Science, Technology & Innovation and ICTs
UNCTAD provides intellectual leadership and serves as a source of expertise on science, technology and innovation (STI) and information and communication technologies (ICTs) policies for development.
UNCTAD’s activities in this area seek to bring the development perspective to international discussions, supporting consensus-building and capacity-building for sound, evidence-based, development-oriented policy in relevant areas.

STI, including ICTs, are an essential component of policies to promote development. They can serve as instruments for supporting relevant components of the national development agenda, helping local industry compete, generating better paying jobs, reducing poverty, promoting export diversification and catching up.

However, the assimilation, diffusion and application of scientific and technological knowledge require investments in human and physical capital, together with the establishment and nurturing of a national innovation system and a systematic effort to access and use relevant knowledge. Policies at the national and international levels are needed to organize and sustain those processes.
Areas of work


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27 December 2017Egypt: new e-commerce strategy aims to double online businesses
Data Protection
21 December 2017"Culture clash" divides trade officials and Internet experts
12 December 2017At MC11, Nepal looks to e-commerce to hasten development in Himalayas
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27 October 2017Increased innovation key to Rwanda's continued success
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15 May 2017Science, technology and innovation a powerful engine for sustainable development in the Islamic Republic of Iran
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 Latest Publications

Information Economy Report 2015 (Overview) (UNCTAD/IER/2015 (Overview))
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United Nations Commission 

UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

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