The ESCWA Consultative Committee on Scientific and Technological Development and Technological Innovation (ESTIC) was established in 2001, pursuant to the Resolution 225 adopted by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) during its twenty-first ministerial session (10-11 May 2001), and then ratified by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

The Committee should be formed of distinguished experts in science, technology and innovation (STI), and should meet at least once every two years with the following main duties: (a) advising on member country endeavours to acquire modern technology including the need for support, with particular reference to information and communications technology (ICT), biotechnology and new materials technology, (b) proposing ways to promote regional cooperation for the transfer, adaptation and mastery of technology, (c) advising on priorities related to ESCWA work programmes in the fields of developing scientific and technological capabilities and technological innovation; and (d) following-up on international and regional resolutions relating to STI and their implementation in member countries.

The ICT Division of ESCWA was mandated to provide substantive servicing to the Committee, according to the Secretary-General Bulletin dated 27 December 2002 (ST/SGB/2002/16) that established the organizational structure of ESCWA.

Since its establishment, six meetings of the Committee were held, in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The 2002 meeting focused on the uses of new technologies, including ICT, for poverty reduction and employment creation. The 2004 meeting addressed building the information society in the Arab region. The 2006 and 2008 meetings addressed the subject of the establishment of the ESCWA Technology Centre (ETC) for Development, and reviewed the ICT Division work progress and programme. The 2010 meeting reviewed the progress of work and future strategies for maximizing the benefits of ICTs in the development processes, and featured a special session on technologies and climate change. The 2012 meeting reviewed work progress and the establishment of the ETC, and addressed selected thematic topics and advisory services to ESCWA member countries. Both 2010 and 2012 meetings featured the launching of the biennial publication "Regional Profile of Information Society in Western Asia".


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