Civil society interventions on Technology, Innovation and Capacity Building
First, we question the inclusion of a chapter on technology, innovation and capacity-building in this draft, given there has been no equivalent chapter in previous FfD outcome documents.
Given that the Rio process is mandated to consider issues of technology transfer and capacity-building, we believe that this issue should be considered within the post-2015 development process, which brings the relevant expertise and mandate, and would allow more time in this process to deliberate on core FfD concerns. Moreover, our efforts should be focused on operationalizing the Techology Facilitation Mechanism to help ensure that technology transfer serves the needs of developing countries and address inequality among countries.
That said, if we proceed with these issues in this forum, we make the following suggestions:
We question the title of the section. The conspicuous absence in the title of the phrase “Technology Transfer” casts doubts on the core objective of the Technology section of the document. If this section will be included in the FfD outcome document, it has to be clear in all respects that technology is a means to promote development in developing countries and in bridging the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.
On the whole, the section does not acknowledge the critical importance of indigenous knowledge and practices, including indigenous agricultural knowledge, which are essential to attaining sustainable development and has been a proven foundation for promoting community resilience, adaptation to and mitigation of development challenges such as climate change.