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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...

Green Game Jam 2021 to Empower Millions of Gamers to Act for Nature

Household name entertainment companies and start-up game developers assembled for this year’s Green Game Jam to showcase new “green activations”* in 33 new and live games, aiming to highlight to hundreds of millions of players worldwide the critical role of forests...

Tech Trailblazers: Eight adolescent girls and young women recoding gender equality

New technologies and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are radically transforming learning platforms and jobs. Digital literacy is essential to thrive in this twenty-first-century reality. But 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 do not have internet access...

ITU releases fourth edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index

​​​​The latest Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) shows a growing commitment around the world to tackle and reduce cybersecurity threats. Countries are working to improve their cyber safety despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the...

New ITU tools to foster digital development

Data is critical to our goal of connecting the world. It tells us where we were, where we are, what works and what doesn’t. It is a key ingredient of empirical research for establishing correlation, determining causality, identifying good...

MY World 360: call for immersive media creators to #TurnItAround

Organizations and leaders have started to join the collective call to #TurnItAround for a just, green and equitable recovery from the pandemic, and towards realizing the Goals. Specific calls have been made to #TurnItAround for key issues such as...

New social listening radio tool to aid in COVID-19 infodemic response

The World Health Organization and UN Global Pulse, the Secretary-General’s digital innovation initiative, are embarking on a new venture to analyse content shared on public radio across the African continent to support infodemic monitoring. Part of the wider infodemic...

UN launches the first artificial intelligence tool for rapid natural capital accounting

An innovative artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will make it easier for countries to measure the contributions of nature to their economic prosperity and well‑being was launched today by the United Nations and the Basque Centre for Climate Change...

UNDP and HEART 17 launch platform to unite youth, artists and business to drive action on sustainable development

A new global initiative called HEART 17, launched in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to bring together young people and the creative and private sectors to fight poverty, inequality and climate change. HEART 17 will focus on...

UNWTO and Facebook partner to support members states to leverage digital marketing to restart tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Facebook have partnered to help global destinations make use of the power of digital marketing as they look to welcome tourists back safely. Over the past year, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism...

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