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Time to take responsibility: E-waste - a global crisis
e-Waste is the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream, fueled by consumption rates of equipment, short life cycles, and few options for repair.
University of Auckland takes top spot in sustainability rankings
The university was ranked in the top 25% for each of the Goals with which it engaged.
UN and Hackster.io partner up to take on COVID-19 in developing countries
The COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge calls on engineers to design low-cost and easily deployable software, hardware and services to support the detection and prevention of COVID-19 in some of the world's most vulnerable areas.
NTT declares itself 'business avenger' for UN sustainability goals
The UN Global Goals call for action to end poverty, protect Earth, and encourage peace and prosperity by 2030.
UN telecommunications agency launches global platform to fortify countries' networks
The platform set out by the ITU today aims to assist policy-makers, regulators and telecommunication companies by sharing ‘best practices and initiatives put in place during the COVID-19 crisis'.
Commvault joins Business Avengers for sustainable development
Commvault has officially joined the Business Avengers coalition, which brings together 17 companies focused on contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
UN hails AI's 'quantum leap' in tech
Half of all patents for AI have been published in the last five years – a marked upsurge since the initial boom that started in 2001.
South Island law firm recognised by UN for gender equality
A South Island legal startup that has successfully conquered much of the South Island has been recognised by the United Nations.
Robots and drones could battle disease-spreading bugs
Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs according to a United Nations agency.
United Nations' telco union launches ICT data and report library
"Policy makers, academics, companies and other ICT stakeholders around the globe will greatly benefit from the new ITU iLibrary digital platform."
Australia gets behind the global fight for gender equality
“We hope to accomplish a great deal during our time together to further gender equality and empowerment.”
Only 20% of e-waste is recycled - and this needs to change, says United Nations
“E-waste management is an urgent issue in today’s digitally dependent world, where use of electronic devices is ever increasing."
New data center to improve statistics on forced refugee displacement
Almost 90% of refugees live in the developing world and more than half of those are displaced for more than four years.
Robots in diplomacy: Super-robot sits in on UN meeting
“Technology is here for us to explore and use for the benefit of all...”
Volvo’s ground-breaking EV strategy embraced by the UN
"Volvo is leading the way and we can see now that the automotive industry is waking up to its responsibilities."
Sydney charges ahead as a global FinTech leader, Melbourne not far behind
"Sydney’s recognition as a Global Leader is well deserved and long overdue."
Musk tries to avoid Judgment Day by calling for a ban on killer-robots
“These could be weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations..."
UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week: Will a robot take my job?
"Imagine a world where global trade is possible for even the smallest of small businesses."