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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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21 June 2012Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review issued on Dominican Republic
ICTs the foundation of our sustainable future
19 June 2012UNCTAD helps to highlight ICTs as key drivers for sustainable future at Rio+20
Petko Draganov
23 May 2012Kazakhstan and UNCTAD: unlocking the power of ICT and innovation for development
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23 May 2012CSTD discusses UN Secretary-General’s reports on priority themes
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14 May 2012UNCTAD takes chair of UN group on information society
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