This UNU/UNESCO International Conference was held 23 & 24 August 2006 in Yokohama, Japan. It was intended to provide "a forum for discussing how we can better harness scientific and technological progress to promote social and economic progress, and to foster knowledge creation/diffusion for the benefit of all." Day One consisted of a public symposium in which experts discussed how globalization is changing science and technology, and vice-versa, and the opportunities that these changes offer. On day Two a workshop allowed parallel working group discussions on the various aspects in which science and technology link with, and contribute to, peace and sustainable development.
Among the distinguished speakers and presenters at the conference were UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura and Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation James Collins.
A video portal has been provided for the meeting, and streaming videos will soon be available.