Last month in Myanmar groups of excited public high school students travelled to an ICT training center in Nay Pyi Taw to spend a week of their summer holidays learning about word processing and safe internet behavior. Back in October, another group of public high school students in Myanmar waited nervously for the results of….
Last week I was in Paris to attend the third advisory board meeting for UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. Formerly known as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, the GEM Report is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress toward the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)….
Last week the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs arranged a meeting with several members of Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries) to discuss the new EU regulations that apply to conflict minerals and provide a forum for knowledge sharing. I was at the meeting to represent Ericsson, listen to the other participants’ perspectives, and….
While the ICT sector has made some headway in terms of gender equality in the last decade or so, it continues to be male dominated, especially at senior levels. This is a serious problem, as our sector is facing a pressing need for new talent. For example, the European Commission has predicted a skills gap….
Jan Eliasson, the former Deputy Secretary General of the UN, spoke in Stockholm recently about the Sustainable Development agenda, saying that no single entity can tackle global challenges alone, whether it’s a company, government or international organization. He added that the Global Goals help to galvanize collective action, and partnership is the new leadership. I’ve….
December 10 is Human Rights Day – the 67th anniversary of the day that the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard for all peoples and all nations. The Declaration states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. It also set out,….
It’s always strange to approach a location by air that has recently been devastated by a powerful hurricane. From afar, it doesn’t seem like there has been a big impact as the faint outline of buildings, hills and vegetation seem somewhat normal. As you get closer to areas that received a direct impact the first….
Nowhere is the basic human need to communicate more apparent than in a disaster situation. Whether it is to find a lost loved one, or gain access to vital supplies or information, one of the first things we reach for is our mobile phone. Often we communicate via services and news feeds we have come….
On September 14th UN Women launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a unique new alliance of 22 partners from the private sector, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions committed to contributing toward the fulfillment of SDG #5 – achieving gender equality by 2030. More specifically, over the next two years the GICC members have….
The calls for help from those suffering from natural and manmade disasters all around the world are becoming increasingly urgent and desperate. It is now estimated that more than 65 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. While the private sector definitely….