Low-cost laptop project for poor children closer to reality, says UN advocate

The ‘One Laptop per Child’ initiative, a pioneering project to give children in poor countries access to affordable computers, is in sight of becoming a reality, the United Nations advocate for the world’s most vulnerable nations said today.

UN-backed forum examines role of information in humanitarian operations

Improving humanitarian responses during emergencies through better information is the focus of a United Nations event that kicked off today in Geneva, bringing together governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, academics, the media and the private sector.

UN launches new ‘e-agriculture’ platform to support rural development

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new interactive web-based site, underscoring the important role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in promoting agriculture and rural development.

UN-sponsored meeting seeks to link remote Asia-Pacific communities to Internet

With only about 14,000 of the world’s estimated 170,000 community e-centres in Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations opened a two-day meeting today on establishing a regional knowledge network of the centres where people in the poorest and remotest areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet.

Secretary-General urges young people to harness ICT to build better world

Stressing the growing role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the quest for development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on youth attending a United Nations-backed summit to harness the power of the digital revolution to tackle global challenges.

Better IT connectivity can unleash Africa’s economic potential, UN officials say

Better information technology links can help Africa to unleash its economic potential, United Nations and business leaders said today in New York.

Narrowing technology gap key to reducing poverty in poorest nations – UN

The world’s 50 poorest nations must harness science, technology and innovation to be able to achieve the kind of economic growth needed to reduce poverty, according to a new United Nations report released today.

UN summit aims to harness technology for Africa’s development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have strongly endorsed a summit to be held later this year aiming to boost information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa to advance development on the continent.

Ban Ki-moon names top aides to deal with poor countries, information technology

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named the Ambassador of Mali to the United Nations as his top aide dealing with the world’s most vulnerable countries and appointed a veteran information technology professional from the Republic of Korea as the world body’s new Chief IT Officer.

Tech companies looking to poorer countries' markets, UN panel told

The larger information technology corporations in Silicon Valley are undergoing a “significant mindset change” regarding emerging markets, a top executive has told a panel at the United Nations.