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

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The Study calls for governments to put in place action-orientated science, technology and innovation (STI) programmes aligned to development strategies to meet the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It proposes a conceptual framework for STI that is bound by the principles of openness, inclusivity and collaboration, and moves the focus beyond the economic to integrate the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development. The Study concludes by recommending areas for action by Member States to create an enabling environment for STI, fully integrating the three pillars in to STI policy, and to facilitate regional STI collaboration.

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Recommendations and role of ESCAP

Governments in the region should carefully consider this publication and develop action plans tailored to their specific objectives, context and level of STI development. This publication makes five broad recommendations, within which more detailed action items are enumerated. For these action items to have real meaning, they must be supported by stakeholders across the political spectrum and, importantly, be associated with explicit time bounds. As member States have committed to a 15-year time horizon (the 2030 Agenda), these recommendations have been categorized as short-term (1 year), medium-term (3 years) and longterm (5 years).

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