Innovating Social impact

Unite Ideas facilitates collaboration between the United Nations, academia, and civil society to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Human Rights, Peace and Security, and the Rule of Law through crowdsourcing challenges.

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Mapping the SDGs

For the second straight year, the United Nations Geospatial team has created maps on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve the SDGs, we need to understand each Goal and monitor progress toward reaching it.

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Who We Are

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) enables a better, safer, more sustainable future through innovative technology. It is committed to ensuring colleagues all over the world have every tool necessary to succeed in their respective mandates.

All Secretariat entities report to Mr. Bernardo Mariano Jr., Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, on issues relating to all ICT-related activities, resource management, standards, security, architecture, policies, and guidance. The Office is headquartered in New York City. 

Our goal is to make the world a better place.

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News Updates

16 November 2022

Today is GIS (geographic information system) Day, which commemorates geospatial data and technology and promotes awareness of Geographic Information Systems or Geographic Information Sciences (GIS).  Geospatial, or location, data can provide insights to challenges the world faces in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the second straight year, the United Nations Geospatial team is celebrating GIS day by preparing maps on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

07 November 2022

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) supports the United Nations and its partners’ goals of ensuring that no one is left behind, as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by leveraging the power of technology to help solve the world’s problems.

03 November 2022

Originally published on the Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB) programme website, this story map details how the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) performed a rapid geospatial assessment using earth observation data and the common geographies collected in the context of the SALB programme. Read more.