TechLearnTalks Helping Demystify New Technologies

The 2030 Agenda recognizes that the spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, to bridge the digital divide, and to develop knowledge societies. 

In an effort to create awareness of, and unlock the full potential of, ICTs for sustainable development, the Office of Information and Communications Technology has partnered with the UN Innovation Network (UNIN) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on TechLearnTalks. The objective of this series is to demystify a range of new technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, and cloud-computing.

The monthly talks introduce technologies to a non-technical audience within the UN and show how such technologies are already being applied by UN Entities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.    

Delivered by a combination of experts from within the UN as well as subject-matter experts from academia, other international organizations or the private sector, each talk includes an introduction to the technology and includes examples of how the UN is already working with it.

Although TechLearnTalks are designed for UN personnel, each talk is recorded and made available to anyone interested in learning about a technology and gaining increased awareness of how it is being or could be applied in the context of the UN.

Previous TechLearnTalks can be found at: