International demand for patents hit a record high last year, as innovators in China, the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Germany, sought to protect their inventions, said the UN agency that polices the process worldwide, on Tuesday.
A low-cost, tiny home that provides everything you need. A boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops. Vaccine-delivery drones… As the planet marks World Creativity and Innovation Day on Sunday, we’ve selected our favorite ideas to light up the way to a better future for all, across several sectors.
The reality of working today is that people are “continuously asked to do more and more and have no time to rest”, often with grave consequences for their health and wellbeing, an expert from the UN labour agency, the ILO, said on Thursday.
In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, occupational safety and health specialist Manal Azzi, discusses the pros and cons of technological innovation at work, as well as sustainable solutions to combat climate change, highlighting that prevention really is the key.
The innovation and technology sector holds “huge opportunities for women,” said to become more tangible with a new alliance aimed at advancing women and girls in the field.
That’s the assessment of Fiona Bayat-Renoux, leader of innovation at UN Women, which on Thursday launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC).
The coalition is comprised of 22 partners from private sector, non-profit and academic institutions that will work together over a two-year period.
Merging science, technology and innovative ideas can help tackle the global challenges to development, a panellist at a UN conference on the topic has said.
Vaughan Turekian, science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State, explained how these tools can be harnessed to advance the sustainable development goals or SDGs.