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International forum will gather specialists to discuss social technology and innovation


Fiocruz News Agency


The applications are open for the 1st International Forum on Social Technology and Innovation for People and The Planet, which will occur from July 19th to 21st in Salvador. The event, which will be hybrid, will gather representatives from Fiocruz, the United Nations (UN), the government of Portugal and European Union, among others, to discuss, mainly, social technology and innovation within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is organized by the Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda (EFA 2030), the Atlantic International Research Centre (Air Centre), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Brazil (FAO Brazil), sponsored by Fiocruz Support Foundation (Fiotec). At the end of the forum, the Salvador Charter will be approved to constitute the Support Network for Social Technology for People and the Planet.

To register and check the schedule, click here.

According to the coordinator of EFA 2030, Paulo Gadelha, the event aims at creating a permanent network directed towards prioritizing social technology in the effort of accomplishing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Stemming from that, he states, the “1st International Forum On Social Technology And Innovation For People And The Planet will debate, besides conceptual aspects, the enablers and barriers to the development of social technologies; the promotion of protagonism in communities in the process of innovation and formulation of policies, citizen science and shared governance; and the interaction of these subjects with technological borders, the applicability and connections with public policies”.

The president of Fiocruz, Nísia Trindade Lima, will participate in the opening and will be a lecturer on the discussion State-of-the-art and social technologies in Health, mediated by Paulo Gadelha. The debaters will be Xiaolan Fu, from Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University, United Kingdom; Adélia Maria Carvalho, from the Secretariat of Health of the State of Bahia, Brazil; and Naomar de Almeida Filho, from Federal University of Bahia.

Among the main topics to be debated in the forum are the conceptual milestone of social technology, health, water, climate and food and nutritional safety. The discussions will be structured in a way of contextualizing the State-of-the-art of social technologies in these subjects and give examples of successful social innovations that were implemented by representative communities, which encourage the debate
around the subjects of participation processes, setting priorities, appropriation of results, scalability and articulation among local experiences and global and regional politics.

The forum will have the participation of social movements and institutions, academics, multilateral institutions and civil society representatives. “In a national level, it will be an important moment to reinforce the articulation of a strong tradition of practices and movements that have conformed in Brazil around the subject of social technology, and, in the international level, will promote the visibility and prioritization of social technologies in the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), the main tool to strengthen the role of CTI in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda”, states Gadelha.

‘No one will be left behind’

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an urgent and immediate worldwide call to action to combat inequality, hunger and poverty; to mitigate and increase the resilience to the effects of climate change; to preserve and rebuild the biodiversity and both terrestrial and marine ecosystems; to ensure that the entire humankind can enjoy global peace and prosperity and, as the main goal, “to not leave anyone behind”.

Days: July 19th to 21st, 2022

Place: Novotel Salvador Hangar Aeroporto, in Salvador, Bahia

Format: Hybrid. To register and check the schedule, click here.

The event is free of charge.

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