1210, 2017

Humanoid robot joins UN meeting on artificial intelligence, sustainable development

October 12th, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

Artificial intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress on global development goals, but also poses a range of complex challenges.

809, 2017

On International Day, UN promotes online literacy in digital world

September 8th, 2017|Education, Infrastructure, News|

New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalize those who are illiterate and lack other essential skills needed to navigate them, a senior United Nations official today said, highlighting that some 750 million adults worldwide are not literate.

“Traditionally, literacy has been considered a set of reading, writing and counting […]

208, 2017

Conflict-affected rural families in Iraq to benefit from mobile cash-transfer technology – UN

August 2nd, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

Many vulnerable rural families in Iraq will now be able to safely receive income thanks to a newly adopted mobile money transfer technology that is part of a cash-for-work programme to rehabilitate farming infrastructure, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

3107, 2017

Mobile broadband subscriptions on track to hit 4.3 billion in 2017 – UN report

July 31st, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency.

1307, 2017

Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

July 13th, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

Underscoring the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in today's world, the heads of over 20 United Nations agencies and offices have called for leveraging those technologies to “fast forward” implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

607, 2017

Half of all countries aware but lacking national plan on cybersecurity, UN agency reports

July 6th, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency today reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime.

107, 2017

Women scientists and youth take centre stage at UN-backed technology forum

July 1st, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Infrastructure, News|

As an international conference on science and technology wrapped up in Vienna, the head of a United Nations partner organization that works to end nuclear testing stressed that women have a "powerful voice" in the global scientific community.

1705, 2017

Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world’s development challenges

May 17th, 2017|Economic growth, Infrastructure, News|

From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations today to discuss how to emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

504, 2017

Bridging global infrastructure gap tops agenda at annual UN Partnership Forum

April 5th, 2017|Infrastructure, News, Partnerships|

Addressing the Partnership Forum convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), senior UN officials today discussed how to promote infrastructure growth in the least developed countries, particularly in Africa, to reach the world's development goals by 2030.

2703, 2017

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

March 27th, 2017|Infrastructure, News|

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found.