Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

14 July 2017

Underscoring the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in today’s world, the heads of over 20 United Nations agencies and offices have called for leveraging those technologies to "fast forward" implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In a new report, launched today, the senior officials also highlighted the critical link between information and communication technologies and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"The 2030 Agenda […] recognizes the great potential of global connectivity to spur human progress," noted UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his foreword to the publication, Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the global goals.

Read more

Photo: open sources

World news
Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth

Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth

11 January 2018

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year.

Is this a college or a jail? Denmark opens the world's 'most humane' maximum security prison designed to teach prisoners to change their ways

Is this a college or a jail? Denmark opens the world's 'most humane' maximum security prison designed to teach prisoners to change their ways

25 December 2017

The architect behind the 'most humane' maximum security prison in the world has said his luxury lock-up — which features spacious bedrooms, grass lawns and modern kitchens — is designed to lower re-offending rates.

UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

13 December 2017

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

World news