The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations focal point for science, technology and innovation (STI) for development, in analyzing how STI, including information and communications technologies (ICTs), serve as enablers of the 2030 Agenda.

It acts as a forum for strategic planning, sharing lessons learned and best practices, providing foresight about critical trends in STI in key sectors of the economy, the environment and society, and drawing attention to emerging and disruptive technologies.

Every year, the commission has two priority themes, for the twenty-seventh session, these are:

  • Theme 1: Data for Development.
  • Theme 2: Global cooperation in science, technology and innovation for development.

The Commission will also review the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels; and hear presentations on ongoing science, technology and innovation policy reviews.

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


The session will be held with physical participation at the Palais des Nations through a simultaneous interpretation platform in the six official languages of the United Nations.

15 April 2024 — 19 April 2024
2:40 pm

Palais des Nations Geneva

Link to the conference