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Unite Newsletter - 2017 January

Frankfurt Institute Doctoral Student Wins ‘Sustainable Energy for All Challenge’ by Improving Modelling Tool Meant to Facilitate Universal Electricity Access

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. Hörsch’s solution significantly improved an existing open source energy modelling tool, the Open Source Energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS), making it more accessible and useful for energy planners around the world who are working to achieve the goal of universal access to electricity. Learn more >>

The UN Board of Auditors (BOA) is conducting a user satisfcation survey to seek fair and objective feedback from staff on the quality and usefulness of Umoja and core ICT services.
All UN personnel are asked to complete the survey by Monday 6 February 2017.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

OICT showcases innovative solutions for achieving the SDGs

The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), recognizing the critical role ICTs play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), played an active role at the ITU Telecom World in Bangkok—the annual exhibition for showcasing ICT innovations that brings together digital start-ups and ICT companies, governments, regulators, industry leaders, consultants, and experts from emerging and developed markets around the world. Learn more >>

Did you know?

Unite Self Service is now available to staff from outside the UN network. UN staff can now access from home or any other location.
 

unite.un.org/ineedservice

Unite Ideas launches #IDETECT challenge to monitor internal displacement

More than 40 million men, women, and children are displaced within their countries of residence, making them among those most likely to be excluded from social and economic opportunities for development. In collaboration with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Unite Ideas is challenging the public to create a tool that will be used to monitor internal displacement as a result of natural disasters, armed conflicts, generalized violence and development projects. Learn more >>

Unite Ideas by the numbers

What's new

  • OICT Innovation Unit hosted a panel discussion as part of UNiTE's @OrangetheWorld campaign to end violence against women and girls
  • Communications campaign kicked off in United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) for the Unite Mail migration from Lotus Notes to Outlook 
  • Unite Connections reached 22,000 registered users 
  • Global network consolidated and first phase of intelligent wide area network (WAN) implemented, resulting in lower cost for network connectivity 
  • Microsoft systems management software rolled out to manage deployment and security of applications in UN Headquarters 
  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) Global eLearning Programme, designed to offer capacity building on-demand to stakeholders and the public, reached more than 28,000 registered users and delivered more than 282,000 hours of training in 197 countries 
  • United Nations Global Service Centre's (UNGSC) One Data Centre consolidation completed 
  • 100 Business Intelligence (BI) reports were developed and are currently being tested

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