UN mobilizes to meet challenges of media attacks and low public standing

Despite efforts to counter attacks in the media, and other successful initiatives to tell the world body’s story to people around the globe, “the United Nations’ standing in many countries has never been lower,” and the organization is mobilizing fully to meet the challenge, according to a top UN information official.

Information technology must be used to promote development, Annan tells UN forum

To make vital progress towards implementing internationally agreed development goals, it will be crucial to harness the potential created by the past decade's info-tech explosion, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in his message to a global forum on using new technologies to boost education.

Next session of UN information technology forum to focus on education

Hundreds of leading educators, scientists, development experts and programme analysts are set to gather in Dublin, Ireland, for a United Nations-organized forum on harnessing the potential of new information technologies for education.

UN seeks higher global media profile through Cannes TV programming market

A 30-strong team of United Nations audio-visual professionals is heading to a major media forum next week in Cannes, France, to promote UN productions, expand television partnerships and highlight the global fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Fund for community computer projects launched in Geneva - UN

A "Digital Solidarity Fund", a voluntary financing mechanism designed to provide community computers, was launched today in Geneva, with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcoming the initiative as contributing to the fight against poverty and bridging the information divide.

Preparations for UN information summit move ahead with agreement on development fund

Preparations for the second phase of a United Nations summit on information technology wrapped up today after delegates moved forward on the creation of a voluntary fund to help build up sorely needed know-how and infrastructure in developing countries.

UN official calls for 'walking-distance' access to communication technologies for every African

Well-defined roles must guide national and regional actions in building Africa's information and communications technologies, paving the way for easy access by all people on the continent, according to the head of the United Nations regional commission for Africa.

‘Hello, I need help’ – UN-backed forum to discuss automated car emergency calls

Cars with futuristic communications systems, ranging from warning nearby vehicles that they are skidding and advising appropriate action to automatically generated in-vehicle emergency calls that could save lives, will be the focus of a United Nations-backed workshop at next month’s Geneva International Motor Show.

UN hosts conference on safeguarding freedom of expression on the Internet

In fulfilment of its mandate to nurture the democratic debate, the United Nations cultural agency today convened 150 media professionals, policy-makers and freedom of expression advocates to consider ways of safeguarding that freedom on the Internet.

UN telecommunications conference to be held in Qatar in March next year

The United Nations telecommunications agency will hold a conference of its highest policy-making body in an Arab state for the first time when its Member States meet next year in Qatar.