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Events & Publications on the topic: Inclusive Technology

Asia-Pacific AI for Social Good Summit

Organised by ESCAP and hosted by the Government of Thailand, the Summit will explore how to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to promote social and economic impact and meet the Sustainable Development Goals. It will showcase research and spark discussion on creating an enabling environment for the growth and application of AI, the likely social impact and risks and challenges associated with AI.

International Conference on Inclusive Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Promoting the Transfer of New and Emerging Technologies in Water and Energy Sectors

Water and energy are critical resources for sustainable and inclusive development as recognized by the Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) respectively. Harnessing technology and innovation to achieve these goals requires inclusive policies that ensures no one is left behind. For this purpose, concerted efforts are needed to develop and adopt inclusive policies, strategies and best practices by the member States.

Expert meeting on Disability-inclusive Technology and Innovation

Technology and innovation are a critical factor to improve access to affordable and relevant services and have the potential to encourage an inclusive economy. Important policy actions are needed to overcome impediments preventing people with disabilities in Asia and Pacific from being empowered through technology and innovation.

High Level Seminar on the Creative Economy and Copyright as Pathways to Sustainable Development

Leveraging the creative economy can provide developing countries with a unique pathway towards attaining sustainable development. The creative economy can be defined broadly “as a dynamic blend of creative industries that cover all cycles of creation, production, and distribution of goods and services that use intellectual capital as primary inputs”. The creative economy has the potential to be a key sector driving job creation and innovation in developing countries. Furthermore, there is increasing recognition of the contribution of the creative economy towards trade and economic growth.

Building the Innovation and Technological Capacities of Least Developed Countries in Asia and the Pacific

The meeting will discuss the opportunities and needs of LDCs in the Asia and the Pacific region in the area of invention, innovation and technological capacity building and the intellectual property rights system. The program will provide a platform to assess the policy, technical and institutional needs in the area of intellectual property rights of individual LDCs. The meeting will also discuss how countries can leverage, through national, regional and sub-regional partnerships, WIPO’s and United Nations ESCAP’s expertise and institutional capacity.

Innovative Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP’s Innovative Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific report features a diverse selection of case studies illustrating the development of innovative finance in the region. The report, produced in collaboration with STEPI, shines light on different mechanisms supported by governments across the region in the areas of impact investment and public finance for innovation.

Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific: Policy Approaches for Least Developed Countries

Despite consensus on the transformative potential of science, technology and innovation (STI), there remains a lack of clarity on how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can effectively implement it for inclusive and sustainable development. This publication highlights four key innovation policy options which have the potential to enable LDCs to reap the benefits of innovation in a cost-effective manner. First, LDCs must mobilize all available talent towards sustainable development if the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda are to be met. Second, the rule of law and STI are inextricably linked.

Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Business as usual is not an option if the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are to be met. The scale and depth of the goals require a radically different and disruptive approach—the essence of innovation—along with significant scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements. Science, technology and innovation (STI) have the potential to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of our efforts to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda and create benefits for society, the economy and the environment.