Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and their innovative applications are playing a crucial role in facilitating resilient recovery and growth in the Asia-Pacific region, as countries move to mend the severe socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and get back on track to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The International Conference on Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies for Sustainable Development was jointly organized today in New Delhi by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of India.
High-level officials at the Conference exchanged best practices and strategies to promote usage of 4IR technologies for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening healthcare systems, mitigating climate change, improving sustainable production, and fostering resilient economic recovery.
“As we recover from the pandemic, emerging technologies have demonstrated potential for building back better across the economic and social sectors of countries. In particular, 4IR technologies are playing a vital role to support and sustain developmental activities,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in her opening address.