Remarks at the 8th Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

Allison Schwier
Acting Science and Technology Advisor
New York, New York
May 3, 2023


Thank you chair.

Now, more than ever in the history of science researchers have at their fingertips an unprecedented wealth of information, knowledge, data, and technology — from continuously orbiting satellites to environmental observatories and even monitoring instruments.

With just a connection to the Internet, scientists, engineers, researchers, and individuals around the world can access information and data.

After COVID-19, it is clearer than ever that these data sets and discoveries have become essential for understanding ways to address some of the most pressing sustainable development challenges.

The United States believes that innovation is a lynchpin for accelerating the achievement of the SDGs by 2030, which requires an international science ecosystem where access to information and data is open, reliable, and secure.

Pairing innovation with existing efforts to boost good governance and resource mobilization will accelerate progress in sustainable development, build stronger relationships, and enhance collaboration.

I cannot overstate the importance of good-faith cooperation based on values we share as scientists: openness, humility, and diversity.

The Biden-Harris Administration has made “Open Science” front and center of their policy agenda by celebrating 2023 as a “Year of Open Science,” a multi-agency initiative across the U.S. federal government which aims to advance the adoption of open, equitable, and secure science.

“Open Science” includes making research products and processes available to all, while respecting diverse cultures, maintaining security and privacy, and fostering collaborations, reproducibility, and equity.

This is not just about science, it is about the future for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Leaving no one behind and overcoming the many distinct and overlapping crises that we face together is the heart of the UN Charter and our work.

U.S. researchers and scientists have and will continue to work with you, across oceans, deserts, and mountains, to learn from and grow from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Connecting with universities, research initiatives, and civil society groups who are seeking to do good is crucial for pushing the boundaries of what is known and advancing our progress towards achieving the SDGs, all while learning from each other and growing together through the inclusion of diverse ideas.

Our goal is simple: to foster strong networks – of countries, companies, and universities – where there is a commitment to conduct science, to design and deploy technology for the benefit of all people, to strengthen open and interoperable systems, and to encourage freedom of thought and expression at the heart of our science, technology, and innovation.

Thank you.