UN STI Forum Side Event Focuses on Emerging Technologies for Resilience and Sustainable Innovations

Professor Xiaolan Fu, the Director of the Oxford Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) and Principal Investigator of the Inclusive Digital Model (IDMODEL) project, and Professor Pervez Ghauri, the IDMODEL Co-Investigator from the University of Birmingham Business School will participate in the "Creating Resilience and Sustainable Innovations through Emerging Technologies" side event of the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 2nd.

The UN Secretary General’s strategy on new technologies recognises that new and rapidly emerging technologies hold incredible promise for the advancement of human welfare. However, so far it is mostly developed countries that are exploiting these new technologies while developing countries are not even prepared to seize these opportunities. This side event aims to discuss and provide greater knowledge as to how these emerging technologies can provide sustainable solutions and contribute towards acceleration of development in developing countries. The event will discuss and debate the enormous possibilities presented by these rapidly emerging technologies and will generate knowledge on how these technologies can foster the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda in developing countries. 

With contributions from Bangladesh, Nepal and Turkey, this event will highlight the role these technologies can play in inclusive development in developing countries. The specific efforts being made in developing countries and what needs to be done will be discussed and debated in a panel of experts from UNCTAD, UN Technology Bank, Oxford University, University of Birmingham and UN country representatives from Bangladesh and Nepal. 

Find more about the IDMODEL project here