Executive Secretary advocates for innovation among the poorest in Islamic Republic of Iran

14 Jun 2019

From 10 to 12 June, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana visited the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in the first Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum and hold bilateral meetings. Beginning her mission, Ms. Alisjahbana met the UN Resident Coordinator Ugochi Daniels and the UN Country Team to discuss national development priorities and progress.

Opening the Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum, she highlighted the opportunity to harness regional expertise for inclusive innovation, while urging action to reduce the digital divide. In her remarks, Ms. Alisjahbana said, “While the Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the most innovative countries in the world, it is also home to some of the most technologically deprived. It will be critical for countries to work together so that no one is left behind in this technological revolution.”

She also met with government representatives, including Foreign Minister H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif and Vice President for Science and Technology H.E Sorena Sattari.

The Forum also emphasized the important role of technology start-ups for sustainable development and encouraged leaders to support their development. In this vein, the Asia-Pacific Start-up Network was launched as a consortium of organizations engaged in the innovation sector.

A new report analysing the evolution of science and technology parks in the region was also launched, serving as a practical tool for policymakers to strengthen innovation in their countries. The Forum was organized in partnership with the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A link to the report can be downloaded from https://www.unescap.org/resources/escap-stp-2019