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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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Foreword

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. Numerous innovations, such as pneumococcal vaccines, microfinance and green technologies, have been developed and have spread around the world at an unrelenting pace over the last few decades, improving health, providing economic opportunities and addressing climate change. Digital technologies like mobile phones and the Internet have created an era where ideas, knowledge and data flow more freely than ever before, offering new avenues for collaborative and open approaches to innovation and providing real opportunities for this innovation to be truly inclusive.

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