Science, Technology & Innovation and ICTs
UNCTAD provides intellectual leadership and serves as a source of expertise on science, technology and innovation  and information and E-commerce and the Digital Economy policies for development.
UNCTAD’s activities in this area seek to bring the development perspective to international discussions, supporting consensus-building and capacity-building for sound, evidence-based, development-oriented policy in relevant areas.

Science, technology and innovation, including e-commerce and the Digital Economy, are an essential component of policies to promote development. They can serve as instruments for supporting relevant components of the national development agenda, helping local industry compete, generating better paying jobs, reducing poverty, promoting export diversification and catching up.

However, the assimilation, diffusion and application of scientific and technological knowledge require investments in human and physical capital, together with the establishment and nurturing of a national innovation system and a systematic effort to access and use relevant knowledge. Policies at the national and international levels are needed to organize and sustain those processes.
Areas of work


22 June 2020COVID-19 helps us understand the value of staying connected
18 June 2020Here’s how we are accelerating digital development for all
15 June 2020Decade of digitalization needed to drive development for all
20 May 2020How science, technology and innovation can help build resilience to multiple shocks
06 May 2020Why the global science community must come and stay together beyond the coronavirus pandemic
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United Nations Commission 

UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

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