United Nations

Acronym:
UN
Address:
760 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, USA

The United Nations (UN) is an international intergovernmental organisation founded in 1945 with the aims to: maintain international peace and security; develop friendly relations among nations; and achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all. The organisation currently has 193 member states.

Ever since the 2003-2005 phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the UN has become more and more involved in the Internet governance debates. The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society has established the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which has annual meeting, convened by the UN Secretary-General. The follow-up on the implementation of WSIS action lines has been entrusted to specific UN entities and agencies, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In addition, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) has been tasked to follow up on the enhanced cooperation processs.

Various entities in the UN system (organs, programmes, funds, specialised agencies and regional commissions) are active in specific areas of Internet governance:

CSTD | ECA | ECLACECOSOC | ESCAP | ESCWA | FAO | UN General Assembly | ILO | IMF | ITU | ITC | OHCHR | CCPJI | GGE | UNICEF | UNCITRAL | UNCTAD | UN DESA | UNDP | UNECE | UNESCO | UN Women | UNEP | UNGISUN Global Pulse | UNHRC | UNIDO | UNIDIR | UNICRI | UNODA | UNODC | UPU | World Bank | WHO | WIPO | WMO 

 

Events

Resources

GIP event reports

Disruptive technology I: What does artificial intelligence mean for human rights due diligence? (2018)
Data & diplomats: capacity development for diplomats and policy-makers in the data age (2018)
Closing session: Implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data – the way forward (2018)
The Open Algorithms (OPAL) Project: What has been achieved in Senegal and Colombia and how can it scale? (2018)
Relevant to everyone’s sense of “me, here, now”: data literacy as the means towards a social inclusion revolution (2018)
Matchmaking for the data revolution: bringing data producers and users together (2018)
Increasing Trust in Data and Statistics (2018)
Developing Capacities for the 2030 Agenda: Moving towards Implementation (2018)
Opening session: Harnessing the power of data for sustainable development (2018)
Effective Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in a world of data: How to say no and better coordinate technical assistance (2018)
Bringing statistics where opinions and decisions are made (2018)
Big Data for Sustainable Development: what does it take to get to the next level? (2018)
Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: regional experiences to promote youth employment and address inequality (2018)
Reviewing progress in achieving the SDGs (2018)
Better data for sustainable development (2018)
Combining Digital Governance and Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of the 2030 Agenda (2018)
Ireland’s innovative approach to monitoring the SDG indicators through geospatial visualisation (2018)
From up there to down here: Big space data and the SDGs (2018)
Knowledge frameworks to accelerate the 2030 Agenda (2018)
Public innovation and smart regulation for the 2030 Agenda (2018)
It’s in the Numbers – the Power of Partnerships to Measure SDG Progress (2018)
Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals (2018)
More and better financing for development data (2018)
Blockchain for transition towards sustainable and resilient societies (2018)
Thematic review: Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (2018)
ICT enabling the transition towards sustainable and resilient societies (2018)
Leveraging frontier technologies for sustainable development (2018)
Scaling solutions for Goal 12 for smartphones and ICT (2018)
Monitoring peace, evaluating institutions, building capacity: A data-driven conversation on SDG 16 and its upcoming 2019 review (2018)
High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2017)
 

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