Call for Innovations: United Nation’s STI Forum 2019   

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The United Nations Department of Economic Affairs, in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), has initiated its 2019 Call for Innovations to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call, which is open from 6-29 March, is open for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and sustainability change agents worldwide to submit their workable solutions for SDG implementation, especially those focused on one of the five goals below, which will be reviewed at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN.


The selected innovators will be invited to participate in the 2019 STI Forum at UN Headquarters in New York on May 14 and 15. This year the focus of the STI Forum will be on the following five SDGs:

This year’s Call for Innovations is hosted on a GIE Custom site and will use GIE’s innovation profiles as applications for the contest. These innovation profiles help social entrepreneurs share their accomplishments and milestones, making it easier to tell the innovation’s story while fundraising and securing other support to scale its impact. Additionally, since these profiles are automatically showcased on GIE’s global database, they bring additional opportunities for the participating innovators such as consideration GIE’s new Innovation Finder Service

“We are honored to support this Call for Innovations because it aligns with our mission to support global development innovations in their scaling journeys by bringing them new opportunities,” says Sweta Govani, Lead for Global Innovation Exchange 

The purpose of this Call for Innovations is to support existing innovative solutions that have successfully gone through a proof of concept by creating networks and communities among people who are developing technological innovations, those who can support or scale up such innovations, and those who need such innovations in order to implement the SDGs. Innovations are sought from diverse backgrounds, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, and open collaborative networks. 

Innovations can be submitted before 29 March 2019 via Global Innovation Exchange at https://stiforum4sdgs.globalinnovationexchange.org.