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  • NPT marks first anniversary, but still lacks sufficient numbers to become law - UN chief
    08 july 2018 06:40:18
    New York, US (PANA) - On Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the first anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which he called an “essential pillar” of international peace and security, and the “heart” of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. Full text...

  • Fund for science, technology established in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 june 2018 11:32:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday announced the adoption of a bill governing the organisation and functioning of a Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation (FONSTI), whose aim is to finance research activities. Full text...

  • Science, technology, innovation crucial to ‘transformative impact’ of SDGs, UN forum told
    06 june 2018 03:49:42
    New York, US (PANA) - 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. Full text...

  • UN highlights importance of science and technology
    02 may 2018 06:54:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Science and technology offer part of the solution to climate change, inequality and other global issues, a United Nations official said on Tuesday, spotlighting the enormous potential these fields hold for achieving humanity’s common goal, of a poverty and hunger-free world by 2030. Full text...

  • Make every day a day for girls in ICT, says UN
    27 april 2018 05:43:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - From Switzerland to Somalia girls are creating their own apps; they are programming the robots they build. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to protect data ,internet users' privacy
    23 april 2018 11:05:29
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya government is in the process of putting in place the requisite legislation to protect data and enhance cyber security, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said. Full text...

  • South Africa, France complete satellite project
    17 april 2018 16:08:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology (F’Sati) have teamed up to construct and launch Africa’s biggest and most advanced cube satellite. Full text...

  • Global anxiety deepens over online data and privacy protection – UN agency
    17 april 2018 07:13:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Internet users worldwide are becoming more worried about their privacy online and many question the protections offered by Internet and social media companies, a new United Nations survey has found. Full text...

  • UNESCO rewards 3 for outstanding research in Life Sciences
    29 march 2018 07:41:22
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UNESCO has named three laureates who will receive the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, at its fourth edition of the ceremony in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Friday, 30 March, 2018. Full text...

  • UN chief urges new push to free world from nuclear weapons
    27 february 2018 07:28:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to make a reinvigorated push to rid the world of such weapons. Full text...

  • Trump salutes South African-born billionaire
    08 february 2018 08:55:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – US President Donald Trump has saluted South African-born billionaire Elon Musk, who this week launched the world’s most powerful rocket on a journey to orbit around Mars. And it is carrying one of his US$100 000 Tesla Roadster cars – another world first. Full text...

  • ‘Protect children and their digital footprint,’ urges UNICEF
    07 february 2018 05:44:24
    New York, US (PANA) – Every half a second, every day, a child goes online for the first time – tapping into all the great opportunities the Internet has to offer, but facing grave risks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, calling for urgent action to protect them from sexual exploitation, cyberbullying and the misuse of their private information. Full text...

  • World’s most vulnerable countries on track to achieve universal Internet access by 2020 – Report
    25 january 2018 06:11:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The world’s least developed countries are narrowing ‘digital divide,’ and with millions of people now taking advantage of smart phones and other digital devices, keeping up this momentum can put their societies on the fast track to sustainable development, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kigali to host first East African centre of excellence in astrophysics
    18 january 2018 10:31:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The East Africa Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR), a new regional centre of excellence, will be established in Kigali by May this year with the main mission to promote the astrophysics research programme in the region and Africa, an official source said on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • South African billionaire launches new rocket
    09 january 2018 12:41:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African billionaire, Elon Musk, has launched his latest rocket into space under the code name, Zuma. Full text...

  • UN chief highlights need for Internet governance to support innovation
    19 december 2017 06:44:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Adequate governance is critical to realising the vast promise of the Internet for a better world for all, Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual United Nations forum on Internet governance on Monday. Full text...

  • UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children
    11 december 2017 07:13:27
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released on Monday. Full text...

  • China tops patent, trademark and design filings in 2016
    06 december 2017 22:31:49
    New York, USA (PANA) – Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record highs in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total of applications received by the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office, the United Nations intellectual property agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’
    06 december 2017 22:12:20
    Paris, France (PANA) – The United Nations on Wednesday designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks. Full text...

  • UNESCO - MERCK Africa Research Summit (MARS) opens in Mauritius
    29 november 2017 07:26:34
    Ebène , Mauritius (PANA) - The third edition of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) - MERCK Africa Research Summit (MARS) opened on Tuesday at Ebène, in the centre of the island. Full text...

  • AU completes installation of internet exchange connection in 33 countries
    22 november 2017 12:05:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AU) has completed the landmark rollout of an internet exchange in 33 African countries, helping carriers of internet traffic to save US$65 million annually payable to European and American data carriers to connect internet users, an AU expert has said. Full text...

  • All countries should benefit from fast-moving ICT revolution, urges UN agency
    15 november 2017 22:27:23
    New York, USA (PANA) – Revolutionary advances in technology have the potential to “fundamentally transform” billions of lives, but the threat that many people – especially in the world’s poorer countries – could be left out continues to loom large, a new United Nations report warns. Full text...

  • 'Science and technology can help tackle key sustainable development challenges'
    10 november 2017 20:06:51
    Paris, France (PANA) – Integrated science is essential to strengthen water management, sustainably use the oceans and tackle climate change, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Science Day for Peace and Development. Full text...

