United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It holds an annual intergovernmental forum for discussion on timely and pertinent issues affecting science, technology and development. Its members are composed of national Governments, however civil society contributes to discussions which take place. Strong links exist with other UN bodies.
Outcomes of the CSTD include providing the United Nations General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues. UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission.

Conference Topics

• The Impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
• The role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in building resilient communities, including through the contribution of citizen science