About STI for SDGs Work programme at RIS
The India pilot of the Global Pilot Programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps is being led by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India (PSA) in collaboration with the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) as the knowledge partner. STI for SDGs Roadmaps in India, as decided, would focus on 4 SDGs viz. SDG 2 (Agriculture/nutrition); SDG 3 (Health and wellbeing), SDG 6 (Water and Sanitation) and SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy).
In the spirit of SDG17 (International Partnerships) India proposes to strengthen the UN-Technology Facilitation Mechanism through the pilot programme on STI for SDGs Roadmaps and enhance its global relevance through South-South and Triangular Cooperation with other pilot countries. RIS alongside the Office of the PSA has initiated the dialogue with the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan in this regard based on mutual interests.
Under the STI for SDGs Roadmaps initiative a suggested key deliverable would be to work towards formulating a decision support system for expenditure review on R&D for greater effectiveness in the Indian context. Scoping study in this regard has been initiated. The STI for SDGs mapping activity for the selected SDGs is underway with exchange of ideas between the RIS and the UN-Inter Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs.
Engagement with Line ministries and other Scientific Agencies in India
- RIS has initiated dialogues with relevant line ministries/departments including the NITI Aayog, the New Emerging and Strategic Technologies division of the the MEA, DST, CSIR, ICMR and the TIFAC for deeper insights and leveraging the significant work undertaken by these agencies/ departments – towards achieving a robust STI for SDGs Roadmaps for India.
- RIS has also initiated dialogue with think-tanks in India, Japan and other pilot countries; and has also started making efforts to connect with the private sector.
Recent Participation of RIS team at TFM related workshops/ events
- United Nations – MoST Joint Capacity Building Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals, Guilin, China (December, 2019) – Prof Sachin Chaturvedi (as invited resource person); Dr Nimita Pandey (as participant)
- Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs; Meeting of the IATT and 10-Member group under the TFM in preparation of the Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs 2020 (Vienna, February 2020); Co-organized by DESA, UNCTAD, UNOSD, OOSA, and UNIDO – Dr K Ravi Srinivas (as participant and panelist )
- Smart Specialisation for Sustainable Development Goals: Localise Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps organized by European Commission, Joint Research Centre on 22nd June 2020 - Prof Sachin Chaturvedi (as invited resource person)