The Forum will be organized by UNCTAD under the patronage of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD), in collaboration with the Trieste system of scientific institutions and the United Nations ICT Task Force. Participants in the Forum will include prominent scientists and Nobel laureates as well as high-level policy makers, including Heads of State and Ministers of Science and Technology.
The Forum will provide a unique opportunity to bring together prominent scientists and high-level policy makers to address the question of how science and technology can be enhanced and put to use to help countries narrow the digital divide. At the Forum, participants will to discuss and adopt a common "Vision Statement" on the role of science, technology and innovation in the knowledge society, to be presented at the World Summit on the Information Society, scheduled to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, in November 2005. The Vision Statement would be disseminated and promoted worldwide.