ECOSOC concludes High-Level Segment general debate in Geneva
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning concluded its High-level Segment general debate on the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review: science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Speakers said that science, technology, innovation and culture were key drivers of sustainable development, economic growth and meeting the Millennium Development Goals as their deadline approached. However, concerns were expressed that factors such as the lack of technology transfer from the developed to the developing countries, the economic crisis, and competing policy priorities in the post-2015 development agenda were acting as brakes on the integration of science, technology and innovation in policies aimed at tackling the world’s problems. Many said that science, technology and innovation could help engineer new models of production and consumption to build a more equitable world.

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