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Innovation Policies for SDGs in the Arab Region

Amman, Jordan
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Innovation Policies for SDGs in the Arab RegionUN-Wide workshop on innovation policy

In the framework of the Work Stream 6 (WS6) of the UN-Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation (IATT-STI), ESCWA organized a capacity building workshop on Innovation Policies for SDGs, in Amman between 15 and 19 April 2018. 

Top level experts from United Nations entities including ESCWA, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations University - Merit (UNU-Merit) collaborated to deliver this workshop. 


The workshop focused on:
  • The systemic nature of innovation and innovation policy;
  • Various components of an innovation policy, especially the distinction between financial and non-financial instruments and their impacts;
  • Importance of policies for increasing the supply of technically trained human resources for R&D and other innovation activities;
  • Collection and presentation of conventional indicators, which can be used to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of specific instruments of innovation policies; 
  • New innovation indicators, such as community innovation surveys, while understanding the limitations of replicating such efforts in developing countries; and
  • Integration of evaluation into the actual design of innovation policies.