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International News: Developing nations lobby support to strengthen science, tech and innovation systems

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2023. 10:19 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Developing countries that attended the G77 summit in Havana, Cuba declared September 16 the annual “Day of Science, Technology and Innovation in the South.”

The final declaration of the G77 Summit noted existing disparities between developed and developing countries in terms of conditions, possibilities and capacities to produce new scientific and technological knowledge.

“We call upon the international community, the United Nations System and the International Financial Institutions to support the efforts of the countries of the South to develop and strengthen their national science, technology and innovation systems,” the organization stated.

According to Reuters, the declaration also referred to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unequal distribution of vaccines.

Meanwhile, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said that U.N. data shows that 10 countries account for 90% of patents and 70% of exports of advanced digital production technologies.

“Creation and dissemination of advanced digital production technologies worldwide remain concentrated, with minor activity in most of the emerging economies,” he said.

The G77 countries called for a special meeting to tackle the issues raised at the summit.

 

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