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Digital and technological news from the United Nations system.

Can digitalization improve the well-being of nations?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards a more digital world. “The changes we make now will have lasting effects as the world economy begins to recover,” stated Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General for the UN Conference on Trade and...

Digital Inclusion Navigator: A platform to help bridge digital divide for billions

The COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises have laid bare the need for digital inclusion, while also rolling back hard-won progress in the very same area. The World Economic Forum's EDISON Alliance has launched a new tool to share best practices in...

A UN treaty on cybercrime en route

A UN treaty on cybercrime is after years of discussion finally on its way. The UN General Assembly voted in December 2019 to begin negotiating a treaty – a treaty that focuses on cybercrime, but also has the potential...

WHO and NAM encourage digital platforms to apply global principles for identifying credible sources of health information

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) are encouraging social media companies and other digital platforms to apply global principles for identifying credible sources of health information in their channels. The principles, originally published in a 2021...

WHO and Viamo provide critical access to COVID-19 information to the next billion digital users via their mobile phones

WHO is working with Viamo, a global social enterprise improving lives via mobile, to provide WHO’s COVID-19 information, including vaccines, to the hardest to reach populations, in their languages, through the mobile phones they own. This includes people with simple...

UN-Habitat wallpaper for your computer or mobile phone

Start 2022 with an inspirational and colourful vision of our cities and communities. Half of the world’s population now live in cities, and this is projected to increase to two thirds by 2050. Cities can solve many challenges our world faces....

Providing better prospect for refugees and promoting peace through gaming

“The first time I got to see a computer was when I was waiting in line to be registered as a refugee. UNHCR staff were using computers to enter data and I was so fascinated by it. I asked...

UNODC’s new Listen First series

With the global pandemic stretching out longer than anyone had hoped for, its consequences continue to impact children and young people globally: aside from the direct health consequences from the disease itself, children and youth are affected from disconnection...

Online game showcases plight of our planet’s disappearing coral reefs (UNEP)

One of the world’s leading producers of online word games joined a global effort to help protect the planet’s coral reefs, which a new report finds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Sweden’s MAG Interactive has unveiled six ocean-themed games to educate people...

The Antidote COVID-19 teaches players how to stay safe

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to sweep through the world, Antidote Laboratories receives a strange package. You are assigned to study it and WHAM!, get thrown into the frontlines of medical science. Based on real events and...

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