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


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


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 crucial to collaborative innovation at UN Global Pulse.


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


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


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


UN Global Pulse manages its innovation projects through portfolios. We have five programmes that provide thematic focus on challenges and opportunities and we review their relevance frequently. This approach keeps our work flexible and responsive to the emerging priorities of the UN and our partners.

Restoring Trust

We mitigate risks of technologies and build trustworthy 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 infrastructure and public goods and services.

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.

Pulse Lab Kampala

Dialogue is the Key- Shaping AI for Africa

At UNGP, we believe in dialogue. This is why we participated in the Conference on the State of Artificial Intelligence in Africa (COSAA) held in March 2023. The conference was

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


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.

Pulse Lab New York

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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