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2013 High-level Segment of ECOSOC—Special Conference on
Ecological Safety
and Technological Innovation

2013 High-level Segment of ECOSOC

IESCO NEWS(reported by Tang Lijun)On July 3rd, 2013, during 2013 High-level Segment of ECOSOC, Special Conference on Ecological Safety and Technological Innovation co-hosted by ECOSOC and IESCO was kicked off in Palace of Nations, Geneva. The over one hundred attendees included government officials from Nepal, Japan, Philippine, Russia, Australia, Kenya, Nigeria and Switzerland and delegates from NGOs, IGOs, the United Nations and media.  Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kiorala Sujata, Vice-President of ECOSOC Martin Sajdik, Founding President of ICAPP Jose De Venecia, President of IESCO Jiang Mingjun, Head of NGO Liaison Office, United Nations Office at Geneva Ricardo Espinosa, Director of the Global Monitoring and Research Division at the UN Human Settlements Program Oyebanji Oyeyinka and Chief of the NGO Section, Office of UN-ECOSOC Support and Coordination Andrei Abramov made important speeches at the conference.

2013 High-level Segment of ECOSOC—Special Conference on Ecological Safety and Technological Innovation

Vice-President of ECOSOC Martin Sajdik

President of IESCO Jiang Mingjun said, the world is in a period of great development, great changes and great adjustment now. The current international situation is changing extremely complicatedly. The world is becoming more and more multi-polarized and economically globalized. It increasingly   focuses on social informatization. International communities are more closely connected with and interdependent on each other. Therefore, we should deepen the construction of the system of technological innovation, eliminate the barriers on the way of transforming technological results to production capacities; accelerate technological innovations with enterprises as carriers, further advance the construction of the system of ecological safety management; innovate the scheme of training and employing  technological professionals and focus on training youth backbones and build youth technology teams. Science and technology professionals should carry forward the spirit of science and enhance the construction of true scholarship, and behave as the models of good faith in society.  Scientific research institutions should reform their functions by strengthening scientific management and upgrading the scientific level of technological work. As an international organization within the framework of ECOSOC, IESCO will continue to consider technological innovation as the primary task. It will establish Beijing International Ecological Safety College and strengthen the cooperation with scientific research institutions and international well-known universities in various countries to provide intellectual support to science and technological innovation.

Founding President of ICAPP Jose De Venecia

Vice-President of ECOSOC Martin Sajdik said: The government will need to make our world safer and more sustainable, however it will not be able to do it alone. Ecological safety is the first and foremost multi sectoral approach. It depends on active engagement of the civil society groups.  After all, so far the best innovative and the most effective approach to fight against climate change comes from civil society. Rio+20 realized the crucial role of civil society and private sector.  The private sector has demonstrated that it has been able and willing to be part of the solution. Academic and scientific institutions play a critical role and set the world on a sustainable road.Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kiorala Sujata

Chief of the NGO Section, Office of UN-ECOSOC Support and Coordination Andrei Abramov

Founding President of ICAPP Jose De Venecia summarized the climate threats to the current world and said: The truth is that there is little we can expect from collective action—because the international system is still ‘anarchic’—still disorganized. The independent states have no central authority above them. It is true the U.N. Security Council can sometimes regulate the conduct of small and medium-sized powers. But the great powers recognize no central authority above them—and despite all our pieties about a ‘global community,’ no power can compel them to limit the pollutants their industries expel into the global atmosphere. He then called upon the international community, especially political parties, to take concerted and effective measures to boycott high pollutants. IESCO’s goal is to monitor proposed legislation, party platforms, and civil society charters for their sensitivity to climate change and protection of the environment.

Head of NGO Liaison Office, United Nations Office at Geneva Ricardo Espinosa

President of IESCO Jiang Mingjun

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Kiorala Sujata said: As we deliberate in this room, there are debates going on about the realization of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), fast approaching deadlines for MDGs, eradicating poverty and pursuing sustainable development around the globe. The widening program-resource gaps, a series of crises including global food crisis, energy crisis, ongoing impacts of financial and economic crisis, and fast degrading environment have severely undermined our efforts towards the realization of MDGs including the attainment of internationally agreed development goals and sustainable development.  These are formidable challenges posing threats to economic and social development and the political and social stability in various parts of the world, and severely testing states’ ability to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of people in this increasingly interdependent and interconnected world. 

Director of the Global Monitoring and Research Division at the UN Human Settlements Program Oyebanji Oyeyinka said: Cities are therefore a key arena in determining the rate and direction of human ecology whose central tenet is that environmental sustainability and economic growth can develop harmoniously. Evidently, the two are not inherently mutually-exclusive. This can be accomplished by decoupling the rate of economic growth from the rate of energy and material use and environmental degradation.  Because the world can no longer depend on cheap fuel for growth, and economic growth will almost certainly be driven by cities, “sustainable urban development” must incorporate these emerging dynamics.

Director of the Global Monitoring and Research Division at the
UN Human Settlements Program Oyebanji Oyeyinka

Chief of the NGO Section, Office of UN-ECOSOC Support and Coordination Andrei Abramov said: We need a new sustainable development approach. In time of challenges, there are always opportunities. Climate Change offers us a fresh opportunity to force an alternative development vision, rooted in environmental sustainability. Technology and innovation can contribute to this trend specifically. As we have seen so many interesting examples today, we show that actually we can do a lot if we use technology and innovation. Applying technology and innovation can be problem solving and economic focus.

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