Regional Consultation on Achieving SDGs through Sector focused STI Policies

Co-organizer Description: 
Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)
Ministry of Science and Technology of the Royal Thai Government
Event Date: 
27 Aug 2018 to 28 Aug 2018
Event Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand
Events Description: 


Science, technology and innovation (STI) are widely recognized as the critical means for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Technology is a game changer when leveraged effectively. Technology can also help countries to leapfrog in development and bridge gaps between technologically advanced developed economies and countries with special needs. New and emerging ICT applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence, 3-D printing are bringing a radical shift in healthcare, education, energy services, agriculture, and environmental monitoring and protection applications. ICT applications in renewable energy sector also offer promising solutions to efficient management of energy through smart grids, industrial automation processes that optimizes performance and so on. These applications are helping countries to become more energy secure and less dependent on fossil fuels thereby reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Panelists and experts deliberated on how SDGs could be achieved through innovative sector-focused STI policies, especially in renewable energy and ICT sectors. The deliberations focussed on various challenges standing in the way of effective implementation of such policies and mitigating actions. Experts and panelists proposed policy recommendations at sectoral levels to advance implementation of relevant SDGs as well as strategies for fostering regional cooperation on technology transfer in renewable energy and ICT sectors.

Background Note and Agenda


Principles and Methodologies for STI Strategy Development – Experiences and Best Practices from Republic of Korea, Dr. Jeong Hyop Lee, STIPI, Thailand

STI and Technology Transfer for Inclusive Development, Ms. Michiko Enomoto, APCTT-ESCAP

Multi-sectoral STI Policy Coordination for achieving SDGs – Perspectives from ASEAN, Ms. Cheong Lee Sing, ASEAN Secretariat 

Policy Opportunities to Incentivise Innovation for Renewable Energy, Mr. Michael Williamson, ESCAP  

Policy and Regulatory Environment for Development and Transfer of Renewable Energy Technologies, Ms. Aparat Mahakhant, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR), Thailand

Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy – Perspectives from The Philippines, Mr. Edgar Garcia, Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), The Philippines

Renewable Energy Cooperation-Network for the Asia Pacific (RECAP) for Promoting Knowledge Sharing and Partnerships, Mr. Krishnan S. Raghavan, APCTT-ESCAP

Asia Pacific Information Superhighway: Powering Frontier Technologies for Achieving the SDGs, Mr. Matthew Perkins, ESCAP

Promoting Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia in R&D on Information and Communication Technologies, Mr. Nobuyuki Asai, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Thailand 

ICT Applications for achieving SDGs in Sri Lanka, Mr. WJLS Fernando, National Engineering Research and Development Centre (NERDC), Sri Lanka

Advanced ICT Applications for Manufacturing Industries – Experience from Malaysia, Ms. Nur Zuriany Zaki, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Malaysia

Promoting Thai Startups for Sustainable Development, Mr. Damien Durand, True Corporation Plc., Thailand

Promoting Sectoral Innovation Through Regional Collaborative Networks – Perspectives from APCTT-ESCAP, Mr. Satyabrata Sahu, APCTT-ESCAP

Technology Transfer and Commercialization – Private Sector Perspectives, Ms. Sawita Sarah Tinsuntisook, Federation of Thai Industries, Thailand