At a ceremony in New York, 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”.
A high-level panel of 11 experts approved the study. Among them was Dorte Olesen, a Board of Directors member of GÉANT.
GÉANT, one of TANDEM project partners, includes 36 National Members, which are European national research and education network (NREN) organisations, and one Representative Member – NORDUnet – which participates on behalf of five Nordic NRENs.
Cathrin Stöver, GÉANT’s Chief International Relations and Communications Officer, also made a substantive contribution to the feasibility study and participated in the high-level panel’s final meeting held in Istanbul earlier this month in which the document was approved.
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.
Dorte Olesen, together with four other members of the high level panel, attended the presentation ceremony tog. As she stated: “The study makes a strong case for NRENs all over the world, seeing research and education networks as building blocks for the Technology Bank, and recognising the vital role that they play in the development of science, technology and innovation in the least developing countries. Indeed, the study recommends that the new Technology Bank, as a first step, supports the formation of NRENs in all LDCs.”
The study explains GÉANT’s long-standing relationship with the European Union as well as the World Bank. 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.
The study also specifies practical actions to achieve this aim, including:
- the Technology Bank 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.
Visit the GÉANT website to learn more about United Nations Technology Bank recognising importance of GÉANT and research and education networks.