Our future depends on making the most of all sources of human ingenuity to reconcile inclusive development with social justice, poverty eradication and environmental sustainability. These are the stakes of the new global development agenda that States are shaping to follow 2015.
Over the last decades, investment in innovation has expanded globally, including in many developing countries, where the pressures of climate change and social and economic transformation weigh the heaviest. We need to craft new solutions that draw on the creativity of all societies and make the most of the power of science, technology and innovation - this requires stronger forms of cooperation and networking.
This is the importance of the Daejeon Global Innovation Forum -- a new joint initiative between UNESCO and the World Technopolis Association, with financial support from Daejeon Metropolitan City and INNOBIZ Association, for which I am deeply grateful. The theme of the Forum, Innovation 4.0: Shifting the Innovation Paradigm toward Creative Economy, is timely and important, to explore new strategies to support creative economies and boost cooperation through science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
This reflects the longstanding cooperation between UNESCO and the World Technopolis Association to promote a culture of innovation, including though the development of science parks and technology business incubators, as well as policy advice to States and capacity building at all levels.
All of this, along with the Daejeon Global Innovation Forum, reflects the commitment that we share to nurture stronger innovation systems, to encourage the creation of knowledge-based small and medium size enterprises, and to promote connections between individuals and organizations, in order to generate ground-up solutions that respond to the needs of local communities. In this spirit, I thank the organisers once again and wish the Forum every success.
Director-General of UNESCO
Co-Chair of DGIF