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Commission on Science and Technology for Development, twenty-third session [virtual informal meeting]
10 - 12 June 2020
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Virtual Meeting due to COVID-19

Following consultations and advisories in view of the evolving situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bureau of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) has decided to proceed with a reduced meeting of the twenty-third session over a period of three days, from 10 to 12 June, in a virtual format.

All formal decisions, including the adoption of the resolutions, will be made under silence procedure.

Information on how to attend the virtual meeting will be sent to Members nearer to the dates of the annual session.

The CSTD secretariat appreciates your kind support and understanding.

The Commission will address two priority themes:

  1. Harnessing rapid technological change for inclusive and sustainable development.

  2. Exploring space technologies for sustainable development and the benefits of international research collaboration in this context.

The Commission will also review progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

The first day will consist of an opening ceremony, followed by a high-level session on Harnessing science, technology, and innovation to accelerate progress on the SDGs and address COVID-19 which will be discussing, among other things, international collaboration to use science, technology and innovation (STI) for tackling the pandemic and address its impact on global efforts towards the achievement of the SDGs.




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Mr. Angel Gonzalez-Sanz,
Head, Science, Technology and ICT Branch
Division on Technology and Logistics


Ms. Dong Wu
Chief, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Section
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 4171
Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0052

E-mail: stdev@unctad.org


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Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants here.

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