Secretary-General Appoints Group To Support Technology Facilitation Mechanism


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced the appointment of a group of 10 experts to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.
The Technology Facilitation Mechanism is meant to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The Mechanism comprises a United Nations interagency task team on science, technology and innovation, which currently gathers 25 United Nations entities, an annual multistakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation, and an online platform that serves as a gateway for information on existing science, technology and innovation initiatives, mechanisms and programmes.

The 10-Member Group consists of representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community.  They will advise the United Nations Interagency Task Team, in particular on preparations for the annual meetings of the multistakeholder forum and on support for the development and operationalization of the online platform.
The Group consists of both social and natural scientists.  They have internationally recognized expertise that covers all stages of the technology and innovation life cycle, from science to research and development to technology deployment.
Group Members

Peter Bakker (Netherlands), President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Elmer William Jr. Colglazier (United States), Senior Scholar, Visiting Scientist, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Myrna Cunningham (Nicaragua), President, Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples
Elenita Daño (Philippines), Asia Director, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
Hayat Sindi (Saudi Arabia), Founder and President, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity
Paulo Ernani Gadelha Vieira (Brazil), President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Heide Hackmann (South Africa), Executive Director, International Council for Science
Romain Murenzi (Rwanda), Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences
Nebojsa Nakicenovic (Montenegro), Deputy Director, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Xiaolan Fu (United Kingdom), Director, Technology and Management Centre for Development, Oxford University