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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.

‘Warp speed’ technology must be ‘force for good’ UN chief tells web leaders

Technological advances are happening “at a warp speed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in Lisbon, Portugal, as a major three-day Web Summit got underway.

Solar cooking helps sauce up Sustainable Development Goals

Solar cooking can help achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to clean water and gender equality, according to Alan Bigelow, Science Director at Solar Cookers International (SCI).  Solar cooking utilizes heat generated directly from the sun instead of converting sunlight to electricity.  Mr. Bigelow spoke with UN News about the revolutionary cookers.

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It's high time tech community tackled digital challenge together, says expert panel senior official

It’s “high time” the international community decided how best to embrace the potential benefits of digital technology - and protect against its unexpected negative consequences - a senior official from a panel of tech experts appointed by UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday.

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Science, technology and innovation crucial to ‘transformative impact’ of Global Goals, UN forum hears

If everyone is to enjoy a future of peace, dignity and opportunity, then science, technology and innovation need to be at the heart of the race to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, a Forum at UN Headquarters heard on Tuesday.

UN ‘Tech Bank’ opens in Turkey, to help poor nations ‘leapfrog development challenges’

The United Nations on Monday welcomed a new member of the family, which will help address the development challenges of the world’s poorest countries through science, technology and innovation,  while also marking a significant milestone for the whole 2030  Sustainable Development Agenda.

Countries are unprepared for the digital economy – but the UN can help

The digital economy is worth a staggering $27 trillion, but most countries are ill-prepared to take advantage of it, the UN’s trade and development agency (UNCTAD) w

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Social media giants meet at UN to address online terrorism

The UN Security Council has called for dialogue with major social media companies in order to limit terrorists’ ability to recruit and operate online.

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A robot’s ‘father’ discusses progress in artificial intelligence and reveals a future that’s closer than you think

At 18 months-old, Sophia cannot walk, but she can understand speech and, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, participate in a panel discussion and respond to questions using her artificial intelligence (AI).