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United Nations Technology Bank recognises importance of research and education networks

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At a ceremony in New York earlier this week, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, took receipt of a proposal calling for the establishment of a Technology Bank for the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) – “Feasibility Study for a United Nations Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries.

The vital role that national research and education networks (NRENs) around the world would play in facilitating a Technology Bank was recognised in the study, which detailed the initiative and the practical infrastructure necessary in order to achieve it. NRENs around the globe made substantive contributions to the study, which was approved by a high-level panel of experts, including Dorte Olesen, a member of the Board of Directors of GÉANT (the pan-European research and education network).

According to the recommendations of the study, a Technology Bank that supports science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries is both “feasible and desirable”. The study proposes that a Technology Bank for least developed countries be established in the 2015-2016 period and headquartered in Turkey.

It aims to enable researchers in developing countries, and those in Europe and other countries with more established research infrastructures, to collaborate with their peers across the globe.

Further, the Study itemises specific practical actions to achieve this aim, including:

  • the Technology Bank is itself to be connected to the global NREN fabric;
  • the already-established NRENs in LDCs to communicate about the Technology Bank to their institutions, campuses and scientists;
  • the creation of NRENs in LDCs to be actively supported.

This story first appeared on the GÉANT website. Read the original story.

Read the UN Technology Bank Media Release

 


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