United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

Commission des Nations Unies de la science et de la technique au service du développement

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30 Apr 1992, by resolution 1992/218 of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and further by resolution A/RES/46/235 of the General Assembly of United Nations (UN), 20 July 1992, as a functional commission of ECOSOC, combining the activities of the previous United Nations Intergovernmental Committee on Science and Technology for Development (IGCSTD) and Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development (ACSTD). First session, Apr 1993, New York NY (USA). Functions revised by ECOSOC, 1998. Also referred to as Commission on Science and Technology for Development -- Commission de la science et de la technique au service du développement. Since July 1993, serviced by Secretariat of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva (Switzerland).

In resolution E/2006/46, adopted July 2006, ECOSOC decided that the Commission shall effectively assist the Council as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up to the outcomes of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and agreed to increase the membership of the Commission from 33 to 43 members.


Provide UN General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant issues through analysis and appropriate policy recommendations or options, so as to enable them to guide the future work of the UN, develop common policies and agree on appropriate action. Current mandate: (a) Review and assess progress at international and regional levels in implementation of Action Lines, recommendations and commitments contained in the outcome documents of the WSIS; (b) Share best and effective practices and lessons learned, and identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives to overcome them and important measures for further implementation of the Summit outcomes; (c) Promote dialogue and foster partnerships, in coordination with other appropriate UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies, to contribute to attainment of Summit objectives and implementation of its outcomes and to use information and communication technologies for development and achievement of internationally agreed development goals, with participation of governments, private sector, civil society, the UN and other international organizations in accordance with their different roles and responsibilities.

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Bureau sets up ad hoc panels or working groups for broadening analytical work on substantive themes chosen for each inter-sessional period. Major topics: technology for small-scale economic activities to address the basic needs of low-income countries; gender implications of science and technology for developing countries; science and technology and the environment; the contribution of technologies, including new and emerging ones, to industrialization in developing countries; information technologies and their role in the field of science and technology, in particular to the needs of developing countries; strengthening national capacities in the field of biotechnology; promoting the application of science and technology to meet the Millennium Development Goals; bridging the technology gap between and within nations; promoting the building of a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive information society, so as to enhance digital opportunities for all people; development-oriented policies for a socio-economically inclusive information society, including policies relating to access, infrastructure and an enabling environment; science, technology and engineering for innovation and capacity-building in education and research.


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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 41 countries
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Subjects *

  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Science
    • Science
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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