AP: World leaders won’t gather at UN for first time in 75 years

AP: World leaders won’t gather at UN for first time in 75 years. “The president of the U.N. General Assembly said Monday that world leaders will not be coming to New York for their annual gathering in late September for the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Verge: The World Health Organization has joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation

The Verge: The World Health Organization has joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation. “The World Health Organization launched a TikTok account on Friday as part of its efforts to cut through coronavirus misinformation online. A specialized public health agency of the United Nations, WHO is one of the leading organizations working to contain the spread of the virus.”

UN Environment Programme: World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum

UN Environment Programme: World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum. “The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities.”

Associated Press: Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack

Associated Press: Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack. “Sophisticated hackers infiltrated U.N. networks in Geneva and Vienna last year in an apparent espionage operation that top officials at the world body kept largely quiet. The hackers’ identity and the extent of the data they obtained are not known.”

United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll

United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll. “Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to ‘substantially exceed’ last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”

United Nations: UN spotlights digitization of audiovisual archives to preserve human history on World Day

United Nations News: UN spotlights digitization of audiovisual archives to preserve human history on World Day. “UNESCO in 2015 launched a fundraising project to create digital surrogates of the Organisation’s archives dating back to its predecessors, including the League of Nations’ International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation…. A wealth of 5,000 photos, 8,000 hours of sound recordings, 45 hours of film, and 560,000 pages of governing body documents capture oceanography, space exploration, human rights communications, and traces of intellectual figures such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Masaharu Anesaki and more.”

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”

FAO UN: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

FAO UN: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought. “Today FAO launched a revamped version of WaPOR, an open-access database tapping near real time satellite data to monitor land and water productivity in Africa and the Near East. Data from WaPOR, initially launched in 2017, helps policy makers and farmers to make informed decisions to be better prepared for drought and increase agricultural production with less water use.”

CNET: The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

CNET: The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030. “At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration will help connect every adult to a ‘digital network’ by 2030.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA political scientist is analyzing the UN’s Twitter feed to improve diplomatic relations

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA political scientist is analyzing the UN’s Twitter feed to improve diplomatic relations. “Through research by a political scientist at UTSA, there is potential to see diplomacy between nations improve through the use of Twitter. UTSA researcher, Matthias Hofferberth, is exploring how the United Nations (UN) uses Twitter as a diplomacy tool, an approach that has been discussed as Twiplomacy.”

UN Environment: New ‘hotspots’ tool pinpoints unsustainable consumption and production

UN Environment: New ‘hotspots’ tool pinpoints unsustainable consumption and production. “UN Environment launched in March 2019 a new tool that allows countries to see ‘hotspots’ of unsustainable practices in consumption and production. The tool, known as the Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspots Analysis Tool, is an online application that analyses the environmental and socio-economic performance of 171 countries over the past 25 years to provide scientific evidence of areas where improvement can be made.”

United Nations University: Version 4 of World Income Inequality Database Now Available

United Nations University: Version 4 of World Income Inequality Database Now Available. “The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database (WIID) presents information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. It represents the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. The fourth major edition of this database — WIID4 — was released in December 2018.”

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities. “The first database of its kind, UN-Habitat’s Global Municipal Database (GMD) offers a standard set of indicators and local-level, per capita budget data for over 100 cities. The database, launched in September 2018, aims to highlight the importance of local financial data to policy- and decision-making.”

Vox: The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine

Vox: The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine. “At this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Red Cross teamed up with tech giants Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to announce an unlikely new tool to stop famine before it starts: artificial intelligence.”