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05 Aug 2019
United Nations Announces Ribbon Cutting and Panel at Slush Startup Event
United Nations Announces Ribbon Cutting and Panel at Slush Startup Event

NEW YORK, 15 Nov, 2018 (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.

“The UN Technology Innovation Labs will demonstrate the potential for open source, frontier technology to significantly advance our understanding of the complex issues of an ever-changing landscape,” said Salem Avan, Director of the Global Services Division in the Office of Information and Communications Technology. “Frontier technology tools will prove to be an invaluable resource to the United Nations and the member states for efficient, affordable, and high-quality solutions that can accelerate our humanitarian responses.”

On Wednesday 5th December 2018, at the side of the SLUSH, and co-organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the United Nations Office for Information and Communication and Technology, SLUSH participants and the general public are cordially invited to attend, learn and collaborate with UNTIL at the following events: 

UNTIL SLUSH Side Event: The Role of technology for the Sustainable Development Goals

    Panel discussion with keynote speeches from: 

 - Ms Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for International Trade, Government of Finland

 - Ms Atefeh Riazi, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for ICT

 - Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination

When: 13:00 - 14:30 pm
Where: Messukeskus Siipi, room Säde, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki    
Tickets for this event ONLY are available here:

Media Q&A with keynote speakers:  13:30 – 14:00

Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at the UNTIL lab (by invitation only)

When:     17:30 - 18:00 pm                 
Where:     A Grid, Aalto University, Otakaari 5, 02150 Espoo

Media representatives are welcome to follow the events. RSVP is mandatory before attendance.

For Inquiries: UNTIL email:

Secretary General

"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.  
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."

23 March 2018, New York