The division seeks to strengthen inclusive growth and development through science, technology and innovation, including information and communications technology for development; efficient, resilient and sustainable trade logistics services; and training and capacity-building programmes.
It hosts the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and implements ASYCUDA, UNCTAD’s largest technical cooperation programme.
Alignment with the SDGs
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director
Shamika N. Sirimanne is the director of UNCTAD’s division on technology and logistics.
She also serves as the head of the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
Ms. Sirimanne has extensive experience in development policy, research and technical cooperation gained from international organizations, national governments, think tanks and universities.
Previously, she served as a director at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and led the economic policy team at the UN Economic Commission for Africa. She also worked for the Canadian Department of Finance and the World Bank.
She holds a PhD degree in economics.