  • Germany set to assist Congo in scientific research
    03 november 2017 11:33:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The German ambassador in Congo, Klaus Peto Schick, said on Thursday that his country is willing to back scientific research in Congo. Full text...

  • US: Robot Sophia joins UN meeting on artificial intelligence, sustainable dev't
    11 october 2017 22:44:25
    New York, US (PANA) – Artificial intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress on global development goals, but also poses a range of complex challenges, including ethical questions, human rights issues and security risks, speakers told a United Nations event today that featured a robot as one of the panellists. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU gives final go-ahead for free WiFi4EU Internet hotspots
    09 october 2017 11:25:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) will sponsor free wireless internet access points in town halls, libraries, parks and other public places under a new scheme called WiFi4EU, which the European Council adopted on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN aspires to create ‘space’ for women in science and technology
    05 october 2017 06:40:08
    New York, US (PANA) – A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women’s involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off on Wednesday under the leadership of two United Nations offices. Full text...

  • UK: Mobile broadband boosts economy, report reveals
    04 october 2017 09:52:43
    London, UK (PANA) - In a report conducted in collaboration with the Imperial College of London, Ericsson Research has confirmed that when a country adopts mobile broadband, the result is solid overall economic development. Full text...

  • US: 'UN chief calls for world completely free from use of nuclear weapons
    27 september 2017 06:08:35
    New York, US (PANA) – The only world that is safe from the use of nuclear weapons is a world that is completely free of them, Secretary-General António Guterres said today as the United Nations marked the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Africa has new Internet address and her own domain name
    07 september 2017 19:23:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - More than 8,000 of the continent's leading brands and companies, as well as individuals, have already registered to obtain the new Internet address or domain name with .africa extension, a statement said on Thursday to PANA. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Mauritian company to improve submarine cables for Africa, Asia
    06 september 2017 20:58:59
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - IOX Câble, a company incorporated under Mauritius law, on Wednesday announced the expansion of its network to include La Réunion in its project of a new state-of-the-art submarine cables. Full text...

  • US: UN Secretary-General condemns DPRK's underground nuclear test
    04 september 2017 05:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Sunday's underground nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as “yet another serious breach of the country's international obligations”. Full text...

  • Austria: UN atomic chief says DPR Korea's new nuclear test 'extremely regrettable act'
    03 september 2017 14:47:45
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Following Sunday's reported nuclear bomb test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the head of the United Nations atomic agency has spoken against “an extremely regrettable act” that completely disregarded the international community's repeated demands. Full text...

  • US: Guterres urges all countries to join legally-binding treaty against nuclear tests
    29 august 2017 20:01:33
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all countries to sign and ratify a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: IT experts, policymakers discuss Internet infrastructure challenges in Africa
    22 august 2017 11:55:31
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The 8th African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) opened on Tuesday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing together governments, policy makers, technical experts and business leaders to discuss African Internet infrastructure challenges. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Mobile broadband subscriptions to hit 4.3 billion in 2017 – UN report
    01 august 2017 05:54:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency. Full text...

  • US: WB unveils new open source tool a “breakthrough” in electrification planning
    20 july 2017 19:39:52
    Washington, D.C.,US (PANA) – Governments and others planning how to reach more households with electricity have a powerful, new open source tool that estimates the optimal way to do so, now available on the recently launched ENERGYDATA.INFO. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN chiefs herald ICTs as critical to achievement of SDGs
    13 july 2017 18:57:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - 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. Full text...

  • US: UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons
    07 july 2017 20:21:47
    New York, US (PANA) – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York on Friday adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. Full text...

  • US: UN Member States set to adopt ‘historic’ treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons
    07 july 2017 02:14:39
    New York, US (PANA) – In what is set to be a “historic” moment at the United Nations, Member States will adopt on Friday a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Half of all countries lack national plan on cybersecurity - UN agency
    05 july 2017 19:19:14
    Switzerland, US (PANA) – Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency on Thursday reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime. Full text...

  • Austria: Women scientists, youth take centre stage at UN-backed technology forum
    01 july 2017 11:40:33
    Vienna Austria (PANA) – As an international conference on science and technology wrapped up in Vienna, the head of a United Nations partner organization that works to end nuclear testing stressed that women have a "powerful voice" in the global scientific community. Full text...

  • US: UN marks first International Asteroid Day
    30 june 2017 19:44:47
    New York, US (PANA) – A top United Nations official on Friday urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact. Full text...

  • Austria: Young people raise their voices for world free of nuclear weapons
    30 june 2017 05:08:50
    Vienna, Austria (PAAN) – Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Full text...

  • US: 'International cooperation key to keep WMDs away from terrorists'
    29 june 2017 05:55:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations disarmament chief on Wednesday called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons. Full text...

  • US: UN welcomes partnership initiative with tech giants to counter terrorism online
    28 june 2017 05:31:58
    New York, UN (PANA) - A senior United Nations official has called for sustained joint efforts to combat terrorism and welcomed a partnership initiative with tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter terrorism and violent extremism online. Full text...

  • Austria: Scientists to discuss monitoring, verification under UN nuclear test-ban treaty
    27 june 2017 06:46:52
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Scientists and technical experts from all over the world are gathering this week in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting convened by the United Nations partner organization working to establish a verification regime to monitor global compliance with the comprehensive ban on nuclear testing. Full text...

  • 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...

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