Technology: National Cleaner Technology Strategies Initiative
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) at its
sixth session urged developing countries and countries with economies in
transition to develop strategies for innovation, commercialization and
diffusion of environmentally sound technologies. The CSD also called for
regional expert meetings to be organized by the United Nations Division
for Sustainable Development (DSD/DESA) and other international
organizations, in cooperation with host governments, as mechanisms for
the development of guidelines or manuals for the design and
implementation of national technology strategies.
The focus of the work should be on technologies that increase
productivity while reducing waste and pollution. The initiative is
intended to include four regional meetings which are to be held in the
following order: Latin
America and the Caribbean (Fall 1999), Eastern Europe and the Former
Soviet Union (Summer 2000), Asia and the Pacific (Winter 2001) and
Africa (Fall 2001).
This initiative is intended as a starting point for a process of
development and testing of national cleaner technology strategies.
It will address issues relating to economic growth and social
conditions, as well as environmental protection.
The general objective of the project is to encourage governments to
develop and implement National Cleaner Technology Strategies. These strategies are aimed at promoting research and development
activities and transfer of cleaner technologies on the basis of
partnerships with domestic and foreign private companies, and to promote
the development and commercialisation of cleaner technologies and
modernisation of national industries.
Additional NCTS DOCUMENTS:
- Inventory of International Assistance Programmes for the
Transfer of Cleaner Production Technologies - 1999