Science, technology and innovation (CTI) are central elements for the development of knowledge societies sustainable and constitute one of the most important engines for economic and social growth of a country. The policies of CTI, regional, national, and sub-national they routed and promote investment and human resource training, creating and strengthening the necessary capacities so that the CTI is at the service of sustainable development.

In 2010, UNESCO published the document “National systems of science, technology and innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean”, an evolutionary study of policies of CTI in Latin America and the Caribbean, offering analysis of the last six decades, together with an inventory of national science, technology and innovation systems of the countries of the region : Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In addition, these data can be consulted, dynamically and online, through SPIN, information science in Latin America and the Caribbean policy platform, a project promoted by the Regional Office of science for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO in Montevideo (Uruguay).

SPIN is a platform containing updated instruments of CTI policy, systems, organizational structures and national programmes of CTI, legislative frameworks in science, technology and innovation, indicators, among other information for every country in the region. Its objective is to generate information that is extremely useful for decision making and orientation of public policy in science, technology and innovation. Learn how to use SPIN through the following video:

initiatives like this soman value to the work of UNESCO, complemented with other projects and networks of information such as: RedPOP, RELAB, RedFAC, RedLACQ, RedPOST CARISCIENCE, among others.

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