Oral Interventions to the 2013 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

Legião da Boa Vontade (General, 1999) said that the key to achieving an equitable society was improving educational technology; it had developed a range of these that had proved to be effective.

Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Special, 2004) said that it was important for new technologies to be integrated into education; an improvement in science education had been seen in the Dominican Republic.

International Council of Scientific Unions (Special, 1971) said that pursuing a business-as-usual development path would not work; scientific communities worldwide were committed to sustainable models of development that had science, technology and innovation integral to it.

International Federation for Home Economics (Special, 1981) said education in home economics helped in a variety of social and economic contexts. Examples of this were the implementation of new technologies in the household and the transition from old to new solutions, such as more efficient cooking technologies.

International Federation of University Women (Special, 1947) was seriously concerned by the gender imbalance seen in scientific environments and the skilled technology workforce. Science technology and innovation had emerged as a means for countries to move forward and taking away the barriers to female participation would improve opportunities for decent work.

Academic Council on the United Nations System (General, 1996) said that it had held a number information technology and communication workshops and projects for young people. The role of the United Nations system should be strengthened in general and the Economic and Social Council in particular; in this way it would better meet the aspirations of the youth of the world.

Centro di Ricerca e Documentazione Febbraio 74 (Special, 1998) said that after years of intervention and action in a country such as India, it noted the need for greater mobilization of science, technology and innovation in sustainable development. Policymakers had to listen to the real world experience of non-governmental organizations.

Gazeteciler ve Yazarlar Vakfi (General, 2012) said free and fair access to education was crucial in sustainable development. Details were given of a free education model it had created which sought to promote science, technology and innovation, while allowing children to also learn about art and literature, thus promoting peace and using technology.

International Federation for Family Development (General, 1999) said families were the first environment to experience human development. The Secretary-General had outlined the need to empower families to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and it was suggested to implement the perspective of families in policy at all levels.

World Jewellery Confederation (Special, 2006) said that the jewellery industry had considered the theme of this debate at a recent meeting and resolved to improve corporate social responsibility in the African diamond industry. The millions of employees of the jewellery industry meant that it was important that its bodies paid attention to the Millennium Development Goals.

Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (Special, 2007) said that debt and the financial health of the developed world was of concern if the world’s problems were to be addressed. The Convention of Independent Advisors was pursuing innovative solutions and increasing its connections with United Nations system bodies.

Women’s Health and Education Organization (Special, 2008) said as an e-initiative it served over a million subscribers a month and was designed to educate healthcare providers and policymakers on women’s health issues. Investing in wireless technology could lower levels of maternal mortality by allowing the sharing of information.

Organisation mondiale des associations pour l’éducation prénatale (Special, 2005) said in the process of evolution of sustainable development goals women were at the core and training was needed to ensure that women could use the tools given to them. Practical recommendations included information campaigns and the promotion of human and technological resources.

Assemblea delle Donne per lo Sviluppo e la Lotta Contro l’Esclusione Sociale (Special, 2008) said that gender equality in science, technology and innovation was absolutely vital; structural reforms in scientific institutions were needed. The idea that science was “male, western and white” needed to be challenged and women of all races and backgrounds had to be included into science research.

Child Helpline International (Special, 2011) said that it promoted new telecommunication technologies to provide children with a method of reporting abuse. However the internet and the financial crisis presented new threats to children that the international community had to be alert to. Children also represented the future of science, technology and innovation.

Internet Society (Special, 2010) said the internet now allowed people to access information and reward creativity, though if it was to fulfill its potential then an open approach was needed. As demand for connectivity and content grew across the developing world, the Internet Society planned to continue working with partners to stay true.

Manavata (Special, 2012) said 70 per cent of the world’s poverty was in rural areas, meaning sustainable agriculture was important. Their sustainable rural development programme method allowed for decentralised implementation and could help countries achieve their targets on sustainability by combining science with traditional methods and culture.

Organisation pour la communication en Afrique et de promotion de la cooperation économique internationale (Special, 2008) said that agriculture was the mainstay of life in Africa; women smallholders needed improved access to credit. Governments needed to take into account this group and aid their access to improved technologies.

ONG Hope International (General, 2011) said that non-governmental organizations were being effectively excluded from decision-making despite the efforts of the Council. Meanwhile, the commercialisation of science and technology was a problem insofar as integrating science, technology and innovation into the sustainable development agenda was concerned.

International Ontopsychology Association (Special, 1999) said their founder had developed his own method of work which looked at a wide variety of issues. The work of the organization had seen an award launched to promote research in physics and medicine, as well as the support of post graduate study. The Association would continue to promote the 2015 agenda to bring about global structural reform.

Unión de Asociaciones Familiares (Special, 2005) said children and young people were regular users of technology, leading to the creation of a recreational and web-based system to learn, share and experiment with various options to move around the city in a green way. This allowed all citizens to have an impact on emissions and promote sustainable mobility.