Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization - STIPRO

Executive Director of STIPRO chosen as one of the experts in Technology Bank for the LDCs

Thursday, May 30, 2016

Dr. Bitrina Diyamett has been appointed as one of experts to serve in the Governing Council of the “technology bank and science, technology and innovation supporting mechanism for the least developed countries” (the “Technology Bank”).

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has decided to appoint 12 expert members to this body for the interim period leading up to the establishment of the Technology Bank by the General Assembly, which should take place in the next few months, and with a view to facilitating the early start of its operation in 2017. 

A Technology Bank that supports science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries was recommended by a feasibility study by a high-level panel of experts convened by the Secretary General. The Report is available at:  http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2015/10/Feasibility-Study-of-Technology-Bank.pdf

The study suggested that the Technology Bank be composed of two units, a Science, Technology and Innovation Support Mechanism and an Intellectual Property Bank. Panel’s recommendations highlighted that the Technology Bank, modelled on the United Nations University, has the potential to strengthen national capabilities and provide expertise to the world’s least developed countries, ensuring that they are no longer left behind in achieving internationally agreed development goals.