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HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2021 Side Event
"A Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development- An Overall Perspective of Technology in Post-
Pandemic Society"



Today, people and organisations across various sectors, in both developed and developing countries, are committed to achieving SDGs. However, despite having goals to work towards, it is still unclear what kind of economic systems, social systems and technologies should be developed and applied to achieve these targets. From a technological viewpoint, recent discussions and movements regarding Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) have been quite narrowly focused on digital technologies, while other dimensions and fields of technologies are rarely considered. Furthermore, stereotyped views of R&D of technologies are still prevailing: that nothing is more important than R&D of advanced new technologies to increase productivity and create new products/services, which bring about further profit and economic growth. The current trend of technology choice and technology development must be changed drastically and fundamentally to one focusing on people's welfare and the environment to achieve SDGs. In this event, in order to tackle these problems, “A Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development” will be presented, which innovates on the concept of Appropriate Technology. The Framework consists of 10 guiding principles and is designed to be applied in both developing and developed countries. If technologies are chosen based on this framework, we believe that the majority of SDGs can be attained. In the context of a post-pandemic society, decentralized socio-economic and technological systems proposed by the framework can enhance security of our society against various risks, including future pandemics and natural disasters.

Recording



Overview

Date

Monday, 12th July, 2021
7:30-9:00 AM (New York Time, UTC-4) (20:30-22:00 JST)

Venue

Online

Speakers/ Commentators

Nao Tanaka Ph.D (Executive Director, Asian People’s Exchange)

Aoi Horiuchi (Senior Advocacy Officer, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation)

Hayati Sari Hasibuan Ph.D (Head of Master Program in Environmental Science, Universitas Indonesia)

Elenita Daño (Asia Director, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group)

Rebecca Malay (Director for Advocacy & Development Cooperation, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, the Chair of GCAP Global Foundation)

Masaki Inaba (Program Director, Global Health, Africa Japan Forum)

Co-Organizers

Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC, Main Organizer)
Asian People’s Exchange (APEX)
School of Environmental Science Programme, Universitas Indonesia
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement(PRRM)

(This seminar is supported by the Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency.)

Registration

Please register from the link below. 
https://atfj.jp/comprehensiveframework/registrationform/

Details

Download the full document (PDF) below

Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development(English, PDF)

Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development
§Solving poverty and inequality problems
      P-1. Choosing and developing technologies that are appropriate for local conditions and directly  
              contribute to poverty reduction
      P-2. Creating job opportunities appropriate to local context
§Solving environment and natural resource depletion problems
      E-1. Limited things should be treated as limited things
         E-1.a Refraining from using non-renewable resources as much as possible, especially
                   fossil fuels
         E-1.b Refraining from discharging wastes, wastewater and exhaust gas without proper
                   treatment and avoiding greenhouse effect gas emissions
      E-2. Developing a society based on sustainable resources
      E-3. Not disturbing the balance and cyclical process of the ecosystem
      E-4. Giving priority to small-scale, decentralised systems
      E-5. Recognising the limits of modern science and technology and respecting nature
§ Solving dehumanisation problems
      D-1. Appreciating and extending non-commercial production and work
      D-2. Using technologies controllable by people
      D-3. Using technologies that develop human resources

The framework is designed to be applied to technology choices in both developing and developed countries, and if technologies are chosen based on the framework, we believe the majority of SDGs can be attained. Also, in the context of a post-pandemic society, transformation of societies using these 10 principles can enhance their security against various risks, including future pandemics and natural disasters. In particular, technology choices giving priority to small-scale, decentralized systems (E-4) using technologies controllable by people (D-2) and appropriate for local conditions (P-1) can make local societies resilient to the risks.
Therefore, a technology system based on the framework should form the core of future technology systems of the world. The principles and direction described will act as a foundation for more concrete and practical proposals regarding technology choice depending on the local/specific conditions in each individual case and the following implementation.


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