The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) together with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) organized the International Conference on Green Technologies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on 28 November 2017 at the Park Terraces, Makati City.
The conference was intended to deliberate on the international best practices and lessons learned in the adoption, adaption, and development of green technologies in fostering economic development.
Subsequently, the conference pondered on how to ultimately ensure sustainable management of natural resources and balancing the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of development.
From time to time, APCTT has been organizing regional consultations, expert group meetings, and annual international conferences in the Philippines most especially on new and emerging technologies such as renewable energy and nanotechnology.
“Nanotechnology and green technologies have effects on public health and other aspects of life including agriculture, finance, and business, among others, and this conference is the right venue to discuss the best practices between experts on research, academe, and policy-governing bodies,” said Ms. Michiko Enomoto, Head of APCTT during her opening remarks.
Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, emphasized that most of the growth experienced primarily in developing countries are focused on economic growth, but not enough on inclusive growth including social and environmental aspects, that is reflected in income inequality in Asia and the Pacific.
“The DOST has been a firm believer and supporter of technology transfer that the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 is actually an initiative of the Department, and now looking back, the Republic Act helped in pushing the transfer of technologies which has provisions on output of research and development (R&D) that received funding from the Philippine government,” said Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña of the DOST.
The conference was composed of a three-part session dedicated in the role of public policies in regard to green technologies for sustainable development, challenges and opportunities in transferring and commercializing green technologies, and roundtable discussions on the business environment for innovation in green technologies.
“It is recommended to establish process of green technology strategies, transfer processes to green technology strategies to meet global standards, and build infrastructure for green growth,” said Dr. Kang Jin Won, Senior Expert of the Center of National R&D Evaluation of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).
Moreover, Mr. Aik Hoe Lim, Director of the Trade and Environment Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) summarized that there is a growing market for green technologies, as much as there is a need to create businesses in support for small and medium enterprises (SME), and finally there is help in looking toward trade-type policies to help boost innovations.
Attended by delegates from Bangladesh, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Kazakhstan, the event also became a venue for electing chairperson and vice chairperson, adoption of the agenda, and a bilateral talk between the DOST and APCTT.
Thailand offered to host the 14th Session of the Governing Council in 2018.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo