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An Introduction to Nano-scale Technologies and the Implications for the Global South

  • Author: UN
  • Publication date: February 2009
  • Page count: 100
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 08.I.26

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The Dossier warns that the immediate and most pressing issue is that nanotechnologies are likely to bring huge socio-economic disruptions for which society is not prepared. Governments must gain the capacity to understand and address the potential impacts of nano-scale technologies, to participate in assessing them and determine research priorities based on human needs and development. The Dossier ends by calling for a coherent UN approach to nanotechnology and advocates an International Convention on Evaluation of New Technologies (ICENT), put forward by civil society, to monitor and assess the introduction of new technologies in a participatory and transparent process that supports societal understanding, encourages scientific discovery, and facilitates equitable benefitsharing.