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Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships - key elements for supporting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

How can innovation and Public-Private Partnerships contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? This will be at the centre of the debates at the session of the UNECE Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP), from 23 to 25 May at the Palais des Nations.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 specifically calls for countries to upgrade technological capabilities and support technology development by encouraging innovation, increasing research and development and supporting a policy environment conducive to industrial diversification and increased value addition to commodities.

Supporting Goal 9, the UNECE’s Innovation Performance Reviews (IPR) provide specific advice to countries seeking to upgrade technological capabilities across various sectors as well as to boost investment in technology and research and development, in support of economic diversification as well as a range of other social and environmental objectives and thus many more SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goal 17 highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of all the Goals. On this front, the UNECE’s guiding principles for good governance in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) can accelerate access to the means of implementation for achieving the Goals.

During the tenth session of the CICPPP, member States will discuss the role of the Committee in supporting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Panellists and delegates will discuss how the UNECE’s new, updated guiding principles for good governance in PPPs support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its focus on people, planet and prosperity; and how innovation policies can contribute to achieving national priorities for sustainable development, among others. The Committee is likely to provide recommendations to strengthen and expand the UNECE’s work in these areas. The substantive session of CICPPP will end on 24 May and the concluding session of the CICPPP will be held on 25 May at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

For more information, please contact: michiko.enomoto@unece.org