ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 3: The 'Ministerial Segment' meeting held within the 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall in Istanbul, Turkey on December 3, 2018. ( Erhan Elald? - Anadolu Agency )

UNWTO – New ICC Partner Organization

​ICC is pleased to share that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is now an ICC Partner Organization, with Headquarters in Madrid. ICC worked with UNWTO previously as a User entity.

UNWTO is the United Nations Agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide. See website here.

ICC Business Roundtable on Robotic Process Automation with Clients in New York

ICC hosted a business roundtable on Robotic Process Automation (or RPA) on Wednesday 26 June for Clients and Partner Organizations primarily located in New York. The value of the new business roundtable is to provide face-to-face sessions where Clients can shake hands and get questions answered in person, providing value in streamlining and personalizing business relationship management.

RPA, of course, is an emerging form of business-process-automation technology based on the notion of software robots, chat bots and/or artificial intelligence (AI) workers. RPA is especially relevant to automating processes with a high level of repetition or regularity, saving hundreds of man- or woman-hours for basic process interventions.

Anish Sethi, Prado Nieto and Venkat Venkateswaran took leading roles in providing updates and information. There were 30 people, from UNFPA, UNDP, UN Secretariat, UN Women, OIM (IMD), and including ICC’s partner UiPath, with several colleagues led by Arjun Iyer, V.P. Partner Management America at UiPath.

Anish introduced the session by reminding participants that the Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) services and new partnerships are in alignment with the UN Secretary-General’s Strategy on New Technologies, defining how the United Nations system will support the use of technology to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

ICC RPA Services Benefits

  • ICC will create value by providing the ‘best-of-breed’ and ‘absolute fit-for-purpose’ RPA solutions in order to create value cross the UN family
  • With strategic long-term partnerships directly with world-leading platform vendors like UiPath, Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere etc., ICC will ensure overall Quality Assurance and Advisory right throughout the RPA journey
  • Working closely with acknowledged and excellent implementation RPA specialists, ICC will manage the entire program delivery, and be the single point of contact accountable for the highest quality of delivery and support.

ICC in partnership with UiPath (and several other vendors) envision a set of Centers of Excellence that allow for flexibility in hosting and managing RPA interventions through ICC. ICC, Clients and UIPath shared use cases and demos illustrating the value and particular contexts for RPA use in the UN system.

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • ICC’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Services
  • Partnership Showcase (UiPath)
  • Q&A, Next Steps.
ICC will be eager to continue to share these new approaches and directions with Clients worldwide.
For more information, contact business@unicc.org.

Enlarging the Circle of Trust – Common Secure Conference in Valencia 12-13 June 2019

​This year’s Common Secure conference (part of ICC’s Common Secure Threat Intel Network services arrangements) was held in Valencia, Spain this year at ICC’s Centre of Excellence in Valencia. ICC inaugurated its Common Secure Operations Centre here in Valencia at the last Management Committee meeting in March of this year, with five Clients by now: UN Women, UNESCO, OCHA, PAHO, WFP and ICC as well. The conference was deemed a success by participating Clients and Partner Organizations. Half of the Common Secure membership participated in person with another half a dozen (plus others from participating Agency units) joining remotely.

With the goal to bring partners together to increase the circle of trust, share information on cyber practices and provide feedback on services suites, the two-day workshop blended vendor and regional stakeholder sessions with feedback, presentations and input from participating Agencies. Tima Soni, Head, Information Security Services, noted that cyber criminals are collaborating more and more and that cyber security professionals need to step up on sharing intelligence and information to keep pace with cyber criminals. Common Secure members here can envision a UN family to collect and share information to keep our Agencies secure and aware.

Member Agencies including IFAD, PAHO, WFP, IMD, UNDP , OSCE, UNESCO, while ADB, IOM, WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, IAEA  joined remotely – in addition to participation and presentations from the Computer Emergency Response Teams from the Spanish government and the city of Valencia.

Day One featured sessions from vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, Cynet, Qintel and the Spanish CERT, followed by a tour of the Valencia CERT, who, interestingly, are very involved in awareness sessions with the citizens, including middle schools! Day Two had an Internal focus with sessions by UNDP, PAHO and IFAD jointly, UNICEF, WFP and ICC.

