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Increased innovation key to Rwanda's continued success
27 Oct 2017
UNCTAD presented in Kigali its review of the country's progress in building a knowledge-based economy
UN highlights critical role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the SDGs
15 May 2017
The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development concluded its twentieth session on the evening of 12 May with countries reaffirming its role as the United Nations torch-bearer for science, technology and innovation for development.
UN makes a solid case for the benefits of multilateral collaboration, openness, and the transformative potential of technology
9 May 2017
"Scientific and technological progress is an essential means to eradicate poverty and create a better world for all. We should not see it as an existential threat," said Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi Secretary-General of UNCTAD about the opening of the twentieth session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), the premier platform of the UN system that tackles science and technology questions and their implications for development.
Contribution of Tourism to Economic Diversification and Poverty Reduction
3 May 2017
UNCTAD Expert Group Meeting underscores the need to effectively harness the potential of tourism for economic diversification and poverty reduction in poor and vulnerable developing countries.
Trade in information and communications technology goods fell in 2015 as industry juggles shifts in demand
22 Feb 2017
For the first time since 2009, the value of global imports of information and communications technology (ICT) goods declined in 2015 by 3.6 percent in current prices to just over $2 trillion.
Q&A with Dhesi Baha Raja, Epidemiologist and Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology
31 Jan 2017
The tide of misery brought on by epidemics in developing countries could be stemmed if health services were able to predict outbreaks. Dhesi Baha Raja, a co-founder of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology, thinks the power of machine learning can be used to increase outbreak prediction - and that multilateral forums like the Committee for Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD on January 23-27, can help spread the technology.
Q&A with Bingfang Wu, Head of Digital Agriculture Division, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
31 Jan 2017
In the face of climate change, many developing countries need better technology to help them predict crop yields to ensure secure sources of food. The Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth offers a solution with "wall-to-wall" measurements of agronomic and climatic conditions - all made available through its CropWatch web service. The scientist who runs it, Bingfang Wu, visited the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland on 23-25 January, to discuss what the service has to offer.
Q&A with Ticora Jones, Division Chief, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID Global Development Lab
26 Jan 2017
Policy makers can be a bridge between people who are passionate about ideas and a place where those ideas can be implemented, says Ticora Jones, whose work links up universities and local communities looking to technology to address development challenges. Ms. Jones was speaking at the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-25 January.
Q&A with Gillian Marcelle, Executive Director, UVI Research and Technology Park
25 Jan 2017
It is becoming clearer that tackling urgent development challenges like access to affordable homes and clean water requires mixing and matching traditional and non-traditional sources of innovation and investment. UVI Research and Technology Park Executive Director Gillian Marcelle, whose varied career spans academia, commerce and development agencies, visited the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD on 23-25 January, to spell out how she sees the way forward.
Q&A with Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School
24 Jan 2017
What does innovation have to do with reducing poverty? Participants at a meeting of the UN's Commission on Science and Technology for Development, convened by UNCTAD, on 23-25 January heard many answers, among them the concept of frugal or jugaad innovation. But what is that? One of its foremost proponents Jaideep Prabhu, co-author with Navi Radjou of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, explained.