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SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE  July 2005

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE July 2005

Subject:

NanoGeoPolitics

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Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 28 Jul 2005 14:06:34 -0700

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--- ETC Group <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 16:01:18 -0400
> Subject: ETC Group: NanoGeoPolitics
> 
> Thursday, 28 July 2005
> News Release
> www.etcgroup.org
> 
> ETC Group today releases a new 48-page report on the
> geopolitics of 
> nanotechnology. NanoGeoPolitics, offers an in-depth
> survey of the 
> current state of nanotechnology policy debates
> ranging from regulatory 
> initiatives to social dialogues and from G8
> statements to CSO activism 
> (civil society). ETC describes three main approaches
> being adopted by 
> nano players: the so-called optimists, realists, and
> skeptics. Seven 
> current issues/areas of rapid change and ample
> controversy are also 
> discussed, including efforts to develop nanotech
> standards, safety 
> protocols, the role of nano-ethicists and public
> relations firms, and 
> more. In conclusion, ETC Group puts forward a civil
> society proposal to 
> create a UN International Convention for the
> Evaluation of New 
> Technologies (ICENT).
> 
> The full text of the 48-page report, with original
> cartoons by Reymond 
> Page, is available on the ETC Group website in PDF
> format: 
> www.etcgroup.org
> 
> Summary:
> 
> At the Gleneagles Summit earlier this month, the
> G(whiz)8 saw 'More 
> Science' as the South's solution to poverty and
> global warming. Behind 
> the scenes, the leading nano nations are rushing to
> set the rules for 
> global nanotechnology governance.
> 
> Issue: Fearful that nanotech may face the same fate
> as biotech crops, 
> the G8 used their Gleneagles summit to promote "new
> technologies" 
> (including nanotech and biotech) as the magic bullet
> to "make poverty 
> history" and to neutralize global warming. By
> hinting at the 
> possibility of  billions for science
> capacity-building in the South, 
> the North hopes to make allies of South governments,
> scientists, 
> development NGOs, and environmentalists. Meanwhile,
> the real action is 
> behind the scenes where various government/industry
> and scientific 
> institutions are rushing to negotiate what the EU
> hopes will become a 
> nanotech "code of conduct"(but, in light of US
> opposition may turn into 
> a "framework of shared principles") and lay down the
> global standards, 
> regulations, and market modus operandi for the
> greatest industrial 
> revolution society has ever (not) seen coming.
> Social policy is being 
> replaced by science policy. In this Communique, ETC
> Group reviews the 
> emerging nanogeopolitics landscape.
> 
> Impact: According to industry, nanotechnology will
> contribute to a 
> commercial market exceeding $1 trillion by 2011 and
> $2.6 trillion (15% 
> of global manufacturing output) by 2014 - 10 times
> biotech and equaling 
> the combined informatics and telecom industries.
> OECD countries - 
> convinced that technological convergence at the
> nano-scale is the 
> "future" - are in an all-out race to secure economic
> advantage: health 
> and environmental considerations are secondary;
> socioeconomic impacts 
> will have to wait; regulations, if they can't be
> avoided, must be 
> voluntary to keep the train speeding from lab to
> marketplace on track. 
> By some industry estimates, the die will have been
> cast for the 
> strategic shape of a New Nano Economic Order within
> the next 12 to 24 
> months.
> 
> Fora: In keeping with the G8's pro-poor science
> push, the European 
> Commission in Brussels hosted a second meeting to
> consider a draft Code 
> of Conduct / Framework of Shared Principles for
> nanotechnology. In 
> march-step, the OECD is conducting meetings in Paris
> to hammer out a 
> global regulatory approach to address nano's
> unresolved (and 
> increasingly worrisome) health and environmental
> issues. Only the 
> Macro-South  (i.e., Brazil, China, India, Korea,
> Singapore, South 
> Africa, Argentina, Mexico, etc.) usually attend
> these closed-door nano 
> policy-setting meetings. To date, the UN and its
> specialized agencies 
> have been sidelined. If all South governments hope
> to have a say in 
> this technological upheaval, the role of converging
> technologies should 
> be discussed during the Millennium Development Goals
> Assessment in New 
> York Sept. 14-16 and by each of the specialized UN
> agencies as soon as 
> possible.
> 
> Policies: With public confidence in both private and
> government science 
> at an all-time low, full societal dialogue on
> nano-scale technological 
> convergence is critical. It is not for scientists to
> "educate" the 
> public but for society to determine the goals and
> processes for the 
> technologies they finance. There is no need for a
> sui generis (and 
> inevitably voluntary) code of conduct for nanotech,
> but there is need 
> for a much broader and legally-binding International
> Convention for the 
> Evaluation of New Technologies (ICENT). South
> governments negotiating 
> commodity and manufacturing trade-offs at the WTO
> Ministerial in Hong 
> Kong in December will be asked to give away
> sovereignty in exchange for 
> market access for raw materials or finished goods
> that may quickly 
> become irrelevant with nanotechnology's development.
> 
> For more information:
> 
> Pat Mooney:  [log in to unmask]   Ottawa, ON (Canada)
> +1 613 241-2267
> Hope Shand: [log in to unmask]  Carrboro, NC (USA) 
> +1 919 960-5767
> Kathy Jo Wetter: [log in to unmask]  Carrboro, NC
> (USA) +1 919 960-5223
> Silvia Ribeiro: [log in to unmask]  Mexico City
> (Mexico) +52 5555 6326 
> 64
> 

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