Agenda

Day One

  • Welcome note – Sameer Chauhan, Director, UNICC
  • Cyber threats and trends impacting the UN – Domenico Raguseo, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Security, Italy, SPGI and CEE
  • Using Microsoft 365 and Azure to defend against common cloud cyberattack patterns, Steve Faehl, National Director Security Strategy, Microsoft
  • The evolution of attacks: Automation – Luca Martinis, Security Engineer, Cynet.com
  • Threat Intel for Risk Reduction: Building an Effective Threat Intelligence Program – Thomas X. Grasso, Chief Global Strategy Officer, Qintel
  • Inside the Hacker Playbook: How they make breaches look so easy – Matt Ziemniak, Chief Research Officer, Qintel
  • CCN-CERT tools and procedures for incident handling and threat hunting – Ramón Saez, CCN- CERT (Spanish CERT)
  • Visit CSIRT – Valencia city SOC – all participants invited

Day Two

  • Evolving threat hunting and autonomous cyber response – Steve Faehl, National Director Security Strategy, Microsoft
  • Building Global Incident Response and Threat Hunting Platform with Open Source – Alexey Kuzmenko, Cyber Security Specialist, UNDP
  • Panel discussion on threat intelligence driven security operations – Aldo Gomera Cruz, Information Security Officer, PAHO and Guillaume Farret, Operational IT Security & Resiliency, IFAD
  • Maturing Cyber Operations Through Threat Intelligence – Katherine Gagnon, Chief Information Security Officer, WFP
  • Intelligence Driven Security Operations leveraging MITRE ATT&CK framework – Bojan Simetic, Information Security Specialist, UNICC
  • Business driven SOC -Jorge Torres, Chief Information Security Officer & Geoffrey Okao, Chief Platform and Service Delivery UNICEF
  • Common Secure Service Review and closing session – Tima Soni, Head, Information Security Services, UNICC.

These services are more in demand across the UN system than ever before. Technology, too, is evolving at an ever-more rapid pace and is unlikely to slow down. We at ICC – and our information security team – are ready to meet that challenge.

ICC has done a lot of work in the last three years to build a strong information security program. Starting with governance, risk and CISO support services for a handful of Agencies and a handful of staff, we have grown to thirty partners strong and over fifteen information security experts in all of our locations, offering the Common Secure Threat Intel Network now with Clients, SOC and SIEM services, phishing, vulnerability management, awareness, pen testing, incident response, network and infrastructure security and now a PKI service.

In addition, the team has been proactive as thought leaders, delivering keynotes, training sessions, taking on CISO roles and organizing mission-driven cyber security events and workshops. We have developed our partnership with Microsoft with a focus on security. We’ve also built partnerships with FIRST, CIS, CSA and SWIFT.

In attending the UN Information Security Special Interest Group over the past few years there has been recognition and a growing trust in what ICC has been up to. We won a CSO50 Award in 2017 for the very services we were then beginning to deliver. Four of our staff participated in the drafting of the UN Principles on Data Privacy last year. Our Management Committee funded two R+D projects that have become services – the CSOC and the PKI initiative, with good feedback from many of you – and it is just about to go live.

Participants took something away from sessions like Using Microsoft 365 and Azure to Defend against Cloud Cyberattacks, Threat Intel for Risk Reduction, learning from panel discussions on threat intelligence-driven security operations and participate in our service review with your own valuable input for making our services stronger. For as the very idea of Common Secure implies, it’s by sharing our intelligence and ideas that we build a strong network of security-aware partners.

While the focus of this conference has been speaking about and listening to topics around information security with peers and partners, good feedback and input was shared to help us build an even stronger program.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) – New ICC Partner

​ICC is pleased to inform you that the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with Headquarters in Geneva, has now formally been accepted as an ICC Partner Organization.

IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people. The IOM Constitution gives explicit recognition to the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement of persons.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. Cross-cutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

IOM’s Business Relationship Manager (CAM) is Dharam Paluru.

UNDP Refreshes Its Atlas ERP Managed Services with ICC for Another Six Years

UNDP’s commitment to ICC’s on-premises hosted and managed ERP service attests to the quality of service and technological viability of this hosted ERP solution today.

UNDP has hosted its Oracle PeopleSoft Atlas ERP at ICC for a decade and has just renewed its managed service with ICC. UNDP, UN Women, UN Volunteers, UNCDF, UNITAR, UN System Staff College, United Nations University and UNFPA all take advantage of this service, including more than 30,000 users in HQ and country offices around the world.

UNDP is bound to maximise its return on investment in ERP systems and support, by working with a trusted partner who provides value for money, efficiency, expertise at every step of the way. We are pleased to renew our decade-long relationship with ICC and look forward to continuing to optimise the system with new technology and the most trusted service support.

Paul Raines, OIC, CTO, Office of Information Management and Technology, UNDP

Atlas ensures strengthened usability, data control and harmonization, improved finance, procurement, human resources, and travel, public cloud readiness, and extended functions in reporting, external access, and project management. Towards the end of its last five-year contract with ICC, UNDP went through a business and technical assessment and cost-benefit analysis on remaining with ICC or moving in a new direction. UNDP considered several options – and, like many other Agencies, they considered a journey to the public cloud.

