Institutions for Global Innovation Governance
Faith in existing international institutions (including those associated with trade) to act in the interests of the poor and to address global challenges is diminishing. In addition, international shifts in power demand radical changes to many of these formal structures. There are widespread calls for new institutions that adopt a more inclusive and accountable system of innovation governance, many of which would involve strong representation from the global South and the active participation of civil society groups.
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- United Nations Commission on Science, Technology and Development, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council, already undertakes important work in this area, although this is restricted, advisory and the involvement of civil society is limited.
- There have previously been several calls for international institutions of various kinds, each with the objective of more equitable and sustainable governance of science, technology and innovation. For example, civil society groups working on nanotechnology have called for a UN-based International Convention on the Evaluation on New Technologies (ICENT)
- Jolly, R., Emmerij, L. & Weiss, T. (2009) 'UN Ideas that changed the world’ Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis. The United Nations has not only provided a focus for international governance but also acted as a source of ideas for progressive change.
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