Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for implementing the SDGs
In September, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that comprise of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs provide the universal goals to the issues the world including Japan and the humanity faces. The goals and targets of the SDGs are relevant to the implementation of Super Smart Society, "Society 5.0", set by the 6th Science, Technology, and Innovation Basic Plan as a major pillar of the Japan's Plan for Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens for the strategic growth as well as to the basic principle of our international cooperation.
The First annual Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDG (STI Forum) was held on 6-7 June 2016, at the UN Headquarters in New York, aiming to address how the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) could contribute to the implementation of the SDGs ("STI for SDGs"). It is highly expected that, to achieve the SDGs, the STI play an indispensable role by resolving various emerging issues we face and by providing scientific data and analysis for better political decision.
It is indeed crucial that all stakeholders from government, universities, research agencies and institutes, NGOs and private sectors, etc. take transformative steps in a holistic manner toward STI for SDGs. As Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) promotes not only the research and development (R&D) but also plans R&D strategies as well as enhance science communication, science education and open data, we are taking inclusive initiatives nationally and internationally for achieving the SDGs.