The technical nature of international development work means that to get ahead there is a pressure to specialize.
The international security environment has changed dramatically since UN Peacekeeping was created in 1948 with the internanational order under threat from new tensions. The UN's Peacekeeping Operations are at the forefront of efforts to manage conflicts, operating in 14 countries, with over 110,000 uniformed and civilian staff. But are they prepared for today's challenges and are they equipped with the technological tools to carry out their mandates?
Cannes – A conference of marketing and public relations companies resulted in a commitment by the creative industry to work through the UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More.
New York, USA – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been reached between the UN Office of Communication and Information Technologies (OICT) and UN-Habitat that provides a framework of cooperation regarding the development of emerging technology tools and digital platforms for urban design and planning.
Helsinki, Finland -- Taking note of progress so far and previewing what's to come, UNTIL's Advisory Board met in late April at the Lab in Finland. The advisory panel is made of of UN officials along with esteemed partners from academia, government, and the private sector.
Formerly the province of diplomats and envoys, these days some of the most exciting and promising work in the area of conflict prevention is being achieved by more grassroot sources. Around the world activists, tech entrepreneurs, data scientists, and every day citizens are at the forefront of a movement to design and adapt new technological models to mitigate conflict and open channels for peace.
Gurgram, India – The United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) and the Government of the state of Haryana, India have agreed to open a new office. The Lab will be located in the city of Gurugram with the goal of articulating, designing, and developing technologies that can help accelerate the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Stockholm, Sweden – A discussion on technology hosted by UNTIL at the annual Stockholm Forum Peace and Peace signalled a shift among development leaders on how access to technology can be a driver for and impediment to peace.
“Increasing complexity of conflict situations requires new understandings and mechanisms,” Maria Mekri, a consultant for UNTIL, said in opening remarks. “Technological solution may aid not just our understanding of conflict but also create tailored solutions for local conflict drivers.”
Espoo, Finland – Sort through the list of events, meetings, and collaborations contained in its first quarterly report of 2019 and one thing is clear: UNTIL is moving forward with tech innovations. According to the report, the work of UNTIL is expanding geographically and operationally.
New York, USA -- Over the last few years the UN headquarters in New York, long known as the epicenter of world diplomacy, has also emerged as a hub of technological innovations. The organization has spawned its own innovation ecosystem creating amazing solutions to overlooked global problems.
New York, USA, — The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) signed an agreement establishing a framework for their cooperation.
UN member states have made commitments to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) but the responsibility of achieving these is shared more broadly -- by cities, companies, and even individuals.
While computers that make data-driven decisions have become routine for much of the world, so far the field of international development has been slow to embrace machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. But enthusiasm is growing. Read More
Finland's technology innovation scene is thriving. The country's vibrancy in this area has been attributed to a concentration of factors: world-class universities, robust state support, and a deep pool of technological talent.
Espoo, Finland - Interested in working for a public-sector start-up trying to bridge the gap between the world of development and technology? Then you might consider applying for one of the entry-level positions advertised with the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) in Finland. Apply Here
Espoo, Finland -- Since the outbreak began last August nearly 1,000 people in eastern Congo have been infected with Ebola. The outbreak is now the second largest ever recorded, and frontline UN health workers indicate that as of now there is little sign the disease is slowing. To help in the fight against Ebola, yesterday the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, an American philanthropy, anncounced it had created a fund to support innovative technologies. The deadline is March 25, 2019.
New York, USA - The United Nations recently hosted a groundbreaking conference on frontier technologies and how they might be harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
Espoo, Finland -- The Advisory Panel of UNTIL FInland recently gathered at the organization's new office in the A-Grid building of Aalto University to review plans and chart a course forward. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Atefeh Riazi, Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, along with Mr. Jarmo Sareva, Ambassador for Innovation for Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In February the Adivisory Panel for UNTIL Malaysia met in Kuala Lumpur. The session was co-chaired by the United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Stefan Priesner and Ms. Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. The meeting was held on Feburary 13. Attached is a summary of the meeting.
Espoo, Finland – So much plastic debris winds up in the ocean each year scientists warn that by 2050 plastic bottles could outnumber fish. Avoiding this scenario is of intense global interest. Yet it took one team of students less than two days to come up with a possible solution.
Espoo, Finland - The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is working closely with partners worldwide to develop innovative solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
NEW YORK, (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations announced today that the first European United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) established in Finland will be at SLUSH discussing their focus on technology innovation aiding the circular economy, education, peace and security, and health.
New York / Helsinki - The World Challenge Finland 2018 showcased innovative technology solutions that could potentially be used to tackle the effects of climate change as well as other major global challenges. The goal of the competition was to develop services supporting sustainable development using open-source satellite data.
New York / Helsinki - United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) and xEdu, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, announced that they will collaborate to accelerate the development and implementation of new learning solutions via the frameworks provided by xEdu startup acceleration program and the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs.
One of UNTIL key roles is to foster partnerships and provide a global perspective for local technology innovation eco-systems already present in the host country. UNTIL provides network connection to other UN Member States and leverages local expertise for global value added. UNTIL engages key actors in the host country and links them through technology solution development and proof of concepts to key actors in other Labs locations.