The UN has launched an online platform to promote science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
2030 Connect seeks to provide policy makers, practitioners, students, members of civil society, and other stakeholders with a one-stop-shop for identifying expertise and networks of the UN system and its partners. The platform provides a cross-platform search function and feature stories with links to science and technology resources. Users can search material based on: publications and knowledge resources; technology solutions; financial resources and matchmaking; and capacity development and others.
2030 Connect is an initiative of the Inter-Agency Task Team, which is a network of UN agencies working to advance science, technology and innovation for sustainable development through the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. Paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development called for the launch of a “Technology Facilitation Mechanism” (TFM) to support SDG implementation. The TFM was launched in September 2015.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DESA/DSDG) oversees 2030 Connect, which was created in partnership with the UN Office for Information and Communication Technology (OICT). 2030 Connect was launched on the sidelines of the 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).