technology

News in Brief 12 November 2019

  • Australia wildfires: ‘Get out’ if you can, warn UN weather experts  
  • UN health agency welcomes Ebola vaccine approval  
  • Economies must remain open, to succeed: IP chief 
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Syria latest, tech needs threaten life-saving weather forecasts, #UN75 birthday conversation begins, polio virus nears eradication

A recap of Thurday's main stories: Wireless technology could block life-saving weather forecasts; UN gears up for 75th birthday dialogue; polio close to eradication; UN steps up northeast Syria aid; "unique opportunity" for end to Sudan-South Sudan border disputes.

Lives at risk if wireless technology demands are not held in check: UN weather watchdog

Amid growing competition for radio wave space due to new wireless technologies, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Thursday called on governments to protect radio frequencies allocated to potentially life-saving weather forecasting services.

Space technology that’s helping small States survive climate change

Fifty years since the first moonwalk, space technology has made a huge difference to life on earth – just think about all those weather and telecommunications satellites orbiting way above us.

Now, with the help of high-precision satellite imagery and a nifty mobile phone app, UN satellite experts are aiming to give small island States threatened by natural disasters and climate change, the best chance of survival.

In an interview with UN News’s Kina Vujanic-Beck to celebrate World Space Week 2019, UNOSAT’s Dr. Einar Bjorgo, explains how technology out there in orbit, can be applied for development and humanitarian ends.

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Technology brings positive change, but ‘collateral damage’ must be minimized: senior UN official

Digital technology has the potential to bring about a sustainable future, but the “collateral damage” of this transition must be mitigated, says the head of the UN’s technology strategy team, Salem Avan.

News in Brief 25 June 2019

  • ‘Immediate’ moratorium call, on use of surveillance technology
  • 20,000 migrants rescued in Sahara since 2016
  • Concern over slow decline of malnutrition in India 
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News in Brief 14 June 2019

  • South Sudanese facing famine in all but name, warns UN food agency
  • Amid Sudan protest uncertainty, Darfur is still in crisis: OCHA
  • 5G technology jeopardizes forecasting and early warning alerts, say UN weather experts
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Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to ‘smart sustainable cities’

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating “the transition to smart sustainable cities", said the chief of the UN agency which specializes in information and communication technologies, Houlin Zhao, kicking off the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.

News in Brief 24 April 2019

  • Violence continuing to inflict ‘high levels of harm’ on Afghan civilians
  • More regulation on new technologies needed: UN Human Rights chief says after visiting Silicon Valley
  • ‘Violent extremism must not divide us’: UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Sri Lanka’s attacks
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5 world-changing ideas: our top picks for World Creativity and Innovation Day

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.