Information
  • Lead-organizer: ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration)
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 14 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-6

The Technology Economy? Know-how, Know-what, Know-why

Organizing partners

ETC Group
La Via Campesina
Third World Network
Women in Europe for a Common Future/Women International for a Common Future
Consumers International
Amigos de la Tierra de América Latina y el Caribe

Introduction

The year after the Earth Summit -- on the eve of the Knowledge Economy -- the UN lost its only two global facilities for technology assessment. Since then, billions of public dollars have been lost subsidising nuclear fusion, biotech-fermentation, Terminator technologies, nanotechnology, second-generation biofuels, and ocean fertilization, etc- largely because of the absence of adequate technology assessment. At Rio+20, the UN must protect the sovereignty and security of member states by ensuring that the know-how of technology transfer is supported by the know-what of technology assessment and the know-why of socioeconomic benefits. The side-event will hear experts discuss the problems, specific language and institutional modalities governments could adopt now and implement post-Rio.

Detailed programme

The year after the Earth Summit -- on the eve of the Knowledge Economy -- the UN lost its only two global facilities for technology assessment. Since then, billions of public dollars have been lost subsidising nuclear fusion, biotech-fermentation, Terminator technologies, nanotechnology, second-generation biofuels, and ocean fertilization, etc- largely because of the absence of adequate technology assessment. At Rio+20, the UN must protect the sovereignty and security of member states by ensuring that the know-how of technology transfer is supported by the know-what of technology assessment and the know-why of socioeconomic benefits. The side-event will hear experts discuss the problems, specific language and institutional modalities governments could adopt now and implement post-Rio.

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