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Ban appoints governing body of technology bank for least developed nations

In a note to correspondents issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson highlighted that a dedicated trust fund has also been set up to support the preparatory phase of the Technology Bank in the lead-up to its establishment by the General Assembly. The trust fund is open to contributions from Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations. This announcement comes hours before the opening in Antalya, Turkey, of the three-day Midterm Review of the 2011Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), which set out a vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs through 2020. The Secretary-General established a High-Level Panel in November 2014 to study the scope and functions of a proposed new Technology Bank and dedicated to helping LDCs advance out of poverty. For its part, the Governing Council will “formulate principles and policies governing the activities and operations of the mechanism, including preparing its Charter for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly,” the note said. The Governing Council will be chaired by Mohamed H.A. Hassan (Sudan), President of the InterAcademy Partnership and former Chairman of the Council of the UN University. In addition, Gyan Chandra Acharya (Nepal), Under Secretary-General and High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, will be the Secretary-General’s representative in the body, serving as vice-chair. Abdoulaye Yero Balde, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Guinea and Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and member of the Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, will also form part of the governing council. Other members of the Governing Council are listed here. The Istanbul action plan called for the establishment of a Technology Bank and a Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to least developed countries. “This has been a long-standing priority of the LDCs confirmed in the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda and in Sustainable Development Goal 17,” the spokesperson’s note said. The Government of Turkey has offered to host the Technology Bank in Gebze, Turkey. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to battle No 2 Nittany Lions

Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) attempt to block a hit during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter its ranking took another hit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team faces a road test against a highly ranked opponent.The No. 24 Buckeyes (14-6, 2-6), who were ranked as high as No. 12 earlier this season in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, are scheduled to travel to State College, Pa., for a match against No. 2 Penn State (16-2, 7-1).OSU is coming off a four-set loss at Illinois, but coach Geoff Carlston said the Buckeyes can take some positives out of the loss as they prepare for the Nittany Lions.“We played a lot better, we did a lot of good things,” Carlston said. “We just have to keep improving.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin said the team needs to stay together as a group and keep working hard every day in practice.“We just (need to) keep working on the things that we need to on offense and defense and keep saying focused as a team,” she said.Freshman defensive specialist Valeria León said it will take hard work and a strong performance to beat the Nittany Lions, but that it will be important to relax.“It will be a great game,” León said. “We have to have fun and stay together and compete.”Penn State, which advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament, has been one of the more successful teams women’s volleyball teams in recent years. That success includes four-straight national championships from 2007-10.The Nittany Lions’ strong reputation has stuck with them ever since.“In a way, they just kind of have that Penn State swag about them because they have been so good these past few years,” senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary said.Carlston gave credit to the Penn State coaching staff for the team’s continued success.“They’re the most athletic team in the country,” he said. “(Penn State coach Russ Rose) has done a great job of recruiting ridiculous talent.”OSU is searching for a change in momentum in Big Ten play, and freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said it would be huge to end the team’s conference struggles against the second ranked team in the nation.“I’m really excited because it’s Penn State, you always hear that it’s the best team ever,” Sandbothe said. “I think the best part is (that) nobody expects we can do it (win). That’s even more motivation.”The match at Penn State will end a three game road trip for the Buckeyes. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The team is then slated to return home to St. John Arena to host No. 13 Nebraska at 7 p.m Friday. read more

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