8 May 2017 to 12 May 2017
Geneva, Switzerland


The 20th session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held on 8 – 12 May 2017, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Commission will address two priority themes:

  • 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.

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 will include Ministers and representatives of governments, civil society, the business community, academia, and international and regional organisations.

The first day will consist 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', to be held in the morning.
  • Review of progress made in the implementation of World Summit on the Information Society outcomes, to be held in the afternoon.

For more information, visit the event webpage.

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM, DCAF, ETH-Zürich, and the University of Geneva

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