HLPF: The UN Technology Bank for LDCs

Monday 15 July 2019 at 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Conference Room 4, UNHQ.

The Permanent Missions of Turkey, Norway, Malawi, Qatar, in collaboration with the UN Technology Bank for LDCs and UNCTAD invites you to


The role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in ensuring inclusiveness is critical. Scientific knowledge or technological solutions can help overcome the prevailing social divide and meet the challenges of providing affordable food, water, energy, healthcare, sanitation, housing and meeting other basic needs of the 8 billion people of the world.

According to the ITU, 800 million people in the the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) remain offline and in 2020, less than 1 out of 4 people in the LDCs will be using the Internet. A significant number of people in LDCs do not have access to the benefits of connectivity. There is also evidence of the importance of ICT to improved social services delivery including provision of education, healthcare and government support services including access to the judicial system. The role of the ICTs in achieving inclusiveness is also a central theme of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

The scheduled side event will highlight the importance of STI in achieving inclusiveness among others and will also address how STI contributes to the successful implementation of the SDGs in the LDCs.  



  • Mr. Joshua Setipa, Managing Director, UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
  • H.E. Mr. Naci A─čbal. Head of Strategy and Budget Office, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
  • H.E. Mr Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development of Norway
  • H.E. Francis Kasaila, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Malawi
  • H.E. Mr. Yousef Sultan Laram, Director of the International Organizations Department, Qatar
  • Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General, UN-OHRLLS
  • Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UN Conference on Trade and Development New York Office

Conference Room 4