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


25 January 2017Q&A with Gillian Marcelle, Executive Director, UVI Research and Technology Park
24 January 2017Q&A with Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School
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06 December 2016Opening up, Iran has opportunity to commercialize its science and technology skills
22 July 2016ASYCER e-certification system launched at UNCTAD 14
Goal 17
15 January 2016Harnessing Emerging Technological Breakthroughs for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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 Latest Publications

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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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