SOCHI, 28 September 2018 – An international forum to discuss nature-based and convergent technologies is taking place in the Russian city of Sochi, located on the Black Sea coast. The event is organized by Russia’s National Research Centre Kurchatov, in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Some 500 people are taking part in the Forum and are discussing topical issues concerning the development of nature-friendly technologies and the risks and challenges associated with the formation of a nature-friendly technosphere.
The term "convergent technologies" refers to the integration of nano-, bio-, information and cognitive technologies in the process of creation of results that are not achievable when using them separately.
Addressing the Forum, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Deputy to the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said, “This is the first international event to provide an ideal setting for sharing knowledge and best practices among experts and policymakers in the rapidly evolving field of naturally-based and convergent technologies.”
He continued, “UNIDO, together with our partners in Russia, is committed to promote these new technological approaches to advance global prosperity and sustainability. Such an event is all the more important ahead of the 2019 Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) which will also be focusing on nature-based technologies and biometric design.”
Andrey Fursenko, an aid to the President of the Russian Federation, emphasized that the topic of the Forum is very timely. “We seem to be doing everything right. For example, Russia’s National Technological Initiative is the right initiative. It works correctly. But the world, the external world, often independently of our direct actions, changes faster. We are late on very many issues. We do not see the problems associated with climate, ecology, quality of life, the increase in the danger of epidemics. We are late. And the answer to these dangers and the use of the opportunities that are provided to us today lie in the field of nature.”
Mikhail Kutyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, warned of the need to resolve the confrontation with Nature. “We all need to learn to better understand Nature… I think everyone knows the global challenges today. Many of them come from nature. And we need, as soon as possible, to master the mechanisms and laws of nature, to better understand the structure of the world.”
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