Africa's First International Conference on

"Science & Technology"

(To Speed-Up the Development of a Developing Country)

See aslo Ghana Project

 (This is the actual original brochure)

"THE CONTRIBUTION OF TECHNOLOGIES (INCLUDING NEW AND EMERGING ONES) TO THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF DEVELOPING AND THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF REGIONAL AND GLOBAL INTEGRATION"



INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER
ACCRA, GHANA, WEST AFRICA
MAY 30-JUNE 3, 1994

ORGANIZED BY:

IAED, PO Box 2260, New York, NY 10017.

In cooperation with:
Various United Nations Organizations
UN NGO "Committee on Industry, Technology and the Economy"


A. PREAMBLE

MINDFUL of the fact that the Forty-Sixth Session of the General Assembly had called for renewed effort and attention to the economic development of developing countries;

AWARE that a new COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY has been created as a functional Commission of ECOSOC within the UN System and held its first session in April 1993 that discussed amongst other topics "The Role of Science and Technology in Sustainable Development";

CONSIDERING that a new "NGO COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ECONOMY" was formally constituted in New York in October 1992 to provide a forum for non-governmental organizations within the United Nations System involved with principally economic growth factors in the development process, for example technology and industry, and their relationship to the economy, to come together to study, plan, support and relate to each other in order to accentuate common strategies and act in relation to the principles and programmes of the United Nations;

NOTING that the new COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY at its first session in April 1993 discussed the contribution of technologies to the industrialization of developing countries and the strengthening of regional and global integration process;

RECALLING the tremendous impact that international, regional and national NGOs have made in past United Nations activities such as UNCED, World Conference on Human Rights (UNWCHR) and future events such as the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) and the 4th World Conference on Women;

AFFIRMS that it is now most expedient to mobilize all international, regional or national NGOs that have interest or expertise at the grassroots in technology and industry as economic growth factors in sustainable development, to attend the first GLOBAL NGO FORUM having as its theme "The Contribution of Technologies (Including New and Emerging Ones) for the Industrialization of Developing and Third World Countries and for the Strengthening of Regional and Global Integration Processes" to be held in Accra, Ghana. West Africa, May 30 - June 3, 1994;

CONVINCED that this GLOBAL NGO FORUM as conceived would give international, regional and national NGOs as well as invited guests from all regions of the world an opportunity to review the programmes and achievements of UNIDO, and the Commission on Science and Technology in promoting the role of technology, science and industry in addressing poverty and the facilitation of equitable economic growth in Developing and Third World Countries:

ASSERTS that the GLOBAL NGO FORUM will formulate common recommendations from grassroots perceptions on how to improve and restructure technology and industrial programmes in order to meet the new challenges in a period of global political change and to ensure improved access of NGOs to the mechanisms within the UN System in the field of science, technology and industrial development as related to the economy of Developing and Third World Countries, gratefully...

INVITES Leading Manufacturers and exporters of industrial equipment, goods and services worldwide to showcase their technologies in support of industrialization efforts in Developing and Third World Countries during the GLOBAL NGO FORUM, including leading industrialists and entrepreneurs from the Developing and Third World Countries as observers to the GLOBAL NGO FORUM so as to avail themselves of the opportunity of getting acquainted with these technologies for industrialization, and also privileged individuals, governments, organizations and corporate bodies from around the world to give whatever material assistance and moral support as would be necessary to assure the success of this first ever GLOBAL NGO FORUM on Science, Technology and Industry, being organized by the NGO Committee on Industry, Technology and the Economy.


B. AGENDA AND PLAN OF ACTION

1. ATTENDANCE:
Attendance will be restricted to not more than 200 international, regional and national NGO's in Consultative Status with ECOSOC, UNIDO and UNCTAD and have interest and expertise in Science, Technology and Industry as economic growth factors in grassroots development.

(1) KEYNOTE AND EXPERT SPEAKERS:

(a) Mr. Mauricio de Maria y Campos, the Director-General of UNIDO.

(b) Prof. Mikoto Usui, Chairman of the First Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

(c) H. E. Ambassador, Dr. Oscar Serrate, Chairman of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

(d) Dr. J. Warrdenburg, Vice-Chairman of the Bureau of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) and Chief Scientist, Development Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands.

(e) Prof. Mohamed Mokhtar El Halwagi, Vice-Chairman of the Bureau of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD and First Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Consulting and Research Fund. Cairo, Egypt.

(f) Dr. Vladimir A. Labounov, Vice-Chairman of the Bureau of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) and President, United Nations Association, H Microelectronics Department, Minsk Radio Engineering Institute, M Republic of Belarus.

(g) Dr. Jawaharial Dhar, Vice-Chairman of the Bureau of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology tor Develop (CSTD) and Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India.

(h) Mr. Pedro Roffe, Secretary of the Second Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) and Chief, Technology Programme, UNCTAD, Palais des Nations, I2I I Geneva 10, Switzerland.

(f) At least 30 other internationally renown, successful and experienced industrialists, entrepreneurs, development thinkers and heads of technological institutes from both the developed and developing economies will address the daily plenary sessions of the GLOBAL NGO FORUM different aspects of the role of technology and industry in the development process.

2. WORKING GROUPS:

The main work of the GLOBAL NGO FORUM will be carried out in at least twelve (12) major working groups to be established prior to the commencement of the plenary sessions in Accra, Ghana. West Africa, designated into the following themes:

(i) Promoting international cooperation in the field of science and technology for development with special emphasis on the role of technologies to the strengthening of regional and global integration processes.

(ii) The contributions of existing and emerging technologies to the industrialization of developing countries.

(iii) The implications of technology for small-scale economic activities to address the basic needs of low-income population.

(iv) The gender implications of science and technology for the benefit of developing countries.

(v) The evolution of information technology for sustainable development.

(vi) Science and technology aspects of sectorial issues, i.e. land, desertfication, forests and biodiversity.

(vii) Ways and means of transferring technologies into the productive sectors of the developing countries.

(viii) Policy guidelines relating to scientific and technological activities for industrial development.

(ix) Financing science and technology for industrial development in developing countries.

(x) The roles of the public and private sector in addressing poverty by promoting technology and industry for sustainable economic growth.

(xi) Conservation and utilization of raw materials in the industrialization proces

(xii) Conversion of military technology and hardware to civilian use as a tool for economic development.

Invitees to the GLOBAL NGO FORUM will be requested to indicate in which Working Groups they will serve prior to the main Plenary Sessions. Working Groups with less than ten members will be scrapped or merged.

3. THE GLOBAL NGO FORUM IN PLENARY SESSION:

The GLOBAL NGO FORUM in plenary sessions will host the Keynote and Expert Speakers, hold general debates on the work of the Working Groups, and adopt appropriate recommendations on each theme of the Working Groups.

The full text of these recommendations will be available as official conference documents and formally presented to the Commission on SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, UNIDO and the Technology Programme of UNCTAD. These recommendations should guide the relationship amongst NGOs as well as between NGOs and the United Nations in the area of Science, Technology and Industry for Sustainable Development especially in the Developing and Third World Economies.


Contact:

DR. LARRY T. GELL, International Coordinator of the GLOBAL NGO FORUM
NGO Committee on Industry, Technology and the Economy

IAED,
United Nations Plaza
PO Box 2260-GCS
New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: (212) 687-1775 or Fax: (212) 697-2363

E-mail: lgell@ ;iaed.o rg


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