Science, Technology and Innovation

Opening of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022

The Transformative Power of science 
Are we doing enough to harness the potential of science and innovation to achieve the SDGs?

When: 19 October 2022 | 14:00 – 15:45 hrs (CEST)

Where: FAO Plenary Hall

Modality: Hybrid


Science and innovation are powerful components of evidence-based decision-making at all levels and key to transforming agrifood systems and achieving the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development positioned Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) as a key means of implementation of the SDGs. In 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) affirmed the need to invest in science and innovation for the SDGs. The landscape of science and innovation is continuously evolving and providing new opportunities for achieving the 2030 Agenda. The opening session of the science and innovation forum with the Chief Scientists of the UN agencies will focus on how science can contribute and provide innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs, with due consideration to social and ethical dimensions, leaving no one behind.

The session will also emphasize the need for coordinated and effective science communication at all levels and reiterate the role of the UN as one of the main sources of consolidated and reliable scientific information for achieving the SDGs and to serve as a neutral platform for continued dialogue on the opportunities and risks associated with technologies and innovations.

The session will be interpreted in all UN languages, online through Airmeet platform, UN web TV and webcast.


14:00 – 14:05
Introduction by the moderator

Magdalena Skipper
Editor-in-Chief, Nature


Qu Dongyu
Director-General, FAO


Keynote speech:
Power of science - Are we doing enough to harness the potential of science and innovation to achieve SDGs?

Ismail Serageldin
Co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC)




14:30 - 15:20










Moderated panel discussion

Magdalena Skipper
Editor-in-Chief, Nature 

Ismahane Elouafi
Chief Scientist, FAO

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, WHO

Najat Mokhtar
Deputy Director General, IAEA

Andrea Hinwood 
Chief Scientist, UNEP

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle 
Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

15:20 – 15:40

Q&A Session

Magdalena Skipper
Editor-in-Chief, Nature


Summary of key messages and recommendations

Magdalena Skipper
Editor-in-Chief, Nature