‘New and dangerous’ global risks require multilateral solutions, Guterres tells Italian Senate 

Shifting balances of power are triggering “new and dangerous risks”, the UN chief told the Italian Senate in Rome on Wednesday, pointing to the need for more coordinated international responses, focused on solutions.

Women’s internet access still trailing men ‘and gap is growing’: ITU

Although almost nine in 10 people in developed countries use the internet, in poorer regions, only a fraction of that number goes online. That’s the latest finding from ITU, the International Telecommunications Union, which in a new report, highlights how more women than ever are missing out on potential digital gains.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Dr​ Susan Teltscher explains why it’s often women in rural areas who suffer most.

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News in Brief 10 June 2019

  • UN report issues ‘declaration of digital interdependence’ 
  • Concern, as tensions rise over Iranian nuclear issue  
  • Future food systems centre stage at Rome symposium 
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Play time – and not screen time - is so much more important for kids, says WHO

For the first time, the UN health agency WHO, has released guidelines on how long very young children should be spending in front of a screen. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WHO’s Dr. Juana Willumsen explains the lifelong potential harm that can be caused by sedentary behaviour, over extended periods of time. 

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‘Protect children and their digital footprint,’ urges UNICEF on Safer Internet Day

Every half a second, every day, a child goes online for the first time – tapping into all the great opportunities the Internet has to offer, but facing grave risks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday, calling for urgent action to protect them from sexual exploitation, cyberbullying and the misuse of their private information.

News in Brief 7 June 2017 (PM)

Digital multinationals expand and so does digital investment divide: UNCTAD

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As booming digital economy sprints past poor countries, UN report urges closing investment divide

Even though digital multinational enterprises – Internet and e-commerce platforms such as Uber, Instagram and Facebook – saw “dramatic” growth over the past few years, more than 60 of the top 100 such ventures were concentrated in three countries, leaving much room for growth elsewhere, a new, ground-breaking United Nations report revealed today.

The “edge of development” is shifting away from Western nations

The edge of development for digital technology is shifting away from Western nations in favour of the developing world.

That’s according to Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda in Belgium.

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UN-backed centre in Indonesia to explore how digital data can help development

A new United Nations-backed centre, launched today in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, will explore how digital data can help tackle development challenges by identifying population trends, behaviours and attitudes in real-time.

Secretary-General urges Asian media to help bridge digital divide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on delegates to an Asian media conference to bridge the digital divide that can separate rich and poor depending on their access to modern telecommunications.