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Commission on Science and Technology for Development, tenth session
20 - 25 May 2007

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The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decided at its ninth session that the substantive theme for the inter-sessional period 2006-2008 would be "Promoting the building of a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive information society", with a view to enhancing digital opportunities for all people.

To contribute to a further understanding of the issues and to assist the CSTD in its deliberations at its tenth session, the UNCTAD secretariat convened a panel meeting in Paris, France, from 6 to 8 November 2006. The findings and recommendations that have emerged from this panel will be considered by the Commission at its tenth session.

The tenth session will focus on the follow-up to the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the regional and international level, to identify achievements, gaps and challenges, as well as future action needed to further implementation. The Commission will also develop a multi-year work programme on WSIS follow-up.

The tenths session is open to:

  • Members of the Commission
  • Representatives of non-member States of the Commission
  • Participants from Intergovernmental Organizations
  • NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC
  • NGOs, civil society and business entities that were accredited to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS )

The outcome of the deliberations will be submitted to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Mongi Hamdi, Chief
Science and Technology
Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development
UNCTAD

T.: 41-22-917-5069
E.: mongi.hamdi@unctad.org


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(E/CN.16/2007/INF.1) - 30/04/2007 - 8 Pages - 65 KB
(E/CN.16/2007/OD/1) - 20/05/2007 - 1 Pages - 20 KB
(E/CN.16/2007/OD/2) - 21/05/2007 - 4 Pages - 45 KB
(E/CN.16/2007/OD/3) - 22/05/2007 - 4 Pages - 30 KB
(E/CN.16/2007/4) - 11/07/2007 - 26 Pages - 142 KB
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Notification

The tenth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is to be held in Geneva from 21 to 25 May 2007.

The Commission will address the substantive theme "Promoting the building of a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive information society", with a view to enhancing digital opportunities for all people. The session will focus on the review of progress made in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the regional and international levels. It also aims to identify achievements, gaps and challenges, as well as future actions needed to further implementation. Participants will include Ministers and representatives of Governments, civil society, the business community and international organizations.

The session will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 21 May, in Room XIX at the Palais des Nations. The first day will consist of a high-level ministerial segment, with the participation of a number of Ministers, CEOs and possibly one or two Prime Ministers/Heads of State. The second day will be a joint meeting of the Commission and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), with high-level representation from the business community and civil society. The joint meeting will seek to promote the building of a multi-stakeholder partnership to bridge the "digital divide".

Travel expenses (not including per diem) 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.

Please inform the secretariat before 30 April 2007 of the composition of your delegation and the name of the focal point for the session, so that the necessary arrangements can be made to facilitate participation.

States members of the Commission should contact Mr. Mongi Hamdi in connection with the preparation for the tenth session (tel.: +41(0)22 917 5069; fax: +41(0)22 917 0122; e-mail: mongi.hamdi@unctad.org).

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
19 April 2007


States Members of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Angola Italy
Argentina Jamaica
Austria Jordan
Belarus Latvia
Belgium Lesotho
Brazil Malaysia
Burkina Faso Oman
Chile Pakistan
China Peru
Cuba Philippines
Democratic Republic of the Congo Russian Federation
Dominican Republic Sierra Leone
El Salvador Slovakia
Equatorial Guinea Sri Lanka
Eritrea Sudan
Finland Switzerland
France Tunisia
Gambia Turkey
Germany Uganda
India United Kingdom
Iran (Islamic Republic of) United States of America
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