11 Oct, Binh Duong New City, Viet Nam: From October 10th - 12th 2018 the World Technopolis Association (WTA), the Ministry of Science and Technology, Binh Duong Province and UNESCO partnered up to co-organize the 11th WTA General Assembly, the 15th WTA Hi-Tech Fair and the 2018 Global Innovation Forum in Binh Duong New City.
The theme of this year’s forum ‘Towards a better place to live: Smart City’, resonates strongly with UNESCO as it is in line with the organization’s wider efforts to promote sustainable cities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To achieve the objective that no one is left behind, however, a true Smart City is a city that creates sustainable economic development and quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas, such as economy, mobility, environment, inclusivity, and governance.
Addressing in the event, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that data transparency at the government, business and community level is crucial for scientists in allowing them to develop ideas on the construction of smart cities: “The summit and its related events in Binh Duong provides a platform for managers and scientists to share valuable experience and lessons on innovation and creativity. This will have a positive impact on renovation and innovation in all cities and provinces.”
In his remarks, the UNESCO representative in Vietnam, Michael Croft, welcomed the continued collaboration with the World Technopolis Association. In promoting connections between institutions, cities and countries to share knowledge and experience in innovation “we also advance the cause of a culture of peace, which is at the heart of UNESCO’s actions to support international cooperation in education, culture and the sciences.” Noting that the launch falls on the International Day of the Girl Child, he emphasized the efforts of UNESCO ensure that young women and girls participate as equals in the area of science and technology and innovation, emphasizing that “we cannot claim to be innovative if we are not inclusive.”