The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identifies science, technology and innovation (STI) as a key means of implementing the SDGs; this is also echoed in the UNESCAP Regional Roadmap for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, emphasizing the importance of sharing experiences and capacity building on technology and innovation.
In light of this, UNESCAP East and North East Asia Office (UNESCAP-ENEA) and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the newly launched Asia Pacific Research and Training Network on STI Policy (ARTNET on STI Policy), hosted a training workshop on STI policies for sustainable development with a particular focus on building the capacity of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to respond to the changing STI policy landscape for frontier technologies and public innovation, including:
a) the shift towards an integrated sustainable development approach to STI policy;
b) the emergence of frontier technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution; and
c) innovations within the public sector to enhance policy making and service delivery.
The workshop featured experts presenting key elements of STI policies, leveraging the experiences of countries in East and North-East Asia where STI policies have made contributions to sustainable development, based on the report ‘Evolution of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Sustainable Development: The Experiences of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore’.
Launched at an Expert Group Meeting on STI policy held in conjunction with the training workshop on 18 March 2019, the report tracks the trajectories of STI policies in the four countries from pre-industrial development to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and their progressive shift towards supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through STI policy.
For more information, please see the link: https://www.unescap.org/news/transformative-sti-policies-shed-light-localizing-innovation-asia-pacific