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  • 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...

  • 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...

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