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Press release: International Conference to explore STI contribution to sustainable development

The 18th Global Development Conference, titled 'Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Development,' will be held in New Delhi, India, on 22-23 March, 2018. The Conference will be a forum where global actors from governments, research, private sector and civil society can share knowledge and practices on innovative initiatives to address the development challenges of today and tomorrow. Discussions will enable progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic focus of the Conference is threefold: Global Health ChallengesSustainable Agriculture, and Skills, Employment & Industrial Transformation.

The global community's approach towards the pursuit of development has shifted from mere economic development to sustainable development – i.e., development that is climate resilient, promotes health for all, uses clean energy, provides decent jobs and uses technological solutions for environment friendly industrialization through partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society. The new approach calls for new pathways of development with focused attention on knowledge systems that can enable the production, diffusion and adoption of innovation and technology.

STI impact our lives in many different ways. From the fast changes taking place in the digital sphere of the economy to the anticipated shifts on the labor markets through vastly altered demand for skills: the impact of STI can also be seen on global, national and regional policies, the business environment and the understanding of knowledge systems. Innovation has clear implications for development in sectors such as health, agriculture, and industry, and it has become the key driver of growth in the knowledge economy.

The Conference will take stock of this debate, and discuss the ways forward to enable the use of STI to encourage progress. It is being held in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Why attend?

For the content | GDN and its partners are inviting developing country researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civil society actors to present at the Conference. Attendees will be privy to first-hand presentations and  sessions that feature examples of research, programs and policies that either develop innovation as a thematic axis or concretely use technological progress to improve life conditions and well-being in developing countries.  

For the networks | The Conference is a prized networking event for researchers and development actors.  

You can register here.

Follow the discussions live on 22-23 March via GDN's website.

You can also engage on Twitter via @GDNint@campbellreviews and @UNIDO using #STI4D.

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For more information, please contact: 

Adnan Seric

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development


Madhuri Dass Woudenberg

Head of Communications

Global Development Network (GDN)

T: +91 9350209494


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