United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Commission provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues.

UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission.




26 September 2016Technology opens new opportunity, policy makers must prepare for disruption
23 September 2016Note from Peter Major on the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
19 August 2016First meeting of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), 30 September, Geneva
02 May 2016Establishment of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation - Note on Composition
03 March 2016Establishment of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation - Next Steps
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 Annual sessions


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 Inter-sessional panels

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
11-13 Jan 2016CSTD 2015-2016 Inter-sessional PanelBudapestHungary
02-04 Dec 2013CSTD 2013-2014 Inter-sessional PanelWashington, D.C.United States of America
26-28 Nov 2014CSTD 2014-2015 Inter-sessional PanelGenevaSwitzerland
07-09 Jan 2013CSTD 2012-2013 Inter-sessional PanelLimaPeru
12-15 Dec 2011CSTD 2011-2012 Inter-sessional PanelManila (Philippines)
14-17 Dec 2010CSTD 2010-2011 Inter-sessional Panel Geneva
08-11 Nov 2009CSTD 2009-2010 Inter-sessional Panel Geneva
11-14 Nov 2008CSTD 2008-2009 Inter-sessional Panel Santiago (Chile)
27-30 Nov 2007CSTD 2007-2008 Inter-sessional Panel Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
06-08 Nov 2006CSTD Panel - Promoting the building of a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive information society, with a view to enhancing digital opportunities for all peopleParis
10-12 Nov 2005CSTD Panel - Bridging the technology gap between and within nationsRabat
26-29 Oct 2004CSTD Panel Meeting on Science and Technology Promotion, Advice and Application for the Achievement of the Millennium Development GoalsVienna
29-31 Oct 2003CSTD, Panel Meeting on Promoting the Application of Science and Technology to Meet the Development Goals contained in the Millenium DeclarationTuñez (Tuñez)
15-17 Jan 2003CSTD-Third Panel Meeting on Enhancing Strategic Competitiveness in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Luanda (Angola)
15-17 Oct 2002CSTD-Second Panel Meeting on Linking Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Technology Development for Capacity Building and Strategic CompetitivenessColombo (Sri Lanka)
22-24 May 2002CSTD-First Panel Meeting on Indicators of Technology DevelopmentGeneva
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