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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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 News

 
Information Economy Report  2012
28 November 2012UNCTAD sees expanding opportunity for developing countries to engage in local software development
Technology and Innovation Report 2012
31 October 2012UNCTAD report calls for harnessing the potential of south-south technological collaboration
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23 October 2012WIPO and UNCTAD hold first cooperation meeting
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27 September 2012Sweden contributes SEK 11 million to UNCTAD’s work on ICT data and leveraging ICTs for women's entrepreneurship
World Information Technology and Services Alliance
22 August 2012Lack of venture capital, skilled human resources, top barriers to software industry growth, new UNCTAD-WITSA survey shows
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