Commission on Science and Technology for Development, eighth session
23 - 27 May 2005

Key Issues

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development will hold its eighth session on 23-27 May.

The Commission, at its seventh session in May 2004, chose as the substantive theme for its intersessional period 2004-2005 "Science and technology promotion, advice and application for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals". In undertaking this theme, the Commission held a panel meeting to study the following three subthemes:

  • the mutual interaction and dependence of science and technology education with R&D;
  • infrastructure building as a foundation for scientific and technological development; and
  • promoting gainful employment in general and enterprise development in particular through the use of existing and emerging technologies, especially information and communication technologies (ICT) and biotechnologies.

The findings and recommendations that have emerged from this panel will be considered by the Commission at its eighth session. The outcome of the deliberations will be submitted to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Commission will also review progress made on decisions taken at its seventh regular session in May 2004.

Resource persons for the eighth session will include Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst (Switzerland); Nobel Laureate Jerome Karle (US); Atta-ur-Rahman, Federal Minister and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan; Motsoahae Thabane, Minister of Communication, Science and Technology of Lesotho; Gordon Conway, Chief Scientific Advisor to the DFID; Professor Sanjaya Lall, Oxford University; Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and CEO of TAGO; Bruno Lanvin, Senior Advisor at the World Bank; and John Mugabe, science advisor to NEPAD.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Mongi Hamdi, Chief
Science and Technology
Policies and Capacity-Building Branch
Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development
Tel.: (00 41) 22 917 5069



The eighth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development is to be held from 23 to 27 May 2005 in Geneva. The Commission will address the substantive theme "Science and technology promotion, advice and application for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration" and put forward recommendations for consideration and adoption by the Economic and Social Council. The session will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 May, in Room XXVI at the Palais des Nations. The text of the related note verbale dispatched from New York by the Secretary-General of the United Nations is attached for information.

A list of the States members of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is also attached. Travel expenses are paid by UNCTAD for one representative of each member of the CSTD. International organizations and States members of UNCTAD that are not members of the Commission may attend the session as observers on the understanding that the cost of their attendance will be borne by their authorities.

As indicated in the note verbale, States members of the Commission should contact Mr. Mongi Hamdi in connection with travel entitlements (tel. +41(0)22 917 5069; fax: +41(0)22 917 0122, e-mail:


Carlos Fortin
Officer-in-Charge of UNCTAD

States Members of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Angola Italy
Austria Jamaica
Bangladesh Jordan
Belarus Lesotho
Belgium Morocco
Bolivia Oman
Brazil Pakistan
Chile Paraguay
China Peru
Democratic Republic of the Congo Romania
Ethiopia Russian Federation
Gambia Sierra Leone
Germany Slovakia
Greece Sudan
India Turkey
Iran (Islamic Republic of) United Kingdom


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