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UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum wraps up with Latvian help

On 4–5 May 2021, the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum convened in a virtual session co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, Ambassador Mohammad Koba, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release. 

The Science, Technology and Innovation Forum brought together representatives from governments, the UN system and other international organisations, the private sector, non-governmental organisations as well as scientists, researchers and innovators. In interactive sessions, the participants discussed the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, making use of science, technologies and innovations to reach and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the influence of rapid development of technology, inclusiveness, digital cooperation and promoting cooperation in the framework of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

Commenting on the forum and subjects it addressed, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovičs said that experience with the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated to people across the globe how important science, technologies and innovations are for addressing challenges and strengthening resilience and that he hada wanted to place a particular emphasis on the role of women and the need for inclusiveness.

“I’m happy that Anna Andersone, who shared the experience of Riga TechGirls, was invited to take part in the forum,” Pildegovičs said.

Anna Andersone, CEO of Riga TechGirls, took part in the event of the forum on promoting inclusiveness in the process of creating and generating innovations. In her intervention, Ms Andersone underlined that the creation of a secure, supportive and inclusive environment for women to explore technologies could help unlock the untapped potential of women, encouraging them to get involved in the ICT sector or bringing forth innovations in other areas of professional activity.  

For further information, see the STI Forum’s website at https://sdgs.un.org/tfm/STIForum2021.

Video recordings of the sessions are available on UN Web TV at http://webtv.un.org

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