News in Brief 24 October 2019

  • "Historic" eradication of wild poliovirus strain
  • UN agencies and partners step up support to north-east Syria
  • Weather experts call for protection of life-saving radio frequencies


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Make every day a day for girls in ICT, says UN

From Switzerland to Somalia girls are creating their own apps; they are programming the robots they build. On Girls in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Day, the United Nations is urging more girls to pursue careers in the fast-paced science and tech industry, generally regarded as a ‘boys-only’ club.

UN telecom agency launches study to assess status of cybersecurity worldwide

The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched today a unique initiative to measure the levels of cybersecurity in countries, underlining the agency’s commitment to building Internet safety capacity at the national level, particularly in developing countries.

High-definition television sets sights even higher at UN study group

Ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) has taken a major step towards becoming reality, with experts agreeing on most technical characteristics for a medium that will be at least 16 times visually sharper than current state-of-the-art TV, a United Nations agency reported today.

New UN satellite standards to boost communications in emergencies

New radiocommunication standards for satellite services that could be used to save greater lives in the wake of natural disasters have been approved, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced today.

UN approves energy-efficient mobile telephone charger for worldwide use

The United Nations communications technology agency has given its stamp of approval to a new energy-efficient one-size-fits-all mobile telephone charger, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced today.

UN meeting calls for new technology policies for disabled in Asia-Pacific

A United Nations-backed gathering in the Republic of Korea wrapped up today calling for improved access to Internet and mobile phone technologies, among others, for some 400 million persons with disabilities living in the Asia-Pacific region.

To scale up efficiency, UN agencies jointly launch information-sharing initiative

United Nations agencies today joined forces on a new online project to share information and expertise, as part of a broader Organization-wide effort to boost efficiency by eliminating duplicate activities and cutting costs.

Infrastructure sharing in telecommunications needed to offset investment drought – UN

Strategies for sharing among telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT) providers are needed to offset an investment drought stemming from the deepening global financial crisis, according to a new United Nations report.

Hard action needed to simplify technology standards, says UN agency

The telecommunications industry needs to take aggressive action to streamline its work on standardizing the industry and end duplication of effort within the sector, the United Nations technology agency stressed today.