UN expert on democracy highlights importance of free expression, information

There can be no democracy without freedom of opinion, a United Nations independent expert said today, highlighting the importance of access to information as he also presented his ideas on making the main bodies of the UN – the General Assembly and the Security Council – more democratic.

UN General Assembly spotlights need to boost regional digital connectivity

One in five households in developing countries are now connected to the Internet but more must be done to bridge the digital divide with the developed world, the President of the General Assembly said today opening a discussion on boosting regional telecommunications transit routes.

More people must know about vital UN work with support from States, official says

United Nations staff members are on the frontlines in such vital endeavours as providing life-saving aid to victims of conflict, vaccinating millions of children and leading the fight to end extreme poverty and violence against women – and their story must be told to the global audience, the Organization’s communications chief said today.

UN unveils education initiative connecting mobile phones to the classroom

With mobile telephone access reaching over five billion of the world’s population, the United Nations educational agency today announced the launch of an initiative to harness the technology and bring mobile phone use into the classroom.

Asian countries dominate global export of information technology goods – UN

More than a third of the world’s information and communications technology (ICT) exports now originate from mainland China and its special administrative region of Hong Kong, a United Nations agency reported today, citing data that also shows that Asia accounted for 66.3 per cent of global ICT exports in 2009.

West African youth to benefit from world-class ICT training at Togolese centre

Young people across West Africa will have the opportunity to boost their career prospects through the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs) thanks to a new training institute set up through a partnership between the United Nations, a Togolese telecoms centre and Cisco Systems.

UN partners with academia to explore how technology can help in disaster response

The United Nations and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative are launching a new research project aiming to enhance information-sharing between large aid organizations and grassroots technology groups during humanitarian emergencies, it was announced today.

British and Venezuelan information technology experts scoop UN prize

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will present British and Venezuelan projects with $25,000 prizes for work they have done to combine information and communications technology (ICT) with education.

Asia-Pacific States agree to set up regional broadband connectivity framework – UN

In an effort to harness the rapid developments in mobile telecommunications services to enhance broadband access, countries in Asia and the Pacific agreed today at a United Nations-backed meeting to set up a framework for regional connectivity.

Rescuers’ efforts to notify next of kin made easier thanks to new UN code

Next-of-kin information for injured people will now be easier to find thanks to a new telephone code from the United Nations telecommunications agency.