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S&T cooperation in international organizations: As a leading institute in Korea, STEPI actively participates in major international organizations, multilateral meetings and regional activities.
Overview
Based on the continuing need to have a consultative mechanism within the OECD; whereby, science, technology and innovation policy issues and problems and challenges of a national and international nature abound, the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) was established in February 1972. The committee is responsible for encouraging co-operation among member countries in the fields of science, technology and innovation policy, with a view toward contributing to the achievement of their economic, social and scientific aims, including job creation, sustainable development and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

In pursuit of these objectives, the committee determines the strategic orientations of its subsidiary bodies, and ensures their co-operation, policy integration and evaluation. It maintains close working relationships with other relevant bodies of the organization as well, particularly the Industry Committee, the Economic Policy Committee, the Environment Policy Committee and the Education Committee. CSTP also cooperates appropriately with other international and regional organizations active in the fields of science, technology and innovation policy.

The following working groups are within the committee:

  • Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI)
  • Working Party on Biotechnology
  • OECD Global Science Forum
  • Working Party on Technology and Innovation Policy(TIP)
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Overview
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization was established in 1989, in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. Beginning as an informal dialogue group, APEC has since become the primary regional vehicle for promoting open trade and practical economic cooperation. Its main goals are to advance Asia-Pacific economic dynamism and sense of community. Despite the financial instability of 1997-98, the Asia-Pacific region remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world. It is a major contributor to global prosperity and stability. Today, APEC includes all of the major economies of the region and the most dynamic, fastest growing economies in the world. Peru, Russia and Vietnam became the most recent members of the APEC community at the "10th APEC Ministerial Meeting" held 14-15 November 1998, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Other members include Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei, China-Hong Kong, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and Chile. APEC's 21 member economies had a combined Gross Domestic Product of over US$16 trillion in 1996 and 45 percent of global trade.

The APEC Chair, which rotates annually among members, is responsible for hosting the annual ministerial meeting of foreign and economic ministers. At the 1989 "Canberra Ministerial Meeting," it was agreed that it would be appropriate that every alternate ministerial meeting be held in an ASEAN economy. Senior officials meetings (SOM) are held regularly prior to every ministerial meeting. APEC senior officials make recommendations to the ministers, and carry out their decisions. They oversee and coordinate, with approval from ministers, the budgets and work programs of APEC fora. APEC member economies have hosted a number of other ministerial meetings for ministers of education, energy, environment and sustainable development, finance, human resources development, regional science and technology cooperation, small and medium enterprises, telecommunications and information industries, trade, and transportation. "APEC 2005" Korea was held in Busan and its basic theme was "APEC: Co-prosperous Open Community."

Relationship with STEPI
STEPI was designated the "APEC Study Center for Science and Technology" in 1997, a member of the APEC Study Consortium in Korea. As such, STEPI follows up and coordinates research and policy advisory activities of academic and policy institutions on Korea's participation in APEC science and technology activities. Specifically, STEPI conducts policy research, and provides policy recommendations and in-kind support to the government in the area of APEC S&T initiatives. These initiatives include activities being conducted at the Leaders Meeting, the Ministers Meeting, SOM Subcommittee on Ecotech (ESC), and Industrial Science and Technology Working Group (ISTWG), etc.
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Overview
  • Name: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Founded on November 16, 1945 (London, UK)
  • Member: 195 members, 8 associate members
  • HQ: Paris, France
Organization
General Conference, Executive Board, Secretariat, members, National Commission, Permanent Delegation
Major activity
  • Enact international standard (conventions, recommendations, declarations) in education, science and culture field
  • Mediate international cooperation
  • Science contributing to lifelong education and human prosperity
  • Cultural development based on world's heritage protection and creativity
  • Address information gap by sharing information and knowledge
Participation in STEPI
STEPI cooperate with the Science and Technology Policy Asian Network(STEPAN), an affiliated organization of UNESCO to participate in research, information exchange and consultation for science technology policy in the region for the development of Asian countries.
Held STEPAN International Workshop in 2004

offered a chance to exchange Korea's innovation-oriented growth model with STEPAN countries and learn from each other

Held Asian Pacific Regional Workshop in 2011 jointly with UNESCO and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO as part of the cooperation with STEPAN

discussed strategic measures to pursue science technology innovation and development for Asian developing countries under the theme of 'strategic innovation for development

Overview
  • Name: United Nations Development Programme
  • Established: in 1965
  • HQ: New York, US
Organization
Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) elects 36 countries as executive board every three year
Major activity
  • Establish and manage projects to help developing countries' economic and social development
  • Financial support and research on technological assistance
  • Manage all development projects about income rise, health improvement, democratic politics, environmental issues, energy
  • Publish Human Development Report including human development index since 1990
Participation in STEPI
STEPI cooperate with the Science and Technology Policy Asian Network(STEPAN), an affiliated organization of UNESCO to participate in research, information exchange and consultation for science technology policy in the region for the development of Asian countries. Held STEPAN International Workshop in 2004

offered a chance to exchange Korea's innovation-oriented growth model with STEPAN countries and learn from each other

Held Asian Pacific Regional Workshop in 2011 jointly with UNESCO and the Korean National ommission for UNESCO as part of the cooperation with STEPAN

  • discussed strategic measures to pursue science technology innovation and development for Asian developing countries under the theme of 'strategic innovation for development'.
  • Began UNDP's new cooperation program with Korea in 2010 based on the cooperative relationship thanks to UNDP's Korea national program that started in the 1960s. Aims to support developing countries in strengthening their capacity and reducing poverty by transferring the experience of Korea, a donor country, that science technology development led to national growth, and seek trilateral cooperation where Korea and UNDP SU-SSC(Special Unit for South-South Cooperation) support cooperation among developing nations STEPI serves as liaison for cooperation program. Director Lee Myeong-Jin works as a member of Steering Committee for program coordination and consultation

    Task for Year 1
    • Regional Cooperative Agreement Regional Office(RCARO) (Promoting and Accelerating Nuclear SPECT/ PET Imaging Technologies in the Region)
    • Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program(TEMEP) of Seoul National University (Learning-by-experiences for Development Strategy)
    • Canaan Farmers School(Agricultural Technology Education for Sustainable Community Development)
    • Regional Cooperative Agreement Regional Office(RCARO) (Capacity Building of Educators in Asia and the Pacific for Achievement of MDGs)
    • Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) (Asian RICE(Regional Initiative for Climate Change Education) Project)
    Task for Year 2
    • Asia Pacific Women's Information Network Center(APWINC), Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation (IACF) of Sookmyung Women's University (SMU) (Innovation Strategies for Andean Women's Participation in Digital economy)
    • Educators Without Borders (EWB) (Peer Review for Capacity Development of Educational Leadership in Africa)
    • Science & Technology Policy Institute(STEPI) (Innovation System Diagnosis and STI Strategy Development for the Least Developed Countries(LDCs))
    • Institute for Community Health, Industry University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea (Capacity Development Program for School health Initiatives in Developing Countries: Healthy School Develment Project (HSDP))
    • Asian Institute for Energy, Envirnment and Sustainability(AIEES), Seoul National University (SNU) (Capacity Development for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)+ readiness in Developing Countries.)