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.
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United Nations
29 May 2014Science, technology and innovation central to economic development in the future, speakers tell UN Commission
06 May 2014Inclusive innovation critical for sharing benefits of growth and countering rising inequality, UNCTAD meeting told
13 April 2014UNCTAD releases model ICT policy review framework
26 March 2014UNCTAD to Support Thailand in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-making
11 February 2014Global imports of information technology goods approach $2 trillion, UNCTAD figures show
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UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

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