Science and technology forum in Seoul calls for multi-stakeholder discussions and collaboration to combat climate change and achieve sustainable development

More than 250 domestic policy-makers, international development professionals and green technology specialists from 44 countries convened at the Seoul Science and Technology (S&T) Forum this week (27 to 28 October 2016) to discuss responses to climate change and achieve sustainable development under the theme “Science, Technology & Innovation for Better Life.”

The two-day forum was co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST), with contributions from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), and the Green Technology Center-Korea (GTC-K).

Since its launch in 2010, the Seoul S&T Forum has become one of the leading forums in the Republic of Korea in the field of science and technology, serving as a key platform for identifying solutions to global issues. “Committing government funding for research and development will be an investment for a better future, therefore ideas that more effectively leverage the role of research institutes can catalyze much needed change,” stressed United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “ESCAP stands ready to work with partners here and across the region to turn our shared goals into sustained progress,” she added.

The Forum featured three sessions under the topics of ”Government-funded Research Institutes (GRIs) Taking New Directions,” ”Shared Growth via Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) ODA,” and ”Building Bridges for Better Climate Technology Cooperation.”

During the Forum, representatives from science and technology sectors in developing countries explored how to strengthen cooperation between the Republic of Korea and developing countries on science and technology issues. Additionally, the forum focused on the Republic of Korea’s climate technology cooperation policies and how it can improve cooperation on climate technology sharing with developing countries.

Coming just a year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Forum this year addressed issues related to several Sustainable Development Goals including the role of public research institutions (Goal 9), Official Development Assistance (Goal 17), and climate change (Goal 13). In addition, the Forum reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing a platform for cooperation and negotiation among various stakeholders to achieve sustainable development.