Creating Our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation

Blog contributed by Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Republic of Korea; Chair of 2015 OECD Ministerial Meeting.
 
As the world struggles with the economic downturn left in the wake of the global financial crisis, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from growth to a focus on more sustainable development. Accompanying this shift is a worldwide effort to solve serious global challenges that include climate change, energy, health care, and poverty.
 
Science, technology and innovation is increasingly being hailed as the best solutions to these global challenges. Thus science and technology must be driven to develop along the pathways that can fulfill these new needs, and each nation must take into account these new requirements in establishing science and technology strategy. Keeping in step with this global trend, the OCED released the "Innovation Strategy Report" in 2010 following the discussion of the "Development of an OCED Innovation Strategy" at the OCED Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). A revised "OECD Innovation Strategy 2015" will be published during the OECD CSTP Ministerial Meeting scheduled for this year. These milestones show us once again that the OCED, an organization that has played a leading role in  global science, technology and innovation policy development, has spared no effort in devising means to advance this vital field and continues to play a central role in the global discussion on this issue.
 
After joining the OECD in 1996, the Republic of Korea has been a partner in world economic development by working together with the global community to search for solutions to global problems, compare policy cases, and fine-tune both domestic and international policies. 
 
The OECD Ministerial Meeting has played a very important role in transforming the global science and technology policy agenda. High-level discussion on both immediate key policy issues as well as future issues has allowed the Meeting to present a lucid direction for science and technology and lead the efforts for mutual policy coordination and balancing between member nations.
Under the theme of "Science, Technology and Innovation for the 21st Century", the last Ministerial Meeting held in 2004 identified the key measures for linking science and innovation and laid the fundamental foundations for restructuring the intellectual property rights environment for science and technology and for developing top science and technology talent.
 
This year, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea, together with the OECD, will host this important event in Daejeon, the cradle of Korea's scientific development, bringing the Meeting together for the first time in 11 years. An especially notable milestone for this year's event will be the invitation of ASEAN nations. The theme of this year's Ministerial Meeting will be "Creating Our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation", with the aim of developing viable solutions for the pressing issues the world faces today. The Meeting will provide a venue for Korea to share its experience of achieving remarkable economic growth through science, technology and innovation. 
 
In addition, the event will also provide a precious opportunity for discussing with the global community the key concept of the creative economy that espouses a paradigm shift to a knowledge-based economy founded on science, technology and innovation and creativity. The event is expected to help establishing new growth models that can address global issues through science, technology and innovation. The realization of the creative economy will provide opportunities for new markets, new jobs and sustainable growth by highlighting the role of creativity in strengthening science and technology and ICT capacities. It is our hope that the active participation of Korea and the international community to this year's Meeting will create a valuable platform for driving future global growth.
 
Leading up to the OECD Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting, Korea will also host the World Science and Technology Forum. The Forum is a valuable venue for leading academic experts and global CEOs to provide their insight and acumen regarding growth through science, technology and innovation. A wide range of special events are prepared so that both the  general public as well as experts can fully enjoy the science and realize what the science can bring for our future.
 
On behalf of Korea and the Korean science and technology community, I wish to extend my sincerest welcome to ministers from around the world, and I hope that you will experience the beautiful autumn of Korea and the warm hospitality of the Korean people. I will greatly appreciate if you will participate in discussing a grand policy framework and global standard that will shape the next decade of science, technology and innovation. 
 

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