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INNOVATING TOGETHER FOR OUR COMMON FUTURE

UN Global Pulse is the Secretary-General’s Innovation Lab — a hub for experimentation to support and advance the UN Charter.

Vision

UN Global Pulse envisions a world where responsible, inclusive digital innovation advances sustainable development and protects the planet.

Mission

UN Global Pulse is the place where digital innovation and the human sciences meet. The team works to make the UN and those we serve better at anticipating, responding and adapting to challenges.

To achieve this, UN Global Pulse draws on a range of approaches and tools, including data science, strategic foresight, behavioural science and digital technologies. It brings together multidisciplinary teams of engineers, designers and social scientists as well as communications, data privacy and legal experts, to support a more dynamic and relevant “next-generation” United Nations.

What we do

UN Global Pulse brings together governments, UN entities, and partners from academia and the private sector to design, co-create, and scale innovations. Strategic partnerships at global, regional, and country level are a key component for joint innovation at UN Global Pulse.

Imagine

Think outside the box on challenges and strengthen the UN’s ability to apply strategic foresight in its programming.

Build

Collaborate to find solutions that contribute to sustainable development goals as well as other emerging needs, such as crisis prevention and response.

Mobilise

Function as a go-to convener for coalitions, bringing the public and private sectors together to catalyze and scale innovation.

Programmes

UN Global Pulse manages its innovation projects through a portfolio-based approach. It is centered around five programmes that provide thematic focus on challenges and opportunities, while we review the relevance of our programmes frequently. This approach enables our work to stay flexible and responsive to the emerging priorities of the UN and our partners.

Restoring Trust

We mitigate risks of technologies and build trust-worthy digital ecosystems.

Digital Inclusion

We contribute to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of digital transformation.

A Fair Digital Commons

We seed and grow new digital infrastructures and public goods.

Crisis Prevention and Response

We run crisis anticipation experiments and provide support for proactive crisis response.

UN Transformation

We contribute to the transformation of the United Nations system and support the Secretary General’s Quintet of Change.

News, thoughts and ideas about strategic foresight, big data and AI, data privacy and ethics from across the UN Global Pulse Network. Read more on the blog.

Explore our white papers, data innovation guides, project briefs and other types of publications. See more in the library.

Goals

Digital Innovations

Advance digital innovations to achieve the SDGs, respond effectively to crises and address emerging global challenges.

Global Frameworks

Facilitate the development of global frameworks to maximize the impact of digital innovation, minimize the risk of harm and create pathways to scale and sustainability.

UN Transformation

Support the transformation of the UN family into a more dynamic and resilient ‘next-generation’ institution.

Below you can find our newest digital tools, prototypes and microsites. For more, go to the microsites & tools page.

Below you can find our latest examples of our collaborative research, prototypes and experiments, where we analyse digital data to advance global development, support humanitarian action, and promote peace. For more, go to the research projects page.

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UN Open GIS Initiative: Geo-AI Working Group

UN Global Pulse has joined the UN Open GIS Initiative as co-chair of a newly formed Geo-AI Working Group alongside the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). UN Open GIS is

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