Commission on Science and Technology for Development, Twentieth Session

8 May 2017 to 12 May 2017
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Geneva, Switzerland

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At its twentieth session, held on 8-12 May, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development addressed two pri

ority themes: new innovation approaches to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the role of science, technology, and innovation in ensuring food security by 2030. There was also a review and assessment of the progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at regional and international level. In addition, the meeting featured presentations and updates on national science, technology, and innovation policy reviews undertaken by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with a view to assisting developing countries in identifying the measures needed to integrate science, technology, and innovation policies into their national strategies. The five-day meeting resulted in the adoption, by the Commission, of two draft resolutions to be presented to the Economic and Social Council. The draft resolution on Science, technology and innovation for development includes, among others, several recommendations for governments to support science, technology, and innovation efforts that foster the global expansion of information and communications technology infrastructure, products, and services, including broadband Internet access to all people. The draft resolution on the Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the WSIS underlines, among others, the need to close the still existing digital divide, the importance of aligning of WSIS processes with the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the value of multistakeholder cooperation and engagement in Internet governance processes, and the importance of the IGF.

The 20th session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held on 8 – 12 May 2017, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Commission will address two priority themes:

  • new innovation approaches to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • the role of science, technology, and innovation in ensuring food security by 2030.

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

In addition, the Commission will hear presentations on national science, technology, and innovation policy reviews.

Participants will include Ministers and representatives of governments, civil society, the business community, academia, and international and regional organisations.

The first day will consist of an opening ceremony and two ministerial roundtables:

  • Contribution of the Commission to the 2017 theme of the Economic and Social Council, 'Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges', to be held in the morning.
  • Review of progress made in the implementation of World Summit on the Information Society outcomes, to be held in the afternoon.

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