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


01 May 2015Urbanization - a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries
IER 2015
24 March 2015Information Economy Report 2015: Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries
17 March 2015UNCTAD E-Commerce Week
13 February 2015Communication equipment was the main growth driver of trade in information technology goods in 2013
14 January 2015Leveraging technology transfer for industrial development explored in new UNCTAD study
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