working Group on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism (IAWG) was initiated by the DESA and UNEP at the end of 2014. The group is open for participation by all ECESA Plus entities. At present it comprises DESA, UNEP, UNIDO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, ITU, WIPO, and the World Bank Group.

      The group’s work is structured around four work streams where it identified opportunities to collectively achieve greater impact within the scope of existing mandates:

      1. the mapping of existing the technology facilitation initiatives including support for policy formulation and strengthening of technological capabilities and innovation systems;
      2. identifying areas of synergy and areas of possible cooperation within the UN system on technology-related work;
      3. developing options for a possible online knowledge hub and information-sharing platform; and
      4. cooperating with relevant stakeholders on building STI capacity building.

      In this connection, two side events have being organized by the IAWG: one in June 2015 in New York during the Post-2015 Development Agenda negotiation, and one in July 2015 in Addis Ababa during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The primary objectives of the first event were to brief Member States and other stakeholders on the progress to date of the IAWG on the mapping exercise, the development for options for an online platform, and on enhancing coordination and coherence of UN system capacity building work on science, technology and innovation. The second event presented a joint interagency statement endorsed by eight Heads of Agencies, and focused on how the United Nations system is prepared to coordinate its initiatives including capacity-building efforts on science, technology and innovation in support of the sustainable development goals.

      Member States have clearly indicated in the OWG proposal and the FfD process that technology development, dissemination and transfer and the strengthening of scientific and technological capabilities of all countries represent key elements of the Means of Implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda includes a decision to establish a technology facilitation mechanism which would be launched at the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism comprises a multi-stakeholder forum on STI for the SDGs; an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs; and a UN interagency task team on STI for the SDGs which will promote coordination, coherence, and cooperation within the UN System on STI related matters, enhancing synergy and efficiency, in particular to enhance capacity building initiatives. The platform will also engage stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community.

      Given the Science Technology Innovation-related decisions contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the IAWG now reconstitutes as the Inter-Agency Task Team, stands ready to support pro-actively Member States’ ambitions to establish the envisaged technology facilitation mechanism, and consider how best to reach out to other partners in what must become a truly multi-stakeholder endeavour going forward. A strengthened UN system interagency working group, or task team, on STI for the SDGs together with strong multi-stakeholder engagement could play an important role in effective delivery, in support of the future implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.
      Recommendations of the Secretary General Report A/67/348

      The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/66/288 of 27 July 2012 which endorsed the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”. Paragraph 273 of this resolution requests “relevant United Nations agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism that promotes the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies” and requests me to “make recommendations regarding the facilitation mechanism to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly”. The report summarizes recent trends, provides an overview of the proposals received and outlines my recommendations for the functions, format, and working methods of a technology facilitation mechanism, as well as on a potential process forward to improved technology facilitation.

      Suggestions by UN organizations

      All fifty-three UN organizations of ECESA Plus were invited to make proposals on the functions, format and working methods of a potential technology facilitation mechanism, to outline their contributions to such mechanism, and to indicate partners they considered essential to be involved. Twenty-two organizations and bodies provided contributions/suggestions, ECA, ECE, ESCAP, ECLAC, ESCWA, DESA, IAEA, IMO, ITU, OHRLLS, UNCDF, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNDP, UN-Women, UNEP, World Bank, WIPO, and WTO. More material will be posted here in due course

      Rio+20 Compilation Document

      Over 200 of the submissions made the Rio+20 compilation document contain various proposals on science and technology for sustainable development. In particular, the following stakeholders listed below made significant proposals in this area.

      Political Groups

      Group of 77 and China, EU, CARICOM, Pacific Island Forum, PSIDS Regional preparatory meetings:Africa Region, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Asia and the Pacific Region, Arab Region, Europe Region

      Member States

      Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria (EU submission), Belarus, Belgium (EU submission), Benin, Bolivia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria (EU submission), Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, China (Beijing Symposium), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Holy See (Observer State), Honduras (Workshop on Sustainable Tourism), Hungary, Iceland, India, India (Delhi Ministerial Dialogue), Indonesia (with Bandung Declaration as an annex of its input), Ireland, Israel (national and Meeting on Greening Agriculture), Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Singapore (Regional 3R Forum in Asia), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (Preparatory Conference “Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Water Cooperation Issues”), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

      UN system and IGOs

      A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO, UNDP), Advisory Group of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), Alpine Convention, Asian Development Bank, Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, ECESA Plus Cluster on Social Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-Agency Consultative Group for SIDS, Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), Inter-Parliamentary Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Olympic Committee to the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International),.South Centre, Specialist Group on Soils and Desertification of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI) of the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), UN Interagency Committee for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC DESD), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), UN-Water, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations Development Group (UNDG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Global Compact, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population Division (DESA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), United Nations SG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Trade Organization (WTO).

      Major groups - consensus documents

      Scientific and Technical Community; Local Authorities (ICLEI, C40, nrg4SD, ECO-City Builders, and UCGL); Women; Children and Youth; Workers and Trade Unions (International Trade Union Federation); Farmers; Business and Industry (Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012); Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Information Network);

      Major groups - selected individual docs

      Categories: Academic Institutions, Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Coalitions and Partnerships, Foundation, Indigenous People, Scientific Community, Women. Groups: Third World Network, Stakeholder Forum, WWF, CIEL, Eurostep, Earth Institute, ICTSD, Arab NGO Network for Development, Climate Action Network International, DAWN, ICTSD, Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis, RESO-CLIMAT Cameroun, C40, Eco-Accord, Commons Action for the UN, INFORSE, Sustain US, 350.org, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Business and Industry, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, PDMA, World Resources Forum, Asia Pacific Youth, European Youth Meeting, China Youth, European Students' Forum, ETC Group, 21st Century Clusters, AGEDI, Alzheimer's Disease International, APRN, Boston University (Pardee Center), Information Habitat, CONFEA, Oikos, Chinese Civil Society Organizations.
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