The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Commission provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues. UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission.
The Commission is also mandated to assist the Economic and Social Council in the system-wide follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society.
The Commission met for the first time in April 1993 in New York, USA. Since July 1993, the UNCTAD Secretariat has been responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission. The Commission has subsequently met in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Commission acts as a forum for:
-the examination of science and technology questions and their implications for development;
-the advancement of understanding on science and technology policies, particularly in respect of developing countries and;
-the formulation of recommendations and guidelines on science and technology matters within the United Nations system.
Source: Commission on Science and Technology for Development
For further information, please visit the official Commission on Science and Technology for Development website.