Technology and innovation can potentially increase the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of efforts to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda. However, technology and innovation can be a source of inequality and exclusion. As recognized by the UN General Assembly, the promise of science, technology and innovation remains unfulfilled for the poor. A variety of policies and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region promote inclusive technology and innovation.
The consultation will be an opportunity to:
• Share national experiences – including effective practices and lessons learned – in promoting inclusive technology and innovation for sustainable development;
• Provide comments on the draft guidelines for inclusive technology and innovation policies for sustainable development and ways to develop these to be more practical for national implementation and use;
• Indicate support that may be required from United Nations ESCAP to promote the formulation of national inclusive technology and innovation policies for sustainable development;
• Co-create ideas and put forward recommendations to United Nations ESCAP to advance this agenda regionally.