Harnessing Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific requires Regional Cooperation

To ensure progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delegates at an international conference today discussed ways to improve regional cooperation on collaborative research and development of new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, machine learning, Blockchain, and others.

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China collaborated on this event, which was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Regional Innovation Knowledge Network for 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies and its Secretariat Office at Guangzhou University in China, the International Conference on Emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Technologies for Sustainable Development focused on the role of knowledge-based institutions such as universities, national laboratories, industrial and research organisations, and policymakers from the Asia-Pacific region in 4IR technology innovations.

The conference also produced policy suggestions aimed at facilitating regional collaboration in the application of 4IR technologies to sustainable development concerns, as well as promoting knowledge transfer and speeding up diffusion.

In recent years, advances in science and technology, led by 4IR technologies, have resulted in the large-scale digital transformation of the manufacturing and service sectors around the world. These emerging 4IR technologies offer many innovative solutions and opportunities for supporting sustainable development around the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

APCTT was founded in 1977 as an ESCAP subsidiary entity to assist member countries in enhancing their capacities in science, technology, and innovation policy in order to facilitate technology-based sustainable development. In today’s globalised world, the Centre focuses on building an enabling environment for the development and transfer of new technologies so that member nations may solve development issues.

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