Switzerland retains top spot in 2013 Global Innovation Index

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The Global Innovation Index 2013 was published today, with Switzerland taking the top position for the third year running, followed by Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.

The Index, published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), looked at 142 economies around the world, using 84 indicators including the quality of top universities, availability of microfinance and venture capital deals.

Speaking at the launch of the Index at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the Index shows that the face of innovation in the 21st century is changing.

"Innovation is increasingly open, collaborative and international. As the international community works to develop the post-2015 development agenda, we must continue to harness the transformative power of science, technology and innovation."

Meanwhile, WIPO Director-General, Francis Gurry, says that through innovation we are able to overcome many of the challenges that confront society.

"Our capacity to improve health outcomes, especially in relation to new threats, depends on innovation in drugs and treatments. Our ability to ensure food security will depend on innovation in new plant varieties with higher yields and better characteristics of drought- and pest-resistance. And our capacity to move to a greener economy and to overcome the threat of climate change will depend on innovation in clean energy and a host of other new or improved technologies."

Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.

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