ICT news and announcements

09 November 2020

NEW YORK, 11 June (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations is relying heavily on information and communications technology (ICT) to respond to the COVID-19 crisis while continuing its important work. The Security Council meets by video teleconference, and the Secretary-General holds media interviews with journalists sitting in different rooms, sometimes in different cities. United Nations staff all over the world rely on video platforms for virtual meetings and townhalls in this time of social (physical) distancing. 

22 June 2020

NEW YORK, 05 June (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced the winners of Unite Ideas Reboot the Ocean challenge.  

The challenge was launched as a collaboration between the UN Global Compact and the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT). 

21 May 2020

 

NEW YORK, 21 May (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — As Italy confronts the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have had to explore new ways of teaching through distance-learning techniques. In this context, the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is proud to announce that the Unite Maps team in the United Nations Global Service Centre in Brindisi, Italy conducted a humanitarian mapathon in March.

07 May 2020

 

Estonia  Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden have pooled their digital education solutions to support other countries’ education systems during the Covid-19 crisis.  The initiative is supported by Startup Estonia and co-organized with United Nations Technology Innovation Lab, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Estonian Union of Educational Technologists, Good Deed Education FundInnoveHITSA, and Education Nation.

10 February 2020

 

NEW YORK, 10 February (Office of Information and Communications Technology) —During its 75-year history, the United Nations has continuously utilized the most effective information communications technology (ICT) in its efforts to promote peace and cooperation.

29 May 2019

NEW YORK, 29 May 2019 (Office of Information and Communications Technology) - The Secretariat of the United Nations High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) today announced that a team from the University of Bologna, Italy, won a global challenge for the Extraction and Elicitation of United Nations General Assembly Resolutions.

09 May 2019

The "Summer Of Solutions" is a new campaign for young people around the world that encourages innovative technology-based solutions to global challenges.

05 June 2018

Qlik®, a leader in data analytics, today announced the expansion of its existing strategic partnership with the United Nations to deliver critical and actionable analytics insights to positively effect global sustainability and humanitarian efforts. The United Nations, through the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), is standardized on Qlik’s visual analytics platform to create applications that advance United Nations’ missions.

20 March 2018

NEW YORK, 20 March (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations and Tableau Software are proud to announce an unprecedented agreement that provides access to Tableau’s world class visual analytics to professionals working in 193 Member States across the United Nations system.

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15 March 2018

NEW YORK, 15 March 2018 (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Department of Management’s Office of Information and Communications Technology announced today that the Blockchain for Social Impact team of ConsenSys has won the Unite Ideas “Blockchain for Humanity” challenge, launched by the World Identity Network, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology.

12 February 2018

NEW YORK, 12 February (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced that a team from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, has won the Unite Ideas #SDGInsights challenge for its methodology providing a framework to combine multiple data sources based on geographic location, and to apply advanced machine learning algorithms to the data to discover previously hidden patterns.

25 January 2018

NEW YORK, 25 January (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced that a team of data scientists and developers from CKM Advisors, a consulting firm based in New York City, has won the Unite Ideas #SciTechMatcher challenge.

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21 December 2017

Take a look at the 2017 interactive timeline to get an idea of what the UN's dedicated ICT professionals accomplished together in this third year of the ICT strategy.

With commitment, dedication, and hard work, we are transforming information and communications technology (ICT) in the United Nations. Following are just some of the major accomplishments of 2017:

30 October 2017

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30 October 2017

Senior managers should be able to access reliable up-to-date information in one easy-to-use tool to make more informed decisions. To that end, the Department of Management’s Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) has launched over 55 easy-to-use management dashboards on the Unite Analytics platform. The dashboards let senior managers view and compare data, and generate insight into such areas as finance, human resources, and support services—information that is critical for budgeting, forecasting, and benchmarking key performance indicators (KPIs).

22 June 2017

NEW YORK, 22 June (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced today that Data for Democracy (D4D) has won the Unite Ideas Internal Displacement Event Tagging and Extraction Clustering Tool (#IDETECT) data challenge. Learn More>>

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31 January 2017

NEW YORK, 31 January (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — Mr. Jonas Hörsch, a doctoral student in physics at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, is the winner of the Unite Ideas #SE4All MathProg Challenge. Mr.

30 December 2016

Take a look at the 2016 interactive timeline to get an idea of what the UN's dedicated ICT professionals accomplished together in this third year of the ICT strategy.

With commitment, dedication, and hard work, we are transforming information and communications technology (ICT) in the United Nations. Following are just some of the major accomplishments of 2016:

15 March 2016

NEW YORK, 15 March (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced today that Abdulqadir Rashik has won the Unite Ideas #LinksSDGs Data Visualization Challenge. Mr. Rashik, a software engineer, entrepreneur and founder of India-based Miavy Systems, was awarded the Challenge's top prize for his submission "Links to Sustainable Cities", an interactive visualization that identifies and maps the links between Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and the other 16 Goals.

10 March 2016

10 March 2016, New York, USA - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) represented by its Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director, Mr. Nikhil Seth, and the United Nations Secretariat Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN OICT) represented by the Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer, Ms. Atefeh Riazi, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in New York.