At the ministerial
round table of UNESCO member countries in Paris, presided over by union minister
for science and technology and earth sciences Kapil Sibal called for role in the
development of a sustainable and global model for enrolling both technology sources
and intergovernmental commitments for providing access to generic technologies.
Sibal emphasised, would help meet the developmental choices of large segments
of the global community based on:
Voluntary offer for free access to the needy
" A formula of differential
prices based on criticality of need and differentiated capacities to pay
Deferred payment on loan basis to build global growth equity and
effort to render technologies affordable to many through North-South and South-South
selected five technology areas with needs for meeting the developmental choices
-solid waste management, safe clean drinking water, clean coal technologies, devices
for solar power and mitigation of damages from natural disaster.
also stressed the role of science and technology in bringing developmental values
to the society. He observed that capacity building in science and technology is
one of the most important needs of the world today.
minister also stressed that such efforts to build capacities should take into
account the differential levels of development and resource investment capacities
for innovative techniques for bridging the differences between the cultures of
science and industry through public-private partnerships, Sibal emphasised the
need for greater interactions among the four pillars of development - industry,
government, research and academy.
also outlined the need for grater autonomy to the university systems in developing
world and observed that many member countries were aware of the technology divide.
proposals have generated widespread response among the member countries for increasing
the access to technologies in innovative ways. He concluded that among member
countries, there was a large expectation in meeting the developmental challenges
associated with poverty reduction, disaster management, desertification and pollution