Riyadh — Saudi Arabia has won the presidency of the 25th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) affiliated to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, represented by the Director of International Affairs of the Communications Commission and Information Technology, Eng. Mansour Al-Qurachi.
The presidency was won during the March 28-April 1, 2022 session at the UN headquarters in Geneva.
Saudi Arabia’s victory reflects its effective role in international organizations and its accumulated expertise in dealing with international issues in this field, as well as its effective contributions to improving the digital infrastructure of developing countries through the use of its resources for the international community.
This is in addition to its entrepreneurial spirit in the communications and information technology sector at the regional level and its advanced ranking among the G20 countries in terms of market value.
During the session – which was attended by a large number of senior officials from governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and regional and international organizations – participants discussed several issues , primarily the Fourth Industrial Revolution, using science, technology and innovation for sustainable civil development in the post-pandemic world.
This is in addition to reviewing progress in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society and following up on these outcomes at regional and international levels.
The commission – which has 43 member states – was established in 1992 with the aim of advising the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on matters relating to science, technology and their impacts on developments and development policies in developing countries, preparing recommendations and guidelines in this regard within the United Nations system.
This is in addition to its responsibility to periodically monitor the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.
Saudi Arabia’s victory as chair of the commission for the first time since its establishment in 1992 would further enhance the regional and international leadership status of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is part of the efforts of the commission. — SPA