units: Development Research Branch (DRB)
Development Research Branch (DRB)
26 September 2019
The severity of plastic pollution is now well-recognized, and countries and communities are looking for innovative solutions for addressing this menace of the modern age.
22 August 2019
On 21 August 2019, CDP member Professor Ha-Joon Chang delivered the XVI Raúl Prebisch Lecture at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile. In his speech he proposed creating a new international economic ord ...
17 July 2019
Speakers emphasized that the SDGs demand an integrated approach at all levels as no domestic policy can be detached from the regional and global environment in which it operates, and stressed that LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDs remain the most vulnerable to these interlinkages and global challenges, such as climate change.
15 May 2019
Genetic technologies—the ability to manipulate and transform the properties of cells, seeds, microbes, insects, plants, animals and even humans—are pushing the frontiers of science and offers us new hope for disease control and cure. Genetic technologies are changing the way we produce food, improving crop yield and preventing catastrophic losses from droughts, floods and pests.
1 May 2019
The Development Research Branch, in partnership with Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, hosted a unique Development Policy Seminar featuring the inaugural Ivy three-minute thesis competition in New York. Dubbed as IVY3MT2019, the event provided a platform to 14 PhD candidates from Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University to present their PhD dissertation ideas and key messages in 3 minutes, using only one slide.
31 January 2019
Data is shaping the future of humanity. The production, distribution and consumption of digital data-the data economy-are driving rapid advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation. Individuals and businesses are using data to reduce search and transaction costs and make informed choices.
8 November 2018
Mariangela Parra-Lancourt presented the World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development. The Seminar included presentations from experts from the Universities of Alicante, Maastricht, Georgia State, Indiana and Sussex, the IEEM, the Institute of Technology and Society in Brazil and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office on the disruptive nature of the 4th industrial revolution for intellectual property, data as the new currency of the 4th industrial revolution, (dis)trust and the data society, copyright, patents, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
2 November 2018
Mr. Harris discussed frontier technologies in general, how these technologies are deeply interconnected and interdependent, as advances in one are likely to impact many others. He also discussed the challenges in harnessing the benefits of these technologies for all, while giving everyone the opportunity not only to cope with its side-effects, but to thrive. The online panel also discussed the imperative of bridging the technological divide through active national innovation systems.
1 November 2018
The Development Research Branch (DRB) organized a High-level Briefing on Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development on 1 November 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York, moderated by Mr. Elliott Harris, United Nations Chief Economist and Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development.