Options for a technology facilitation mechanism - follow-up to the UNCSD outcome
Overview of proposals
Suggestions by UN organizations
Upcoming events
Recommendations of the Secretary General Report A/67/348

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/66/288 of 27 July 2012 which endorsed the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”. Paragraph 273 of this resolution requests “relevant United Nations agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism that promotes the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies” and requests me to “make recommendations regarding the facilitation mechanism to the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly”. The report summarizes recent trends, provides an overview of the proposals received and outlines my recommendations for the functions, format, and working methods of a technology facilitation mechanism, as well as on a potential process forward to improved technology facilitation.

Suggestions by UN organizations

All fifty-three UN organizations of ECESA Plus were invited to make proposals on the functions, format and working methods of a potential technology facilitation mechanism, to outline their contributions to such mechanism, and to indicate partners they considered essential to be involved. Twenty-two organizations and bodies provided contributions/suggestions, ECA, ECE, ESCAP, ECLAC, ESCWA, DESA, IAEA, IMO, ITU, OHRLLS, UNCDF, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNOPS, UNDP, UN-Women, UNEP, World Bank, WIPO, and WTO. More material will be posted here in due course

Rio+20 Compilation Document

Over 200 of the submissions made the Rio+20 compilation document contain various proposals on science and technology for sustainable development. In particular, the following stakeholders listed below made significant proposals in this area.

Political Groups

Group of 77 and China, EU, CARICOM, Pacific Island Forum, PSIDS Regional preparatory meetings:Africa Region, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Asia and the Pacific Region, Arab Region, Europe Region

Member States

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria (EU submission), Belarus, Belgium (EU submission), Benin, Bolivia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria (EU submission), Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, China (Beijing Symposium), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Holy See (Observer State), Honduras (Workshop on Sustainable Tourism), Hungary, Iceland, India, India (Delhi Ministerial Dialogue), Indonesia (with Bandung Declaration as an annex of its input), Ireland, Israel (national and Meeting on Greening Agriculture), Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Singapore (Regional 3R Forum in Asia), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (Preparatory Conference “Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Water Cooperation Issues”), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

UN system and IGOs

A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (IOC/UNESCO, FAO, IMO, UNDP), Advisory Group of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE), Alpine Convention, Asian Development Bank, Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, ECESA Plus Cluster on Social Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-Agency Consultative Group for SIDS, Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), Inter-Parliamentary Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Olympic Committee to the United Nations, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International),.South Centre, Specialist Group on Soils and Desertification of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI) of the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), UN Interagency Committee for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (IAC DESD), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), UN-Water, UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations Development Group (UNDG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Global Compact, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population Division (DESA), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), United Nations SG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Trade Organization (WTO).

Major groups - consensus documents

Scientific and Technical Community; Local Authorities (ICLEI, C40, nrg4SD, ECO-City Builders, and UCGL); Women; Children and Youth; Workers and Trade Unions (International Trade Union Federation); Farmers; Business and Industry (Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012); Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Information Network);

Major groups - selected individual docs

Categories: Academic Institutions, Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Coalitions and Partnerships, Foundation, Indigenous People, Scientific Community, Women. Groups: Third World Network, Stakeholder Forum, WWF, CIEL, Eurostep, Earth Institute, ICTSD, Arab NGO Network for Development, Climate Action Network International, DAWN, ICTSD, Observatorio Mexicano de la Crisis, RESO-CLIMAT Cameroun, C40, Eco-Accord, Commons Action for the UN, INFORSE, Sustain US, 350.org, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Business and Industry, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, PDMA, World Resources Forum, Asia Pacific Youth, European Youth Meeting, China Youth, European Students' Forum, ETC Group, 21st Century Clusters, AGEDI, Alzheimer's Disease International, APRN, Boston University (Pardee Center), Information Habitat, CONFEA, Oikos, Chinese Civil Society Organizations.
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