CSTD 2020-2021 Inter-sessional Panel

18 - 22 January 2021

In light of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development will hold its 2020–2021 intersessional panel meeting in a virtual format from 18 to 22 January 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Central European Time).

The Panel will address the following two priority themes:

  • Theme 1: Using science, technology and innovation to close the gap on Sustainable Development Goal 3, on good health and well-being.

  • Theme 2: Harnessing blockchain for sustainable development: prospects and challenges.

In addition, the Panel will examine issues related to the follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Findings and recommendations of the Panel are expected to be considered at the 24th session of the CSTD to be held in May 2021.


Participants will include representatives of Governments, the private sector, international organizations and civil society. Non-governmental organizations should hold consultative status with the Economic and Social Council or accreditation with the World Summit on the Information Society.

Online registration is mandatory and should be completed as early as possible.


Preparations are under way to organize the meeting through a virtual platform. To facilitate registration approval, permanent missions are kindly requested to confirm the list of participating delegates as soon as possible by means of a note verbale or an email. Links for the virtual meeting will be sent to the corresponding email address in advance of the start of the meeting.

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Commission on Science and Technology for Development



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


Ms. Liping Zhang
Chief, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Section
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10

T.: +41 (0) 22 917 5701

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