31 janvier 2017Q&A with Dhesi Baha Raja, Epidemiologist and Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology
The tide of misery brought on by epidemics in developing countries could be stemmed if health services were able to predict outbreaks. Dhesi Baha Raja, a co-founder of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology, thinks the power of machine learning can be used to increase outbreak prediction - and that multilateral forums like the Committee for Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD on January 23-27, can help spread the technology.
31 janvier 2017Q&A with Bingfang Wu, Head of Digital Agriculture Division, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
In the face of climate change, many developing countries need better technology to help them predict crop yields to ensure secure sources of food. The Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth offers a solution with "wall-to-wall" measurements of agronomic and climatic conditions - all made available through its CropWatch web service. The scientist who runs it, Bingfang Wu, visited the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland on 23-25 January, to discuss what the service has to offer.
30 janvier 2017Q&A with Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca, Chair of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development
Who governs the Internet? To answer this contentious yet monumental question, member States of the United Nations have set in motion the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation, whose deliberations are organized by UNCTAD. This anonymous-sounding body is listening to important voices from governments, international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, all of whom have stake in the future of the information age. Its chair, Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca, Director, Department of Scientific and Technological Themes, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, spoke about the Working Group's most recent meeting which wrapped on 27 January in Geneva.
26 janvier 2017Q&A with Ticora Jones, Division Chief, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID Global Development Lab
Policy makers can be a bridge between people who are passionate about ideas and a place where those ideas can be implemented, says Ticora Jones, whose work links up universities and local communities looking to technology to address development challenges. Ms. Jones was speaking at the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-25 January.
25 janvier 2017Q&A with Gillian Marcelle, Executive Director, UVI Research and Technology Park
It is becoming clearer that tackling urgent development challenges like access to affordable homes and clean water requires mixing and matching traditional and non-traditional sources of innovation and investment. UVI Research and Technology Park Executive Director Gillian Marcelle, whose varied career spans academia, commerce and development agencies, visited the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD on 23-25 January, to spell out how she sees the way forward.