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Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development

The SPECA Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development (WG on ITSD) is a subsidiary body within the governing structure of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA). It was created by decision of the SPECA Governing Council taken at its 14th session (Ashgabat, 21 November 2019), following a proposal by the SPECA Working Group on Knowledge-based Development (WG on KBD) to update its name and terms of reference to better reflect the priorities of the SPECA countries under the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The SPECA WG on KBD was first established following the decision by the SPECA Governing Council taken at its second session (Berlin, 14 November 2007)  to broaden the mandate of the previous Project Working Group on ICT for Development (PWG on ICT) and to form it into the Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development.   

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Working Group Activities

Second Session of the SPECA Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development and Sub-regional SPECA workshop on Innovation for Sustainable Development
20-21 October 2021, Hybrid mode: online platform, (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
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Supporting Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development in SPECA: The second meeting of the Task Force on the Roadmap for the Development of the Innovation Ecosystem of Kyrgyzstan until 2025 
8 September 2021, virtual modality
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Supporting Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development in SPECA: The first meeting of the Task Force on the Roadmap for the Development of Innovation Support Infrastructure in the Kyrgyzstan until 2025 
9 June 2021, virtual modality
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Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) gap assessment of SPECA countries 
26 November 2020, virtual modality
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First Session of the SPECA Working Group on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development 
30 July 2020, virtual modality (Country chair - Kazakhstan)
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From ideas to applications: Sharing best practices on incubators, science parks and technology transfer
21-23 October 2019, Moscow, Russian Federation
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Eleventh Session of the SPECA Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and Regional Workshop on Innovation and Technology Applications for Sustainable Development
26-27 June 2019, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Tenth Session of the SPECA Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and Regional Workshop “Innovation Strategy, Technology Applications and Infrastructure for the SDGs”
4-5 July 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan
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Ninth Session of the SPECA Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and Regional Workshop “Making innovation work for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
22-23 June 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Eighth Session of the SPECA Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and Regional Workshop "Resilient ICT Connectivity for the Knowledge Economy, SDGs and the WSIS goals"
20-22 September 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Seventh Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and International Conference "Practical Steps Towards a Knowledge-based Economy"
16-17 June 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Sixth Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and "Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in SPECA countries"
11-12 June 2014, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Fifth Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development 
4 December 2013, Baku, Azerbaijan
Prior to the session, ESCAP organized an expert consultation on the Asia-Pacific information superhighway on 3-4 December 2013.
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Regional Meeting on the Promotion and Financing of Innovative Green Technologies
19-20 November 2013, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Expert Segment of the 2013 SPECA Economic Forum
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Joint National Seminar and Stakeholder Meeting on Promotion and Financing of Innovative Green Technologies
23-25 October 2013, Astana, Kazakhstan
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National Seminar and Stakeholder Meeting on Promotion and Financing of Innovative Green Technologies
15-17 May 2013, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Joint National Seminar and Stakeholder Meeting on Promotion and Financing of Innovative Green Technologies
7-9 November 2012, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Policy and Legal Issues for the Heads of Ministries and Agencies of Turkmenistan 
13-14 June 2012, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Fourth Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development 
25 November 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan
The Session will discuss the revised terms of reference of the Group,  review implementation of its programme of work for 2011 and adopt the draft programme of work of the PWG for 2012-2013.  
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International Conference on Knowledge-based Development and Innovative Entrepreneurship
24-25 November 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan
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Third Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and
Related Capacity-building Workshop

28-30 September 2010, Astana, Kazakhstan
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Seminar on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
11 November 2009, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Regional Capacity-Building Seminar in the Area of Financing of Innovative Enterprises, Commercialization of Intellectual Property and Public-Private Partnerships
10-11 November 2009, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Second Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development
9 November 2009, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Inauguration Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development
12 November 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan
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Regional Capacity-building Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Policy and
Legal Issues with Special Reference to eCommerce Development

13-14 November 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan
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National Capacity-building Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Policy and Legal Issues
1-2 July 2008, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Past Activities

Project Working Group on ICT for Development

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National Capacity-building Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Policy and Legal Issues
30-31 October 2007, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Workshop on Broadband and ICT Development for Improved Communications in Central Asia
21-22 June 2007 , Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Regional Seminar on Capacity-Building for ICT Policymaking in Central Asia
11-14 July 2006, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Inaugural Session
5-6 December 2005, Baku, Azerbaijan
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