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Science, Technology and Innovation for Development
 

dtl_sti4d01_350x240.jpgScience, technology and innovation (STI) are key drivers of economic and social development.

The experience of successful developing countries shows that STI policies that are well integrated into national development strategies and combined with institutional and organizational changes can help raise productivity, improve firm competitiveness, support faster growth and create jobs. 

To achieve this, policies need to address the specific features of innovation in developing countries.

Examples include the weight of traditional sectors in the economy, the importance of incremental and adaptative innovation, the need to identify, acquire and adapt foreign innovations, the particular role of foreign direct investment, the limited access of firms to skilled workers and to capital, weak technology-related infrastructure and inadequate intellectual property rights regimes.

UNCTAD's work in STI policy for development focuses on supporting the integration of STI in national development strategies and building-up STI policy-making capacity in developing countries.

Activities are implemented in collaboration with other UN entities, multilateral development institutions and national counterparts.

The programme of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews is its main instrument in this area, which is complemented with other capacity-building programmes.

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Goal 17
15 January 2016Harnessing Emerging Technological Breakthroughs for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Technology and Innovation Report 2015
23 December 2015Technology and Innovation Report 2015 launched in Nairobi
TIR 2015
16 December 2015Technology and Innovation Report 2015
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15 December 2015Expanded list of duty-free technology products to boost international trade and development, research reveals
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07 December 2015Capacity-building needed to harmonize e-commerce legislation in the ECOWAS region
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30 November 2015UNCTAD to support Government of Egypt in developing a national e-commerce strategy
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06 November 2015UNCTAD helps Thai government to improve the comparability of its e-commerce statistics
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17 September 2015Thailand needs to innovate to avoid 'middle income trap'
WSIS
26 May 2015UNCTAD assumes UNGIS Chair
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08 May 2015CSTD 18th Annual Session, 4-8 May
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