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This programme aims to encourage better management of water for food production by increasing the resilience of social and ecological systems.
It does this by focusing on the interconnections between water, food and poverty in developing countries. The programme helps develop water-related innovations by bringing together scientists, development specialists, policymakers and communities.
The website publishes information on its research programmes and projects as well as blogs and related news, job vacancies and events.
The ICTSD is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organisation aimed at improving dialogue and understanding about trade and sustainable development. It works with a broad network of organisations, publishing information on and hosting events to discuss intellectual property rights, agriculture and environmental issues.
The ICTSD publishes a monthly review, Bridges, that contains information and analysis of international developments in the global trade debate.
The INTA mailing list exists for the discussion of worldwide trademark and intellectual property law and business issues, trademark practice automation, and meetings, committees, and services of the International Trademark Association. This moderated list is free and open to all.
UPOV is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member states, with headquarters in Geneva. Established in 1961, UPOV aims to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a UN agency that aims to help people overcome poverty by increasing their access to technology, financial services, markets, land and natural resources.
Its website presents an overview of its activities, news, events and downloadable reports. IFAD also publishes video content on its work.
UNCTAD works on issues related to trade and development. Central to this is the role of technology and innovation, which is an important part of UNCTAD’s activities. UNCTAD functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, undertakes policy research, policy analysis and data collection and provides technical assistance to developing countries.
ESCAP works with governments in the region on policy research, information dissemination, and advisory and capacity building services. Its focus is economic and social issues, including technological development issues.
ESCWA is the United Nations' main economic and social development forum for the region. The commission formulates and promotes development assistance activities, and also runs the Research and Development Portal (ERDP) to make information available to, and promote research and development cooperation and activities in, its member states.
ECA assists African governments in developing policies for economic and social development, including enhancing the role of science and technology in African economies. It carries out policy research, disseminates information, promotes co-operation and provides policy advice to different stakeholders in countries of the region. The ECA also runs the ECA Science and Technology Network (ESTNET), a collaborative policy research network promoting the dissemination and exchange of information concerning science and technology management and policy issues in Africa.
ECLAC carries out studies and policy research, disseminates information, and provides advisory and capacity-building services related to the economic and social development of the region. The role of technology, knowledge and innovation in economic and social development is a key theme is ECLAC's work — particularly in that of its Division of Production, Productivity and Management.
UNESCO carries out a range of activities in science and technology policy and education. The Division of Science Analysis and Policies is a key provider here, conducting research on and analysis of global and sectoral science policies, providing policy advice and guidance on restructuring national scientific systems, and assisting in the elaboration of strategies and programmes for science and technology development.
UNIDO supports sustainable industrial development — including technological development — in developing countries and economies in transition. In developing countries, UNIDO's key activities in promoting technology are providing assistance in capacity-building in emerging technologies, undertaking technology foresight — an instrument for strategic decision-making and policies formulation — for setting research priorities and identify challenges and opportunities for technological development, and creating and strengthening technological institutions, as well as supporting links between them.
The World Bank is one of the United Nations' specialist agencies providing loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge-sharing services to low-and middle-income countries to reduce poverty. The bank undertakes and funds policy research and analysis on issues related to science, technology and innovation and its relationship to social and economic development.
The World Bank Institute is the capacity-building arm of the World Bank, and its mission is to support countries in applying knowledge to meet development challenges. Among the Institute initiatives is the Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme which undertakes policy research and analysis, and provides learning programmes and policy services to developing countries on issues related to application, development and diffusion of knowledge and its relationship to development.