ICT News and Announcements

03 November 2022

Originally published on the Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB) programme website, this story map details how the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) performed a rapid geospatial assessment using earth observation data and the common geographies collected in the context of the SALB programme. Read more.

03 October 2022

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), the European Commission Directorate-General for Informatics (EC DG--DIGIT) and OpenStreetMap (OSM) have launched the second series of innovation challenges in the framework of the Open Source Software for Sustainable Development Goals (OSS4SDG) initiative.

25 August 2022

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing at an exceedingly rapid pace, and it is important that we adopt AI intentionally. Young people today will likely live in a future world in which AI will be pervasive. They deserve a say in what this future will look like.

25 July 2022

With 322 delegates in attendance, the 6th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium (6PTPS), held in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), Republic of South Africa, 21-24 June, was the largest Symposium to date.  This annual event is a joint initiative of the Department of Operational Support and the Office of Information and Communications Technology to showcase field-oriented technology initiatives, and to generate feedback and discussion with interested Member States.

01 July 2022

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Informatics (EC DG--DIGIT) announced the five winners of the Get plugged into Education! hackathon, the first innovation event from the Open Source Software for Sustainable Development Goals (OSS4SDG) initiative, on 30 June.  

07 June 2022

The Department of Operational Support (DOS) and the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of South Africa, will be hosting the Sixth Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping International Symposium in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa, from 21 to 24 June 2022. This event was originally planned for 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19. This will be the first time the Symposium is held in Africa.

26 May 2022

On Wednesday 25 May, the Secretariat of the United Nations was informed that multiple dignitaries received unsolicited messages purporting to originate from UN senior management. These communications took the form of "Signal" messages and fraudulently stated that they were to inform the recipient that a senior management official was reaching out to them using their “personal number”. 

09 May 2022

Following the successful implementation of the Field Remote Infrastructure Monitoring (FRIM) (Phase 1) in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) last February, UNGSC’s Unite FRIM team organized an awareness workshop at the request of mission leadership.

The Unite FRIM is an innovative, operational planning and oversight platform that enables UN entities to monitor infrastructure systems.

04 May 2022

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission (DG DIGIT) and Moodle, it is launching a series of innovation challenges in the framework of the “Open Source Software for Sustainable Development Goals (OSS4SDG)” initiative.

22 March 2022

Last November, United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) and the United Nations Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE) field technology trainers conducted an intensive Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training course for the Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management (INGD) and the Associação Moçambicana de Veículos Aéreos Não Tripulados (AMOVANT), among others.

UAS can be used for search- and-rescue operations, to monitor and assess critical infrastructure, to provide disaster relief by transporting emergency medical supplies to remote locations.

25 January 2022

The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) website is an online collection of texts of United Nations resolutions, documents and publications concerning the question of Palestine, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and other issues related to the Middle East situation.

With such a high volume of current and historical content, finding information can be challenging.

30 November 2021

GIS Day is observed on 17 November to commemorate spatial and geographic technologies and to promote awareness of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Geographic Information sciences.

28 October 2021

Youth development is a cross-cutting theme in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the launch of Youth2030 in 2018, the United Nations strategy on youth, the United Nations has explicitly highlighted the need for expanded global, regional and country-level action to address the needs, build the agency, and advance the rights of youth across the world, ensuring we leave no one behind. 

01 September 2021

By definition, open source development is collaborative, inclusive and revolutionary—and open software has become ubiquitous. Whenever we are online, we are benefiting from open software. It powers the cloud, and is in supercomputers, blockchain, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

27 August 2021

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and the Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) announced the winner of the recent Unite Ideas / Financial Crime Data Challenge, which sought a model for financial crime data correlation. The winning solution titled “Preventing the Financing of Terrorism by Engineering an ML Model with Financial Crime Data” was provided by 

02 August 2021

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. 

22 July 2021

Using a shared or public computer in libraries, internet cafes and airports can be convenient and is sometimes necessary but there is always the risk of exposing yourself to a number of security threats. It is critically important, therefore, that you take extra precautions to safeguard your sensitive information.

Follow these safety tips when using a public or shared computer to keep your private and work information safe.

08 June 2021

Attended by over 70 participants, the second Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Social Good (KG4SG) featured an amazing variety of applications of knowledge graphs as well as lively discussion by our speakers and panel of experts.

20 April 2021

By Lambert Hogenhout, Chief of Data, Analytics and Innovation, OICT  |  This paper aims to provide an overview of the ethical concerns in artificial intelligence (AI) and the framework that is needed to mitigate those risks, and to suggest a practical path to ensure the development and use of AI at the United Nations (UN) aligns with our ethical values.

13 April 2021

The UN signals training programme has prepared military and police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialists for service since 2016. It now offers an expanded curriculum on UN Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4); Intelligence - Surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR); and Camp Security technologies to better meet the needs of peacekeeping.