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United Nations Technology Bank Recognises importance of GÉANT and research and education networks


The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, received a proposal calling for the
establishment of a Technical Bank for the world's least developed countries  - Feasibility Study for a United Nations technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries"
The Technology Bank feasibility study was requested by the Secretary General of the United Nations, who tasked a high level panel, supported by the UN Office of The High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, to make recommendations on the establishment of the bank.
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The study explains  aims to enable researchers in developing countries, and those in Europe and other countries with more established research infrastructures, to collaborate with their peers across the globe.

The Study lists specific practical actions to achieve this aim, including:

  • - the Technology Bank is itself to be connected to the global NREN fabric;
  • - the already-established NRENs in LDCs to communicate about the Technology Bank to their institutions, campuses and scientists;
  • - the creation of NRENs in LDCs to be actively supported.

UN photo, Evan Schneider
Dorte Olesen (third from right), GÉANT Board of Directors member, at Handover of the Report of the High Level Panel of Experts on Technology Bank and Science


See presentation of the - TECHNOLOGY BANK FOR LDC's 

- Release on UN Technolgy Bank