Development, transfer and dissemination of technologies are vital in enabling countries attain sustainable development as well as in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. The outcome document of Rio+20 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) in 2012, entitled Future we want echoes this point.
The Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation for Sustainable Development, organized by ESCAP in partnership with Green Technology Centre Korea, highlighted regional perspectives on technology facilitation mechanism and in this context Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Head of CAPSA, shared CAPSA's experience in the facilitation of a regional knowledge network for Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, SATNET Asia.
It has repeatedly been pointed out that science, technology and innovation are not been well integrated into development agendas. This was re-emphasized during the Dialogue that highlighted that it remains an open and urgent question on how science and technology can better serve the poor and contribute to inclusive and sustainable development.
The importance of local context was also discussed in the Dialogue. Technology needs vary with socioeconomic, cultural and geographic context. The Dialogue emphasized that transfer of technologies should match local needs. However, there remains a significant gap in needs assessment for themes that matter to large groups of population in the region, such as farmers. Therefore, the capacity of the developing countries to assess technologies must be enhanced.
The Dialogue also discussed the need for strengthening coordination at regional level by bringing relevant institutions together and capitalizing on existing information, institutions, and resources.
The Dialogue took place on Sunday, May 18th, in Pattaya, Thailand. The participants of the Dialogue consisted of representatives of experts, academia, and national institutes working in the area of technology facilitation. Three regional institutions of ESCAP, namely CAPSA, APCTT and CSAM, also took part in the deliberations.