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UN CSTD Inter-Sessional Panel in Manila

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Representatives of ISC Intelligence in Science are set to participate in a UN-organised Inter-Sessional Panel in Manila, December 13-15 2011. The session has been organised by the the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

The Panel will include presentations and discussions from a variety of speakers with different backgrounds. In addition to ISC, the debate will include representatives of Google Asia Pacific, the Bangkok Research Center of the Japan External Trade Organisation, 2000ideias.com (Brazil), the Centre for Development Studies from Trivandrum (India), and the National Economic and Development Authority Caraga from the Philippines. The findings and recommendations of this panel will be considered at the 15th session of the UN CSTD in May 2012.

The Inter-Sessional Panel will address two priority themes:

  • “Innovation, research, technology transfer for mutual advantage, entrepreneurship and collaborative development in the information society”, which is related to the Commission´s mandate to assist the Economic and SocialCouncil (ECOSOC )in the follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society;  
  • "Open access, virtual science libraries, geospatial analysis and other complementary ICT and science, technology, engineering and mathematics assets to address development issues, with particular attention to education”, related to the Commission´s mandate on science and technology.

The UN CSTD is a subsidiary body of ECOSOC. It was established in 1992 as a result of the restructuring and revitalization of the United Nations in economic, social and related fields. The Commission provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant issues. Through analysis and policy recommendations it enables those organs to guide the future work of the United Nations, develop common policies and agree on appropriate actions.

The Commission acts as an important forum for the examination of science and technology questions and their implications for development; the advancement of understanding on science and technology policies, particularly with respect to developing countries; and the formulation of recommendations and guidelines on science and technology matters within the United Nations system.

The UN CSTD has forty three Member States elected by ECOSOC for a term of four years.