|The IAEA participated in the Innovation Fair that took place on the margins of the Annual Ministerial Review meeting held during the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 1-4 July 2013. At the IAEA booth, meeting participants could collect flyers, brochures and CDs describing IAEA services and activities delivered through the IAEA’s technical cooperation (TC) programme and other mechanisms. Information was provided on the innovative and peaceful use of nuclear technology in the areas of human health, agriculture, energy production and sustainable water management.
Each year, an Innovation Fair is organized during the main part of the annual substantive session of the ECOSOC. The aim is to showcase innovative development approaches and to mobilize a wide range of stakeholders in support of successful development activities.
The IAEA booth, presenting the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation: Making a Difference with Nuclear Technology, highlighted the role of nuclear technology in promoting sustainable development and provided examples of innovative ways in which nuclear technology is used to improve people’s livelihoods.
This year, the ECOSOC also held an Implementation Forum during the High-Level Segment for the first time. The event featured announcements by governments, the private sector, and the UN system in support of the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review (AMR): Science, technology and innovation (STI) and the potential of culture in promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
launched the Economic and Social Council
Innovation Fair 2013
Two IAEA activities were proposed for the Implementation Forum and are now featured on the ECOSOC website. Both activities contribute to sustainable development, aiming to fight recurrent droughts, adverse climate change effects, and threats to food security using innovative technology, and appropriate partnerships.
The featured TC project focuses on the integrated management and sustainable development of shared groundwater resources in the Sahel region to ensure a sustainable water supply. The second activity, the IAEA’s recently signed Practical Arrangement with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, applies the strengths of both organizations to promote evidence based decision making for good soil and water management practices to combat saline conditions, drought and desertification.