About OICT

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.

The Office focuses on strategic, long-term improvements across the Secretariat, through:

  1. enterprise applications (such as Umoja, inspira, Mail, Self Service, Connections and Docs);
  2. new technologies and innovation (for example business intelligence, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain);
  3. efficient management and development of its global ICT infrastructure (including lease lines and satellite communications);
  4. strengthening information security;
  5. project management frameworks;
  6. ICT governance; and
  7. establishment of ICT policies, architecture and standards.

A technology strategy for the future UN

ICT staff across the global Secretariat collaborated to develop a modern, responsive ICT strategy for the United Nations.

The ICT strategy (A/69/517) was a five-year road map designed to ensure that information and communications technology supports the core work of the United Nations in the areas of peace and security, human rights, international law, humanitarian affairs and sustainable development.

The strategy provided a common vision for ICT delivery in the United Nations through modernization, transformation and innovation. It established a framework for improved governance, strong leadership and optimal use of ICT resources to support effective decision-making. The strategy was built on five pillars:

  • Modernize: support strategic priorities of the Secretariat through advanced technology
  • Transform: restructure ICT globally to provide enhanced services
  • Innovate: foster innovative solutions that enable the UN to fulfill its mandates
  • Optimize: ensure ICT resources support business objectives and bring value for investment
  • Govern: strengthen governance and technical authority to ensure compliance and accountability

The ICT strategy has modernized the way in which technology is used and established capacity and capability in frontier technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and blockchain. . 

Unite - a global ICT brand

"Unite" is Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for a stronger, more effective United Nations. A key component of the strategy is uniting as a global workforce, to deliver enterprise solutions and standards.

We believe that when United Nations personnel are supported by modern tools and processes and collaborating across boundaries -- the whole world benefits.

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