Research and innovation as drivers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Research and innovation are important factors in reducing poverty and global risks. In collaboration with KFPE the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held a second research fair on 9 November in Bern.

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The 2016 Research Fair was an opportunity for exchange between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

How can research help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the international community has set itself? How can we establish appropriate partnerships? What dilemmas do actors face in implementing the goals? What approaches are best suited to alleviate social, environmental and economic needs? How can we measure progress on the 2030 Agenda?

These were the questions that occupied researchers from Swiss institutions and state and non-state development stakeholders at this year's Research Fair held at the SDC's building in Bern on 9 November. Visitors then had the opportunity to browse the stands presenting 15 research topics, from innovation platforms to rapid response during crises, addressing issues such as water, food security, language and urbanisation.

"To deal with the complex challenges facing the global development agenda we will need to embrace new ways of thinking and working. And the research community has much to contribute in that regard", said SDC director general Manuel Sager. "Connecting science and policy at all levels will be crucial if we want to succeed in achieving the SDGs," he added. "At the national level, too, we will need to devise policy options that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development".

  • Research Fair 2016 with SDC Director M. Sager
  • Research Fair16 Overview 1
  • Research Fair Overview2
  • Research Fair 2016 - Exchange at stands
  • Research Fair Overview 3
  • Panel with Kitty van der Heijden, Melchior Lengsfeld, Odile Keller, Isabel Günther and Laurent Goetschel
  • Panel at Research Fair 2016
  • Research Fair 2016 with SDC Director M. Sager1/7
  • Research Fair16 Overview 12/7
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  • Research Fair 2016 - Exchange at stands4/7
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  • Panel with Kitty van der Heijden, Melchior Lengsfeld, Odile Keller, Isabel Günther and Laurent Goetschel6/7
  • Panel at Research Fair 20167/7
Short video-clips about the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda (2016)
Detailed Version of the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda (2016)

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