Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Statement – United Nations General Assembly: Impact of exponential technological change on sustainable development and peace

New York, 22/12/2017 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 180116_4
Statements on behalf of the EU

22 December 2017, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Mr. Andrea Pontiroli, First Secretary, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Seventy Second Session 75th plenary meeting on the Draft resolution: Impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Mr President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Armenia, align themselves with this statement.

The European Union and its Member States would like to thank Mexico for their constructive facilitation of the process and all delegations for their engagement.

Mr President, we believe that it is important to deepen our understanding of the impact that rapid technological change can have on the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

We see merit in exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by these technologies, fully engaging all stakeholders, and we welcome the commitment by Mexico and other participants to avoid politicization of this topic.

In this respect, we note with appreciation today’s adoption of the resolution on the impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

We look forward to the findings of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the consideration by the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr President, taking note of these discussions, the European Union and its Member States believe that the discussion on this topic should continue in the appropriate existing forums, which are: the Technology Facilitation Mechanism; the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals; and the Commission on Science and Technology for Development – also with a view to avoid any duplication.

This is in line with our wider objective to strengthen the role and the authority of the General Assembly, including by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its work.

Thank you.


* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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