UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
13 July 2016
Session 11: Challenges in mobilizing means of implementation at the national level – Financing – Technology – Capacity building (including input from STI forum)
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2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 11
Thank you for giving us the floor. I am speaking on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth as a young engineer from Sendai, Japan. We were very happy to host you last March to adopt the Sendai Framework for DRR.
We strongly support the three components of the TFM, as adopted by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and 2030 Agenda, given the crucial role of science and technology.
Countries and local authorities have different levels of capacity and resources, leading to disproportionately concentrated benefit of STI between and within countries.
Policies should ensure community-based technology impact assessments, as well as inclusive and equitable market access for proper facilitation, especially for the most marginalized.
We cannot have inclusive progress on developing STI for SDGs, if we ignore the tools enabling access to these technologies.
The intellectual properties regime needs a serious overhaul. The provisions in TRIPS need to be enhanced and made easier for countries to have access.
We also believe that the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development has the potential to promote equitable mobilization of resources, as a space for knowledge and technology transfer among nations.
However, there is a strong need for more coherent national strategy to ensure effective implementation, follow-up, and review. The annual STI forum could be used as an avenue for countries to report on their progress on these fronts.
However, we would like to emphasize the need for broadening avenues for the engagement of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders in all components of the TFM. We would like to remind you of the fact that there is no young scientist in the 10-member group. If we aim to leave no one behind, inclusion in a rights-based approach is imperative.