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  • Tanzania: Ghana to host awards ceremony for 2017 African innovators
    16 june 2017 07:54:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Winners of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) will be announced in Accra, Ghana, on 18 July 2017, the Africa Innovation Foundation (AIF) said on Thursday when it disclosed the top 10 nominees who will battle it out for the prestigious prize. Full text...

  • US: Switzerland tops world innovation index; India, other emerging markets on the rise
    16 june 2017 06:00:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Innovation is a key development tool that could boost economies and provide a way out of the growing squeeze on the world's food resources – one of the major challenges of the 21st century – according to a new United Nations report. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN artificial intelligence summit aims to tackle poverty, humanity's 'grand challenges'
    07 june 2017 19:47:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Artificial intelligence (AI) is responsible for self-driving cars and voice-recognition smart phones, but the United Nations this week is refocusing AI on sustainable development and assisting global efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger, and to protect the environment. Full text...

  • US: As booming digital economy sprints past poor countries - UN report
    07 june 2017 19:46:56
    New York, US (PANA) – Even though digital multinational enterprises – Internet and e-commerce platforms such as Uber, Instagram and Facebook – witnessed “dramatic” growth over the past few years, more than 60 of the top 100 such ventures were concentrated in three countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany), leaving much room to grow elsewhere, a new, ground-breaking United Nations report has revealed. Full text...

  • Austria: IAEA set to boost ongoing contribution to sustainable development
    31 may 2017 05:12:44
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Nuclear science and technology are essential in helping countries address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations atomic agency told some 1200 participants at the opening of an international conference in Vienna. Full text...

  • Scotland: Scientists seek drought-resistant chickpea to benefit poor farmers
    29 may 2017 12:03:46
    Edinburgh, Scotland (PANA) - Scientists are seeking to develop chickpeas that can flourish in dry climates, to help African farmers reliably grow the staple crop. Full text...

  • Senegal: New global mobile operator announced
    24 may 2017 10:44:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Things Mobile, the first global mobile operator dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), to connect millions of devices all over the world, even without Wi-Fi, has been announced. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana maintains caution over 'WannaCry' virus on Internet
    22 may 2017 18:27:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government internet remained down on Monday following deliberate precautionary steps to secure all systems against the recent outbreak of 'WannaCry' virus. Full text...

  • US: Big data can have 'big impact' on achievement of Global Goals, UN says
    18 may 2017 13:58:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Mastering and measuring 'big data' – to map poverty from space or use mobile phones to track food security – could boost evidence-based decision-making at local and global levels and drive the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations telecommunications agency has said. Full text...

  • US: Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world's development challenges
    18 may 2017 06:04:25
    New York, US (PANA) – From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations to discuss how emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana alerts public on WannaCry virus
    16 may 2017 11:15:32
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has issued a warning alert and suspended some government e-service operations, as the country guards against WannaCry virus that has hit over 150 countries. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana continues to condemn North Korea’s actions
    03 may 2017 15:42:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has strongly condemned the ‘rogue state of North Korea’, saying its latest statement demonstrates the regime’s determination to accelerate its ambitions for a nuclear programme. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ECA professionals encourage Ethiopian girls to embrace ICTs
    27 april 2017 18:48:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Despite the increasing number of girls and women using new technologies in Africa, far too few women and girls are using these technologies or are leaders in science, technology and the innovation space, according to a senior official of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • US: UN agencies encourage girls to seek technology careers
    27 april 2017 18:08:03
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations agencies on Thursday introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of the annual 'International Girls in ICT Day' celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN celebrates ‘risk-takers’ on World Intellectual Property Day
    26 april 2017 16:54:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Marking the Day at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has noted that while the world is facing enormous changes and challenges, including new technologies and shifting labour markets that will impact people’s lives, WIPO has an essential role to play. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court blocks multi-billion dollar nuclear deal
    26 april 2017 14:27:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court on Wednesday rejected the South African government’s US$ 72 billion nuclear procurement processes and set it aside. Full text...

  • US: UN celebrates historic event that opened doors to outer space
    13 april 2017 07:07:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Wednesday commemorated the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the first human space flight, which ushered in the beginning of the space era for mankind. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana Engineering professor's research on DC motor attracts global interest
    12 april 2017 09:40:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – An research article published by a professor at the University of Botswana (UB), which presents a strategy for analysis and design of a digital robust control system for accurate speed control of a DC motor has been attracting global interest. Full text...

  • France: Mobile solutions to empower, educate refugees and displaced persons
    29 march 2017 05:51:11
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency completes studies on 5G mobile technology
    24 february 2017 07:50:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world completed on Thursday a cycle of studies on the key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G technology) for the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)-2020 systems. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: African tech start-up using robots to produce news stories
    15 february 2017 07:59:25
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Controvert Media, an African tech start-up, has created and is using artificial intelligence robots to automatically write and post news articles on the internet, IT News Africa reported on Wednesday saying the service was trialled at the recently-concluded AFCON 2017 football tournament. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO condemns Mauritius on bio-medical experiments on animals
    01 february 2017 07:13:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A British-based NGO, Cruelty Free International, on Wednesday criticised a decision of Mauritius to allow experiments on animals to take place in the island, claiming that it will inflict even further suffering on the country’s primate population, which is likely to be the main species used in research. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Cyber security multinational tips Internet users on safety from hackers
    11 january 2017 07:38:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Internet users around the world are still to find a way to protect themselves effectively through their use of passwords, according to a research by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian multinational cyber security and anti-virus provider. Full text...

