Seoul Forum covers science and technology for sustainable development

Oct 31, 2013

The Seoul Science and Technology Forum helps Korean and International experts share expertise in science and technology for sustainable development. Photo: Seoul Policy Centre

International and Korean Government officials, experts and business leaders met in Seoul today to share experience and expertise in science and technology for sustainable development.

The fourth annual ‘Seoul Science and Technology Forum’ is focusing on research, development and business for sustainable development, with a strong focus on green-technology and providing access to energy.

The event is co-hosted by a range of Korean research organisations and, for the first time, UNDP.

‘Korea has a world beating development trajectory and has many lessons to share' said Alvaro Pinto-Scholtbach, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre Director, in his opening remarks to the conference.

‘It has knowledge and proven technological solutions to boost sustainable human development around the world’  he said.

Mr Pinto Scholtbach called on Korean and international participants to ‘do business and build partnerships’ during the two day event, which includes 20 experts from UNDP's Asia Pacific Regional Centre and Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, China and other country offices.

He also called for more practical action on the Asia-Pacific energy plus initiative, following a planning workshop between UNDP and Korean experts on 30th of October.

The Initiative aims to harness innovative energy related ideas and solutions to boost energy access for the poor in Asia-Pacific countries.  

The name of the game is implementation. We know what we have to do. Now let’s do it’ he said.

Professor Makame Mbarawa, Tanzanian Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, gave an overview of his country’s efforts to harness science and technology for sustainable development:

'Developing countries like those in sub-saharan Africa face a number of challenges in linking Science and Technology to intangible value creation' he said.

Tanzania is reviewing its national system of innovation to his country’s economy, including increasing research and development. The changes are already bearing fruit:

'Research developments in tissue culture and genetic engineering have been instrumental in raising agricultural productivity, reversing land degradation and conversing biodiversity' he said.