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14th Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 23-27, 2011
  • Palais des Nations
The purpose of this roundtable is to bring together high-level policy makers in science and technology to engage in an interactive dialogue with participants of the 14th session of the CSTD on building science and technology innovation capacity as a key ingredient to economic and social development; and to share lessons, best practices and information on new technologies, financing mechanisms, national strategies and initiatives as well as and identifying gaps and constraints on building science and technology innovation capacity.
 
Background
 
At its first phase held in Geneva in 2003, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) adopted the Geneva Declaration of Principles to build a common vision and commitment to a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society and the Plan of Action to advance the achievement of the internationally-agreed development goals. The second phase of the Summit held in Tunis in 2005, endorsed the first phase outcomes and adopted the Tunis Commitment and the Agenda for the Information Society.

Under the Tunis Agenda, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was requested to oversee the United Nations system-wide follow-up of the WSIS outcomes. To this end, the Council decided in its resolution 2006/46 that the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) would assist ECOSOC as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up to the WSIS outcomes and advise ECOSOC thereon, including relevant suggestions. In line with resolution 2006/46, the Chair of the CSTD launched a multi-stakeholder consultation in November 2010, on the progress made towards the implementation of the outcomes of WSIS since 2005.

The purpose of this roundtable is to bring together high-level policy makers in ICTs to engage in an interactive dialogue with participants of the 14th session on the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the WSIS outcomes at the regional and international levels; to share best practices and lessons learnt; and to identify obstacles and constraints encountered and initiatives to overcome them.

For more information on the session, visit the website: http://www.unctad.org/templates/meeting.asp?intItemID=3402&lang=1&m=20296&info=not