Turning problems into progress: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day

On World Intellectual Property Day, the United Nations is spotlighting innovation – “future-shapers and risk-takers” – exploring how it is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress.

Iraqi student praises the power of multiculturalism

When Ahmed Fahad left Iraq two years ago to pursue a PhD in the United States, he had what he described as “scary expectations.”

However, strong English language skills and a belief in what he called “the multicultural sense of communication” helped the father of three to survive.

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Ban appoints new Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Cristina Gallach of Spain as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

Letter-post still key revenue-maker for world’s postal services – UN agency

Despite an overall decline in global letter mailings, traditional letter-post still contributes almost half of all postal revenues, the United Nations global post agency has reported, noting that in an ever-evolving communication landscape, postal services still remain a critical lynchpin for international networks.

UN now better equipped to publicize its work, says head of information committee

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) is now better able to spread the message about the important work carried out by the Organization, the chair of the body tasked with reviewing activities in this area said today.

Delegates at UN telecom forum agree to reduce emissions from ICT use

Close to 800 information and communication technology (ICT) experts from nearly 100 countries have wrapped up a United Nations meeting in Johannesburg by agreeing to work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions arising from the use of ICTs.

Least developed countries need low-cost computers, expert tells UN meeting

Mobile phones were not the solution to the problems of least developed countries, an information and communication technologies (ICT) expert said today at a United Nations meeting in Kuala Lumpur that brought together 150 participants from around the world.

UN telecommunication official warns of widening Internet broadband divide

With more than half of the world’s population now becoming mobile telephone subscribers the digital divide in such phones has been largely bridged, but there remains a widening risk of an Internet broadband divide, the head of the United Nations agency for telecommunication warned today.

UN and computer maker HP partner to boost IT skills of Africa’s young people

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have joined forces to help young unemployed people across Africa build their entrepreneurial and information technology (IT) skills, it was announced today.

UN launches initiative to improve Internet access in Asia-Pacific region

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a new database to promote the development of telecentres – community centres where people in the poorest and most remote areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet.