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The upcoming United Nations Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development will discuss urgent science policy questions facing developing countries in 2019. Themed “A Conversation with Great Minds”, the event will feature high-level roundtables and discussions by some of the world’s leading thinkers in science and technology.

SA to present at UN science and technology eventTaking place on 13 May, discussions at the event will include topics such as the impact of rapid technological change on sustainable development, progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the regional and international level, and the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in empowering people and in ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Forming part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the meeting will be attended by ministers and representatives of governments, civil society, the business community, academia, and international and regional organisations.

UNCTAD will present its national science, technology and innovation policy (STIP) reviews of Ethiopia, Panama, and Uganda during the meeting, and leading experts will share their insights on UNCTAD’s renewed STIP Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Countries such as Germany, Canada, Austria and South Africa will present papers at the event. South Africa’s contribution will look at the role of science, technology and innovation in building resilient communities, including through the contribution of citizen science. This discussion will be moderated by award-winning journalist Andrew Revkin of the National Geographic Society. South Africa will also present the paper on the impact of rapid technological change on sustainable development.

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