Innovation Library

Explore our living library of innovation-related webinars and publications developed and hosted by UNIN and UN Entities.

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October 17, 2023
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Responsible Technology Playbook - Tools for the United Nations

Technology has become increasingly pervasive. Only recently, have we begun to better understand the potential negative impacts they have on our daily lives. A Responsible Tech approach to technology adoption and development is essential to our commitment to UN ideals, including human rights, peace, equality, and sustainability.
SDG 09: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
October 5, 2023
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Large Language Models: ChatGPT, Bard, 悟道

This talk explains some technical aspects of Generative AI Large Language Models such as ChatGPT to a non-technical audience.
All
October 3, 2023
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Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows: Harnessing Safe Data Sharing for Global and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence

This policy brief discusses the significance of inclusive crossborder data flows. It also proposes an all-encompassing strategy to promote global cooperation to synergize global conversations on cross-border data flows and AI.
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September 22, 2023
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Generative AI for Humanitarians

The paper is for humanitarians who would like to gain an understanding about Gen AI or insights on trending strategies for mainstreaming these tools within their organization
Humanitarian Action
September 22, 2023
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Why Generative Methods Are Still Missing Something to Become Responsible

This talk comments on Responsible AI in a multi-dimensional approach and delves into the complexities surrounding the apparent oversight of the human factor in these impressive adaptive algorithms.
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September 17, 2023
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SDG Digital Acceleration Agenda

The SDG Digital Acceleration Agenda explores the transformative potential of digital and highlights how it is already positively impacting lives and livelihoods around the world.
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September 16, 2023
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Breaking the Scale Barrier: From SDG Innovation to SDG Achievement

The event shines a light on lessons learnt from moving from a global portfolio of experiments to scaling successful innovations system-wide.
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September 15, 2023
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Gender, Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence

SDG 05: Gender Equality
September 15, 2023
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Behavior Change in Solid Waste Management: A Compendium of Cases

This compendium is designed to help decision-makers investigate, understand, and respond to waste management challenges through interventions considering a behavioral science lens.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
SDG 13: Climate Action
September 13, 2023
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Scaling with Confidence: Effective M&E in Guiding Decisions for Scaling Innovations

The webinar explored various methodologies and best practices for evaluating innovations, and advice on how to utilise evidence strategically to facilitate their journey towards scale.
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September 7, 2023
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Scaling The Summit: A Primer on how to Scale Innovations for Impact for the UN System

The Primer presents key questions alongside additional resources that can guide the evaluation of whether an innovation has the required support for scale, and can also serve as a framework for checking the readiness or ability of an innovation to be taken to the next level.
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September 6, 2023
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UN 2.0 Policy Brief

The Brief outlines the SG's vision for a modernised UN system with cutting-edge skills and forward-thinking culture.
All
September 5, 2023
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Green Data Centers: Towards a Sustainable Digital Transformation - A Practitioner's Guide

The guide covers six critical dimensions that practitioners can consider to green their data centers.
SDG 09: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
SDG 13: Climate Action
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
September 5, 2023
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Technology in Education: A Tool on whose Terms? (2023 Global Education Monitoring Report)

SDG 04: Quality Education
September 4, 2023
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Guidance for Generative AI in Education and Research

This Guidance aims to address the disruptions caused by Generative AI technologies in education and research.
SDG 04: Quality Education
September 1, 2023
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IP Basics for Content Creators

Tune in to understand why intellectual property is relevant to content creators on X, Instagram post or YouTube video.
All
September 1, 2023
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The Use of Synthetic Data to Train AI Models: Opportunities and Risks for Sustainable Development

The objective of this policy brief is to explore the potential of synthetic data to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs through AI in the Global South while mitigating its important risks.
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September 1, 2023
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The Use of Synthetic Data to Train AI Models: Opportunities and Risks for Sustainable Development

The objective of this policy brief is to explore the potential of synthetic data to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs through AI in the Global South while mitigating its important risks.
All
August 29, 2023
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Generative AI Primer

The primer explores contrasting views on the potential benefits of generative AI.
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August 29, 2023
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On the Unsustainability of ChatGPT: Impact of Large Language Models on the Sustainable Development Goals

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August 24, 2023
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Generative AI and Jobs: A Global Analysis of Potential Effects on Job Quantity and Quality

The report assesses the impact of generative artificial intelligence on job quantity and quality.
SDG 08: Decent Work & Economic Growth
August 24, 2023
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Finance, Connect, & Reimagine Data to Save Lives

Annual Report of Craf'd
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Humanitarian Action
August 23, 2023
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Lessons in Scaling: UNDP's Role in Digitalizing Informal Market Vendors in Uganda

The story illustrates why, when and how UNDP is (or isn’t) well-suited to help social innovations scale, and what constraints can emerge when working with the private sector to do so.
SDG 08: Decent Work & Economic Growth
August 21, 2023
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Accelerating The SDGs Through Digital Public Infrastructure: A Compendium of The Potential of Digital Public Infrastructure

This compendium is designed to inform the efforts towards accelerating SDGs through DPI.
All
August 21, 2023
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The Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) Approach: A Playbook

This DPI playbook is designed as a practical resource that low and middle-income countries in particular can utilize in building an inclusive and rights-based DPI
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SDG 09: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

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