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.
The Government of Haryana envisions the UNTIL Lab as a catalyst for collaboration between private industry, the UN, civil society, and academia to find globally acceptable solutions to achieve sustainable development goals. Haryana is already a significant center of technology development and the UNTIL office will complement this vibrant hub.
The Lab in Haryana is the fourth operational UNTIL Lab to open in the past year. The rapidly expanding network of UNTIL Labs also includes offices in Finland, Malaysia, and Egypt. Discussions are ongoing to open additional Labs in other countries.
The Lab in Haryana will work in a number of thematic areas with a particular focus on several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG’s 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).
In particular, the Haryana Lab will focus on technology start-ups with women, as well as capacity building, assisting disadvantaged group better access technology. The Lab will serve as a resource for the delivery of technology and innovation.
All UNTIL Labs work with their local tech ecosystems, with one another, as well as Member States and UN organizations to develop and design innovative technology solutions. The goal of the Labs is to exchange knowledge and experiences, work on projects, enhance access to technology through systems in order to accelerate the solution of problems through technology in order to stimulate economic growth and social progress.
The Lab will develop innovative technology-based pilot programs for regional and country priorities, support capacity building for information and communication technology, and provide leadership for coordination and mobilization of technology resources. It will also develop a platform for deep thinking, coordination, and innovations, related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"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