Technology, Innovation, Partnerships Critical For Sustainable Development, Ban Says

During a visit to Estonia on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Our sustainable development goals must be informed by the best science. They must be bold in ambition yet simple in design. They must be universal yet responsive to the complexities and needs of individual countries. They must be rights-based, with special emphasis on women, young people and marginalized groups. And they must protect the planet’s resources and support action to tackle climate change,” Ban said, according to the news service (11/16). In an interview with The Guardian’s “Media Network” blog, Ban spoke “about the post-2015 development agenda and the power of partnerships to address complex challenges at a global level,” according to the newspaper. According to the interview transcript, Ban highlights several initiatives, saying, “Such partnerships and alliances are the wave of the future in helping governments to pursue their development priorities and in eliciting the engagement of all those in a position to help make a difference” (Davidi, 11/15).