  • UN: Inaugural UN World Data Forum to hold in Cape Town in January
    07 december 2016 16:18:54
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 1,000 data leaders from government, business, science and civil society are expected to gather in Cape Town, South Africa from 15-18 January, 2017 for the inaugural UN World Data Forum, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN forum to foster accessible, reliable, inclusive Internet
    06 december 2016 17:56:05
    New York, US (PANA) - About 3,000 delegates from across the world will join thousands more online for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico, from 6-9December, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • UN: WIPO says global innovation, patent applications rise
    23 november 2016 18:41:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Global innovation is soaring as the 2015 edition of a UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report reveals that 2.9 million patent applications lodged worldwide, which is a 7.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF invests in tech start-ups to improve children’s lives
    15 november 2016 19:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Using a venture capital approach through investing in companies with short track records but long-term growth possibilities, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday announced the first five emerging market start-ups to which it will provide seed money to source solutions for issues like transportation, wearable technology, finance, and personal data. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO stresses importance of science centres, museums to sustainable development
    10 november 2016 16:10:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting the centrality of science in major global sustainable development agenda, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday stressed the importance of science centres and museums to build skill and capacities as well as to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: 1,000 data experts to hold global forum in South Africa
    03 november 2016 14:07:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 1,000 data experts will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, for the inaugural UN World Data Forum holding from 15-18 January 2017, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Global Pulse, Twitter partner on data for SDGs
    23 september 2016 19:16:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Twitter, the global platform for self-expression and live conversation, and UN Global Pulse, on Friday announced a partnership that will provide the UN with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by world leaders last year. Full text...

  • US: Nearly 47 per cent of global population now online – UN report
    16 september 2016 06:12:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Even though China and India are now the largest Internet markets on the planet, they are also among the six countries that together account for 55 per cent of the global ‘offline’ population, according to a new report of a United Nations commission. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korea nuclear test
    10 september 2016 16:17:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on 9 September, stating that it was a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity. Full text...

  • US: Remnants of Qadhafi-era chemical weapons programme arrive in Germany
    10 september 2016 04:53:45
    Washington, DC US (PANA) - The last remnants of Libya’s Qadhafi-era chemical weapons programme have arrived at a specialized destruction facility in Germany for a destruction under international verification by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Seedstars hits Malian capital to scout for top entrepreneurs in emerging markets
    02 september 2016 09:41:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is going to Mali for the first time on 4 September 2016 to scout for the best entrepreneurs in technology, IT News Africa reported on Friday. Full text...

  • US: US lauds partners on removal of chemical weapons precursors from Libya
    02 september 2016 08:30:38
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has lauded partners who worked to safely remove Libya’s remaining chemical weapons precursors as authorized by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2298 and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council decisions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda capital witnesses partial solar eclipse
    01 september 2016 10:42:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's capital, Kigali, on Thursday experienced a partial solar eclipse with the Moon covering a large portion of the Sun. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for prompt entry into force of nuclear test ban treaty
    30 august 2016 06:34:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior UN officials on Monday in New York called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Pakistani-based company sponsors 10 science scholarships for Africa
    29 august 2016 09:34:34
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) - The Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an NGO, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Pakistani-based company to ensure the sponsoring of 10 scholarships for Mauritius and Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Solar Eclipse visible on 1 September in Mauritius
    25 august 2016 07:39:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - An annular Solar Eclipse, that will be a deep partial solar eclipse, where the sun disc will be eclipsed up to 90 per cent, will be visible in Mauritius on 1 September 2016, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) announced on Thursday in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for eradicating nuclear weapons
    23 august 2016 18:27:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in New York stressed the need to seriously refocus attention on nuclear disarmament, recalling that eliminating weapons of mass destruction was one of the founding principles of the UN and was in fact the subject of the first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly. Full text...

  • Botswana: Korea, Botswana sign technology cooperation agreement
    23 august 2016 11:24:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has signed an agreement with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), as the Hub makes strides to become a regional technology commercialisation centre. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Inactive telephone lines in Nigeria rise to over 2 million - NCC
    22 august 2016 09:05:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says inactive lines in the country’s telecommunications industry have increased from 65,186,763 in May to 67,331,498 in June 2016. Full text...

  • UN: Africa lags behind in global innovation - WIPO
    15 august 2016 19:22:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag behind among global leaders in innovation, according to a new report released on Monday by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Full text...

  • UN: UN rights council condemns govts blocking internet access
    03 july 2016 08:23:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has condemned governments who are in the habit of blocking the Internet access for their citizens. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Global firms show commitment to Africa technology revolution
    09 june 2016 08:29:12
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Global technology firms have demonstrated a deep commitment to work with state officials in Africa to computerise schools and learning centres during a ministerial conference on placing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the heart of education planning, which started in Abidjan Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African policymakers urged to act on internet opportunity
    01 june 2016 13:45:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Internet Society is calling for the adoption of policies and frameworks that expand access and create greater demand for the internet in Africa, according to a statement issued by the society and made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints governing council for Technology Bank for LDCs
    27 may 2016 05:59:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of a major UN conference on priorities for the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of members to a governing council that will provide support towards the operationalization of a proposed Technology Bank for those vulnerable nations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union Commission launches 2016 edition of AU Research Grants
    18 may 2016 18:53:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission on Wednesday launched Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN study finds digital payments save lives, $10 million in Sierra Leone
    18 may 2016 16:21:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails role of IT in sustainable development
    17 may 2016 15:55:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday in New York. Full text...

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