27.02.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

UNESCO and WTA strengthen partnership for science park development

UNESCO signed a partnership agreement with the World Technopolis Association (WTA), © UNESCO

UNESCO has signed an agreement with the World Technopolis Association (WTA) to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations in developing science parks and technology business incubators in developing countries. The agreement was signed on 20 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris by UNESCO Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida and WTA President Hong-chul Yum, who is also Mayor of the City of Daejon in the Republic of Korea.


On this occasion, a Letter of Appropriation to Regular Programme was signed by Mayor Hong-chul Yum and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, Gretchen Kalonji, by which WTA committed the amount of US$100,000, renewable over the next five years. This will finance a range of capacity-building projects, as well as the provision of technical assistance and policy advice to Member States wishing to develop science parks and technology business incubators.

During the meeting, Dr Hong-chul Yum proposed engaging in two new initiatives with UNESCO: firstly, the establishment of an International Centre for the Development of Science Parks and Technology Business Incubators in Daejeon that would function as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO; and secondly, the establishment of an International Forum for Innovation (IF2I) that would aim to contribute to worldwide economic development through the promotion of innovation, technopreneurship and the transfer of knowledge and technology. This proposal was warmly received by Getachew Engida and Gretchen Kalonji.

WTA is a non-governmental organization based in Daejeon. Its mandate is to help connect science and technology with regional development, share prosperity by promoting mutually beneficial cooperation and exchanges among science cities around the world and contribute to human happiness and prosperity through the advancement of science and technology.

Since 2005, UNESCO and WTA have jointly organized international, regional and national training workshops to upgrade the skills and knowledge of managers, or future mangers, of science parks and technology business incubators. UNESCO and WTA have also provided interested Member States with related technical assistance.

UNESCO’s cooperation with WTA contributes to UNESCO’s work strengthening the linkages between universities, research institutes and private enterprise, a key to economic development and job creation.

  • Read about UNESCO's work to promote science park governance in developing countries

For details, contact Yoslan Nur

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