Professor Shyama Ramani and Dr. Eduardo Urias from UNU-MERIT spoke in a side event of the First Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 6-7 June 2016. The focus of the side event was on three sectors that are key to development: 1) food, 2) medicines, and 3) water and sanitation. In her opening speech, Prof. Ramani raised the need for a holistic “systems” approach in order to get even close to achieving the SDGs. Dr. Urias focused on access to medicines, and the role of science, technology and innovation in improving the acceptability, affordability and availability of drugs for pandemics, such as HIV/AIDS. Other issues raised in the event include upgrading technology to improve sanitation, the role of biotech in combating hunger, and how SMEs can enable inclusive growth.
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