Launch of the UNESCO Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments platform

11 December 2018

A digital tool to map national science, technology and innovation (STI) landscapes and analyse STI policies and their implementation was launched by UNESCO. The Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) on-line platform, developed with the financial support of the Swedish government, is a source of information on STI policies and policy instruments for more than 50 developing countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, but also a tool for monitoring, benchmarking, capacity-building and analysis. It will support evidence-based decision-making and inclusive policies towards sustainable development.

The Platform provides access to a diverse set of legal and policy instruments, quantitative data and qualitative information on different dimensions of STI policies. It focuses on developing countries and their specific characteristics and needs, while linking STI with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes information on policies, development plans, legal frameworks and describes thousands of operational policy instruments. The platform also offers graphic tools to analyse correlations between more than 300 STI indicators and data over 60 years, as well as links to UNESCO databases and a digital library in STI policy.

Member States are all invited to join their efforts with UNESCO to further develop GO-SPIN, to add information and to update the platform as a way to improve governance and capacity-building in STI.

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