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The WSIS Photo Contest is an annual competition that invites participants to submit photographs that showcase how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are playing an enabling role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The contest is open to everyone, and participants can send photos of their projects, people, and organizations that are leveraging the power of ICTs to make a difference. The three winning entries in the WSIS photo contest will be awarded and presented at the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event.

23 – 29 April 2024, Ottawa, Canada

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (INC-4), is scheduled to take place from 23 to 29 April 2024 at the Shaw Center in Ottawa, Canada. The session will be preceded by regional consultations on 21 April 2024.

The advance copy of the Revised draft text of the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (UNEP/PP/INC.4/3), prepared by the INC Secretariat, is now available here. The final document will be made available in all six UN languages on the INC-4 website six weeks before the meeting.


The twenty-seventh session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development will be held in Geneva from 15 to 19 April 2024, in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations.

The Commission will address two priority themes: (a) Data for development; and (b) Global cooperation in science, technology and innovation for development. The Commission will also review the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels; and hear presentations on ongoing science, technology and innovation policy reviews. Participants will include representatives of Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.

The first day will begin with an opening ceremony, followed by a dialogue between eminent economists and scientists on the opportunities of and challenges in scientific breakthroughs for sustainable development. To contribute to the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum on sustainable development, the Commission will hold, on 15 April, a ministerial round table on “The role of science, technology and innovation in reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”.


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