Here you will find stories and information featuring data sources and insights, data tools by international organizations, and data-driven reporting.

International statistics to manage policy and risk

From statistics on ESG investing to the SDGs, the U.N. and numerous other international organizations offer a wide range of data sets and services.

Voting rights in international organizations

Proportion of voting rights in international organizations, with only small changes over time to reflect agreement on suspension and negotiated changes.

Share of parties to global environmental treaties

Share of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste and other chemicals that meet their reporting commitments.

Proportion of developing countries in organizations

Share of members of international organizations defined as developing countries.

WHO dramatically raises coronavirus death figures

There have been almost 15 million deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic — more than twice the official death toll — according to new estimates.

UNDP warns of poverty risk in Ukraine

If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes a long drawn-out war it would erase almost two decades of prosperty-building, according to UNDP data estimates.

U.N. inspectors find promise, hype with blockchain

Ten U.N. agencies use blockchain and most others plan to despite environmental issues, data privacy and cyber risks, and potential illegal misuses.

Women ‘excluded’ from COVID-19 task forces

Government efforts to fight the pandemic include just one woman for every three men on average, according to UNDP, which urged more gender equality.

Resuscitating the League of Nations’ legacy

Ten million pages scanned, five million more to go. The project to digitize the former League of Nations’ entire archives by 2022 has hit the two-thirds mark.

Report shows hack of U.N. offices last year

The U.N. human rights office acknowledged it suffered a sophisticated cyber attack last year, but said all of its sensitive and confidential data were safe.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

U.N. investigators urged an inquiry into the Saudi crown prince’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

ITU deal on 5G worries weather experts

Negotiators announced a deal on new radio frequency standards for 5G technology, despite worries it may negatively impact climate and weather forecasting.

U.N. group sees risk to underwater cables

When an underwater cable severed, Tonga lost internet access for nearly two weeks, an incident that illustrates some of the risks a U.N. group is examining.

Leaders urge global oversight of tech sector

The tech sector came under pressure for more regulation with the Japanese prime minister’s promise to lead creation of a new system for data oversight.

Human rights applied to machine learning

International organizations want governments and tech companies to adopt a human rights declaration for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

UNDP joins test of AI for poverty reduction

Artificial intelligence will be examined as a potential tool of sustainable development by international organizations, tech giants and academics.

Behind scenes 5G edges closer to reality

As telecoms hurtle down a racecourse towards 5-G wireless technology, U.N. technical experts function as race directors working behind the starting gates.

Blockchain on a path towards mainstream

A decade after its invention, blockchain technology is inspiring the launch of new international organizations and potential new uses.