Message from the CITO

Message from the CITO, Ms. Atefeh Riazi - Chief Information Technology Officer

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"As the Chief Information Technology Officer, I invite the global community of data scientists to partner with the United Nations in our mandate to harness the power of data analytics and visualization to uncover new knowledge about UN related topics such as human rights, environmental issues, and political affairs."

What is Unite Ideas ?


Unite Ideas is a platform for collaboration between academia, civil society, and the United Nations. It is a place to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and help others by taking on data science and visualization challenges. The solutions to these challenges contribute to better understanding more than 60 years of political and socio-economic history of the world in meaningful ways.

Data Science and Visualization

At Unite Ideas the general public can access open source code of the solutions to previously completed challenges. This helps disseminate data science and visualization methods worldwide, and cultivates the depth of expertise in this field. This expertise can be re-used by governments and civil society to tackle similar problems in their respective countries.

Open Data

The United Nations produces a vast amount of information, covering a wide range of subjects in at least 6 official languages, and formats e.g. documents, datasets, and multimedia. Increasingly, this information is being made available to the public as “open data”.  Unite Ideas is an avenue for the public to discover these datasets so they can be used and explored to support international peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, international law, and humanitarian aid.

Are you a UN staff members interested in proposing a data challenge?