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


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14 January 2020Partnering to nurture scientific talent in developing countries
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22 November 2019How to launch Ethiopia's tech and innovation lift-off
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17 May 2019New policy review framework balances development objectives
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17 May 2019The good, the bad and the ugly of rapid technological change
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17 May 2019Science and technology bring hope in times of crisis
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UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

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