UN Member States agreed that the online
platform will “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” and “facilitate the dissemination of
relevant open access scientific publications generated worldwide”.
The operationalization of the Online
Platform is supported by 43 UN agencies working together under the
umbrella of the IATT (Inter-Agency Task Team), and the
multi-stakeholder group of 10 experts appointed by the Secretary
General, as part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism or TFM.
Since 2016, the annual STI Forum has
convened stakeholders from across the world who have shared their
knowledge, technology solutions and innovations for accelerating
progress towards the SDGs. Many have also participated in expert
level meetings and discussions towards these ends, and have share
their web-platforms that help to access their resources.