TIPC is examining how Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) intersects with the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is the role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in reaching the SDGs? STI is embedded specifically in Goal 9, however, the United Nations’ emphasis and narrative is on STI being front and centre in the delivery of the remaining SDGs. A new transformative foundation for STI must be built to guide countries along new alternative paths of sustainable, equitable development.
The ‘how-to’ is the crux of the challenge. Addressing the climate emergency and tackling burgeoning social disparities are the conundrums of our century. With so many interlinking systems – food, health, energy, education, sanitation, finance, transport, construction – all playing their part in the worsening crisis, the Global Goals represent an aim to strive towards. Experimentation, evaluation and scaling-up to find new ways to get there is what the TIP approach is about.