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Digital and technological news from the United Nations system.

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...

Google teams up with UN for verified climate information

Millions of people around the world go to Google to get information about climate change and sustainability. Later this month, when users search for “climate change,” they will be able to find authoritative information from the United Nations. In...

European Union equips marginalized UNRWA students in Jordan with tablets for innovative learning

Education is a powerful tool and fundamental in helping every child achieve their full potential. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt education systems worldwide, digital learning has become a new reality and an essential service. The European Union has equipped...

UNESCO joins Minecraft’s latest ‘Global Build Challenge’

UNESCO is joining Minecraft on the ‘Global Build Challenge 2021: Making Peace with Nature’, as part of its programme to engage students worldwide to address the urgent environmental crisis through education for sustainable development. The Global Build Challenge 2021 will run...

WHO and Angry Birds Friends team up for World Mental Health Day

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on new realities for many of us, such as working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with family and friends. It all takes time to get used to....

James Stock on Making it Cheaper to be Green (IMF Podcasts)

Most economists would agree a carbon tax is a powerful tool in fighting climate change, but carbon pricing alone is not enough. As green technologies evolve and prices fall, the fight against climate change will need a more nuanced...

WHO, Facebook and Praekelt.Org provide critical mobile access to COVID-19 information for vulnerable communities

WHO is working with Facebook and Praekelt.Org to provide WHO’s COVID-19 information to the world’s most vulnerable people through Discover and Free Basics in a mobile-friendly format. Though over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular...

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