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Hosted the 1st Asia-Pacific S&T Cooperation Forum for 2019 (January 28)

- Served as the venue for experts of international organizations to facilitate communication in S&T cooperation

The Ministry of Science and ICT co-hosted Asia-Pacific science and technology cooperation forum with Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) at Korea-ASEAN center in Seoul on January 25.

This forum is a venue to facilitate communication between experts from international organizations and people interested in policies. Institutions in charge of science and technology cooperation** and experts from major international organizations in Asia Pacific region for 2019* participate in the forum to share tangible outcomes from last year and discuss directions for cooperation for this year.

* international organization: APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), ASEAN (Association of southeast Asian Nations), UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

** participants: STEPI, KISTEP, APCTP, APEC Mentoring Center for the Gifted in Science, APEC Climate Center, KEITI, APEC-Virtual Center

Since the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the international community in 2015, various international organizations have discussed policies in the field of science and technology innovation for successful implementation of SDGs.

Last year, Korea attended the science and technology committee within major international organizations of Asia Pacific region to take part in discussions on “reaching consensus on the vision of inclusive digital community”, “smart living and healthy aging”, “promoting the spirit of female entrepreneurship based on science and technology” and “facilitating data sharing for economic recovery”.

In the forum, ways to foster science and technology international cooperation in the Asia Pacific region were discussed. It was also a venue for sharing major accomplishments of cooperative activities of each international organization (APEC, ASEAN, UN ESCAP) and future plans and experts provided their comments.

The results of these cooperative activities were published as issue papers of international organizations (Asia-Pacific STI Brief) and distributed to relevant domestic agencies and experts, so that it can serve as an opportunity for achievements of science and technology cooperation to be redistributed.

In particular, what has been discussed at the forum in regard to cooperation with ASEAN will be shared with ASEAN countries through science and technology committee. Its major achievements will also be introduced at the Korea-ASEAN special summit to be held in November.

Director of Multilateral Cooperation Division of MSIT said, “as part of efforts to increase capability for science and technology diplomacy, we will actively participate in international conferences. MSIT will also regularly operate programs for facilitating communication for sharing global agendas with domestic community and strengthening cooperation network with stakeholders related to policies.”

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