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Workshop 2 Sustainable Development Goals: Financing and the Right to Science in Technology Transfer in SDGs (November 2017)

Wanneer:vr 24-11-2017
Waar:Marie Lokezaal – Harmonie Building


Track 1 Financing the SDGs through International law
Track 2

The Right to Science in Technology & Knowledge Transfer

The Department of International Law, University of Groningen cordially invites you to participate in our second, full-day International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals Workshop More information on the two tracks set out above can be found below, along with information on submissions.

Call for Papers

Universal implementation of the SDGs will require vast amounts of economic, natural, technological and human resources and expertise. It also requires systems for the adequate mobilisation and (re)distribution thereof – at national, regional and global levels. According to SDG 17, implementation requires, inter alia, access to financing, technology, knowledge transfer, capacity building, trade and investment, policy and institutional coherence, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

‘Financing’ and ‘technology and knowledge sharing’ for (sustainable) development are two key strategies and requirements for the SDGs. This has been repeatedly affirmed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development (2015), the Paris Climate Agreement (2015), the UN 2015-2030 UN Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (2015), and the WTO’s Doha Declaration (2001).

At the same time, financing and technology and knowledge sharing are (still) notoriously difficult topics in international law and policy, for burden sharing is difficult to regulate. Can international law be a vehicle for establishing and operationalising legal principles and/or standards for mobilizing, sharing/distributing and allocating adequate resources?

In addition, the crucial role of non-State actors should not be underestimated. In fact, large parts of the world’s GDP are generated by companies and their positive contributions to the SDGs are potentially a conditio sine qua non for their realisation. How can international law assist tapping into these resources, e.g. through tax law, investment law, labour law, obligations of cooperation and assistance, or through public-private partnerships, and new, open and collaborative models of scientific innovation? Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions can make tremendous contributions towards leveraging sufficient resources for the SDGs. Companies and other private actors play a central role in developing, scaling up, disseminating and making available technologies and scientific knowledge (or not!). Other important stakeholders in the ‘multi-stakeholder effort’ for the SDGs include: international organisations, charities/NGOs, religious organizations, philanthropic actors, or individuals themselves (e.g. through taxes, insurance premiums, contracts for service delivery).