Report of the United Nations' Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) on "Strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda"
Year 2015 constitutes an important milestone in the process of global information society development. The first comprehensive summary is currently taking place of the activities and initiatives undertaken in this scope so far, in the decade that has passed since the launch of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Two phases of WSIS took place in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005).
This process has been held under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), whose particular bodies and agencies are currently preparing their own summaries of the Millennium Development Goals' (MDGs) implementation. One of this bodies is the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), which is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Poland has been a member of CSTD since 1 January 2015. Next meeting of the Commission will be held in Geneva on 4-8 May 2015. One of the two priority themes of the forthcoming debate on the CSTD forum, along the digital development, will be the issue of the so-called strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda.
To this end, a report on the "Strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda" has been prepared, as a contribution to the debate on the post-2015 development activities.
The aim of the report is to show the importance of strategic foresight for science, technology, innovation and engineering, including information and communications technology, in the process of establishing post-2015 development agenda. It indicates the high extent to which the development of telecommunications and information tools supports each of the fields discussed within the report. The document attempts to identify critical trends in the scope of science, technology and innovation in the fields such as:
- safety of food;
- water management and natural resources;
- energy demand;
- climate change;
- high-tech production, together with educational and professional needs it creates.
It also draws attention to the breakthrough technologies that evolve and can potentially influence implementation of the post-2015 agenda.
The report consists of four chapters:
- Chapter I is an introduction to the strategic foresight in the field of science, technology and innovation for development, and its application. It describes the strategic foresight methodology and methods of data gathering;
- Chapter II presents the most important trends in the field of science, technology and innovation that can be significant for the post-2015 development, together with a critical assessment of their potential social, economic and development effects;
- Chapter III presents policy lessons learned from horizon-scanning exercise and foresight research conducted in the field of science, technology and innovation;
- Chapter IV contains findings and suggestions for CSTD and UN Member States.
Taking into account the content of this document and the up-to-date character of the discussed topics, we present you the whole report in English, as well as the Polish translation. We invite you to read the report and we encourage you to follow the UN debate on further development of information society after 2015. Poland, including UKE, actively participates in the ongoing debate and in drawing up the development solutions for the society.