The Twentieth Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development was held from 08 – 12 May 2017 ,Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 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 included Ministers and representatives of governments, civil society, the business community, academia and international and regional organizations. Most member States was represented by high-level delegations.
The first day consisted 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
- Review of progress made in the implementation of World Summit on the Information Society outcomes, held in the afternoon.
The Commission will address two priority themes, namely:
- 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
I am thankful for the opportunity to present my inputs to the esteemed members at the 20th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for development
My presentation recording at
Open data and open principles in science and education are key for ensuring food security by 2030. It is now for us to make use of it, for the benefit of all. Let us work together to eradicate extreme poverty and enable shared prosperity for all. Thank you.