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Commission on Science and Technology for Development, twenty-third session [PROVISIONAL NEW DATES - TBC]
08 - 12 June 2020
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Postponement of the twenty-third session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Following consultations between the Bureau of the Commission and the Economic and Social Council, a decision has been made to postpone the twenty-third session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, originally scheduled to be held in Geneva from 23 to 27 March 2020. The provisional new dates for the meeting will be 8 to 12 June 2020, given the availability of conference-servicing facilities for that week at the Palais des Nations.

The UNCTAD secretariat will do its utmost to deliver an annual session with the highest possible level of engagement to tackle the substantive elements of the priority themes, within the guidelines issued by the host country on the evolving situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which continues to change on a frequent basis.

As such, planning meetings scheduled to be held in the next few months will require flexibility in line with such changes. For this reason, the Bureau of the Economic and Social Council and the UNCTAD secretariat will continue to assess the situation and the need to adapt any decision on upcoming meetings.

We thank Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations for their understanding and flexibility, in view of the challenges that we are all facing.


The twenty-third session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development will be held in Geneva from 23 to 27 March 2020.

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 and listen to presentations on science, technology and innovation policy reviews of Ethiopia, Panama and Uganda.

Participants will include representatives of Governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations.

The session will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 March 2020, in room XX of the Palais des Nations.

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The first day will consist of an opening ceremony, which will include a dialogue between eminent scientists on the opportunities and challenges of scientific breakthroughs for sustainable development, and two high-level events: “Harnessing frontier and space technologies for accelerating progress towards the SDGs,” to be held in the morning, and “Exploring space technologies for sustainable development and the benefits of international research collaboration in this context,” to be held in the afternoon.

The meeting will be served in a paper smart manner.

Agenda

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Language(s):English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;
Contact:

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

and

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

E-mail: stdev@unctad.org

 

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The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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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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