In May 2018, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has published “The Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development”.
The report notes that change is becoming exponential thanks to the power of digital platforms and innovative combinations of different technologies that become possible every day, which opens exciting possibilities for the democratization of frontier technologies to materialize in development solutions.
“We live at a time of technological change that is unprecedented in its pace, scope and depth of impact. Harnessing that progress is the surest path for the international community to deliver on the 2030 agenda for people, peace and prosperity.” – Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
UNCTAD’s intention is that the “Technology and Innovation Report 2018 will help launch a dialogue about how to harness technology for the achievement of the SDGs and in larger and more profound sense, the shared future of the people of the world”.
The Report proposes strategies and actions, some of them based on existing experiences in STI policy for development, and some more innovative ones to make technology an effective means of implementation of our common development agenda – nationally and globally.