United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development
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Issues Brief 12 - Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

Publication Year: 2012 Publisher: UN-DESA

Science

Related Goals
17

Technology

Related Goals
17

Background

This note was prepared as an input to the ongoing discussion on priority issues for Rio+20. It provides an overview of global trends in science and technology1 for sustainable development since the Earth Summit in 1992, and reviews the related UN debate, global commitments and their achievement since. Only four time-bound targets were identified and overall delivery on these and related general technology commitments has not been encouraging.