United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Egypt statement
Post 2015 Session on MOIs
Technology Facilitation Mechanism
April 22, 2015
Thank you for holding this session, I would like to provide the following points:
I would like to thank H.E. Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, and H.E. Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil for their presentation.
1- The role of technology in addressing poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development has been addressed in para 273 of the outcome document of Rio+ 20, as we aim to achieve a transformative universal agenda, technology stands out as a pivotal MOI to supporting our efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
2- Addressing the technology gap will be critical in achieving economic growth, supporting developing countries efforts to meet the challenges of the different phases of the technology, this can be achieved through the agreed upon issue of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism. This issue has been addressed in various GA resolutions, ending with A/Res/69/214, which indicated that the discussions on the possible arrangements for a Technology Facilitation Mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies, based on the recommendations included in the four one day structured dialogues will be brought to conclusion in the context of the elaboration of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
3- Work and effort have been exerted by the member states and secretariat in this regard, which indicated the need to address the current technology deficit, through a comprehensive approach to technology cooperation, that deals with the different phases of the technology cycle, and strengthens developing countries’ capabilities in this regard, while enhancing coordination and coherence among international efforts on Technology
4- We believe that the proposed technology facilitation mechanism should aim for the following:
a) Better coordinate and support the implementation of technology-related international commitments, agreements and conventions
b) Facilitate the exchange of experiences, best practices and lessons learned across agreements and sectors.
c) Address gaps throughout the full technology cycle, from research to development, demonstration, market formation and diffusion;
d) Foster truly global, cooperative technology undertakings and partnerships that engage all interested Governments and major groups, including the private sector;
e) Improve technology transfer, and recommend actions and measures for this purpose, including between developing countries;
f) Examine how to address intellectual property rights constraints/challenges for technology transfer.
g) Promote technology needs assessment;
h) Build and expand open international networks of collaboration in research, development and demonstration that allow for the participation of all countries, in particular the poorest;
i) Better coordinate capacity-building work by the United Nations to identify synergies, avoid duplication and improve effectiveness of capacity building activities
5- A global technology facilitation mechanism should consist of:
a) A global mechanism, with a technology development fund, in order to strengthen global research, development and demonstration cooperation, technology transfer and participation of developing countries;
b) Network of technology transfer, innovation and information centers, based on existing global and regional centers, online platforms, clearing houses, international conventions with technology provisions and economic partnership agreements;
c) Public-private partnerships including on collaborative intellectual property systems and licensing;
d) Capacity development programs and knowledge platforms, and technology needs assessment
e) A management and coordination structure within the United Nations, including regional and sub-regional cooperative mechanisms and national coordination units, which could be assisted by an advisory team composed of experts and stakeholders.

Thank you.