COP27 Science Day – Green Windows

The path to a sustainable future, especially in developing nations, starts with sustainable technology. Even more important than this crucial fact is that emerging nations are riddled with a number of issues that defeat sustainability in general. These include over population and pollution among others. A lack of education and awareness further adds to gloomy prospects. Still, developing countries, it is the contention of COP27, can and must, seize the opportunities that “green windows” can provide. By adopting technology that is innovative, these countries can grow in the right way.

Concerted International Efforts

COP27, in its agenda, wishes to promote concerted activities and measures to aid developing nations and their economies in leveraging technology for the growth of sustainability. These “green windows” of development can only be realised with global collaboration. This was also the clear message that the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development sent out in October, 2022. The critical role that international cooperation plays in helping emerging nations in spheres of finance and technology to promote the “green windows” plan couldn’t be more emphasised.

Grabbing Opportunities

Grabbing the windows of opportunity, termed as “green windows” for sustainability, is of the utmost importance for nations of a developing nature. The opportunities come with technological innovations and digital information that is the forte of the developed world. Support from the world’s most developed nations like those of the EU and North America can have far-reaching effects in achieving the sustainable development goals of nations that face significant problems. These are problems in terms of pollution, over population, poverty,  and a lack of scientific knowledge. With the advantage offered from the developed world, emerging nations can hope to achieve, at least, some semblance of sustainability in the future.

Developing Countries and Developing Technology

Sustainable technology of a “green” nature can open windows that are like clear pathways to attain jumps in technology. These so-called ‘jumps’ are required, as these nations fall behind the developed world when it comes to science and technology. Developing countries lag behind, with legacy systems that are not likely to work in the modern world. Countries like these can adopt technology in cost-effective ways to generate research and growth and development in the area of sustainability. Instead of time being wasted on experimentation, countries can spur growth in research with help from Western nations. The aim of seizing the possibilities that green windows afford, is to alter policies, the availability of funding, etc. to promote sustainability. The developed world is urgently propelling sustainability in the developing world – this reduces any entry barriers and accelerates the adoption of scientific and technological advancement in developing countries at large.

Going Green and Going Clean

Among the largest hurdles that developing countries face are issues of improper sanitation, lack of productivity, inappropriate access to water and the like. Innovations in science and technology can make nations cleaner and more hygienic, promoting healthier populations. International value chains and sustainability in economic sectors need to be realised in these countries on a war footing basis. For instance, effective and efficient models to bolster the development of resources for renewable energy are at the institutional level in developing countries. Fresh environmental laws are just about being adopted by public and private sector industries. This has to be taken to the individual level too.  Rich countries can have an exchange with less fortunate nations. Developed countries have the technology, but labor is expensive. In developing countries, labor is affordable, but technology is lacking.

Green Windows and a Better View

Speedy advances in the tech sector in most developed nations have the priority of sanitation and clean drinking water at the forefront. Technology in the arena of bioeconomy, big data, artificial intelligence, IoT and nanotechnology can do wonders for emerging nations to overcome forces that cause impediments to sustainability.