Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
The Commission on Science and Technology for Development is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Established in 1992, the CSTD has provided the GA and ECOSOC with sophisticated insight on relevant issues through policy recommendations. As the UN’s forum for discussion of science and technology, the Commission seeks to develop goals and policy to facilitate progress throughout the world, particularly in developing nations. In the past, the CSTD has focused on emerging technologies, establishing infrastructure to support development, and promoting employment in newly forming sectors of the economy.
Topic A: Encouraging technological and Internet entrepreneurship in developing nations
Topic B: Ensuring water security through sanitation and infrastructure
My name is Ravina Sashti and I will be your chair for the Commission on Science and Technology for Development. I am originally from Newark, Delaware and I’m currently a freshman at Hopkins, studying Computer Science with possible minors in Applied Math and Computational Medicine. Outside of my major, I enjoy learning about and discussing international relations and politics, and I am excited to hear your unique perspectives and ideas! Although this is both my first year at Hopkins and being involved with JHUMUNC, I have been involved with Model UN since my freshman year of high school.
In the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, we will be discussing how technological developments politically and economically affect society. Our first topic considers water security- an issue that affects all people and nations. With rapidly expanding cities and populations, plans to guarantee access to clean and safe water are a must. Further, our second topic deals with technological and Internet entrepreneurship in developing nations. As more and more countries modernize and obtain new technology, the Internet brings opportunities for economic expansion and innovation throughout the world.
I hope that all of you are excited to discuss these issues and bring your interests and unique perspectives to the committee. Until then, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have about the committee!
Chair of Commission on Science and Technology for Development