ICC to maintain high business value for UNDP’s Atlas, a unified solution:
• Improved business insight
• Lower operational costs
• Enhanced collaboration
• High performance rate
• Improved efficiency
• Consistent infrastructure
• High user-adoption rates
• Reduced risk
• Lower management and operational costs.

Background

UNDP set out in the early aughts (2002-2003) to build and maintain a global ERP system, replacing hundreds of local and regional systems that managed HR, finance and accounting, procurement and other key core business activities into a single and integrated system with high-quality data visibility.

With an integrated technology platform, UNDP achieved accountability and transparency of its core business processes. By 2009, UNDP had migrated their ERP – the largest and most complex ERP in the UN system – from IBM to ICC with a cost-effective and flexible infrastructure capable of sustaining and growing UNDP and Partner Agency business needs.

The new environment at ICC supported data and business-process volume increases, consolidating all Atlas applications at a single data centre, with adequate capacity to address the needs of a growing Atlas user base.  Five years out, Atlas went through a hardware refresh (and renewal of the contract), including server virtualization, performance optimisation and other enhancements in a greening data centre.

UNDP’s ERP Landscape Today

Towards the end of its last five-year contract with ICC, UNDP went through a business and technical assessment and cost-benefit analysis on remaining with ICC or moving in a new direction. UNDP considered several options – and, like many other Agencies, they considered a journey to the public cloud.

With a highly complex infrastructure and detailed business processed, requirements for data privacy, a highly multifaceted ERP platform and database, a (low) maturity level for public cloud ERP solutions and a high level of trust in ICC, UNDP chose to renew its contract for another six years, with a migration and hardware refresh to introduce the newest of Oracle’s technology.

Refresh and Migration of Hardware infrastructure

Key to the new services and support is to refresh the hardware infrastructure using the new Oracle Exadata platform. This platform achieves higher performance and availability at lower costs by moving database algorithms and intelligence into storage and networking, bypassing traditional processing layers. Exadata also increases staff productivity, improves resource utilization for database workloads and reduces downtime by up to 94 percent.
The new agreement between UNDP and ICC is for the migration, hardware refresh, managed hosting and service management. This includes environmental control and monitoring, physical security, hardware provisioning and refresh, managed storage and backup services, installation, configuration, maintenance and support of hosted equipment and operating system.

It also allows for 24/7 service monitoring with provision of server tools for monitoring, security and anti-virus, application of system patches, service packs, hot-fixes for operating systems and standard monitoring/security software, event and log-file management.

In addition this includes performance base lining and availability monitoring, anti-virus updates and monitoring, backup monitoring, 24/7 incident support and network access to services hosted in ICC-managed facilities.

UNDP Atlas ERP infrastructure schematic

ICC will provision, install, configure and test the infrastructure – servers and storage. ICC will also configure and test interactions with existing networks and firewalls. ICC will migrate all Atlas applications to the new infrastructure in a phased approach (first the non-production databases, non-production web/app tiers, then the DR databases and DR web/app tiers and finally the Production databases and Production web/app tiers.

This upgrade will reinforce the security of the platform with data-at-rest encryption.

Indeed, since last September, UNDP has ask to buy a security pack called Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). Below the description as provided by Oracle:Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) stops would-be attackers from bypassing the database and reading sensitive information directly from storage by enforcing data-at-rest encryption in the database layer.

UNDP’s commitment to ICC’s on-premises hosted and managed ERP service attests to the quality of service and technological viability of this hosted ERP solution today. Despite the many options that an organization has today across public and private sectors – on premise, hybrid or public cloud – ICC’s platform and services remain UNDP’s solution of choice – and ICC the trusted service provider they count on.

Celebrating Girls and Women in ICT: Expanding Horizons, Changing Attitudes

Girls (and a few boys) and young women meet Women Technologists and thought leaders for inspiration and empowerment with group activities and discussion on Women in ICT themes.

  • 25 April 2019
  • 2:00p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island
  • Tata Innovation Building Room 131
  • 11 E Loop Rd, New York, NY 10044

ICC, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WITNY) sponsored an International ICT4 Girls Day at the new SMART campus of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, working together with the NYC Mayor’s Office and UNICEF.

The goal was to provide middle school girls (and a few boys) and young women from the City University of New York with an opportunity to meet women technologists and thought leaders for inspiration and empowerment with group activities and discussion on Women in ICT themes.

The event featured introductions from the 20 Women in Tech, followed by a design-thinking workshop where 60 women, young women and middle school students worked in groups to prototype ideas on how to help a set of particular girls from developing nations to find access and progress towards meeting their personal and professional goals using technology.

Maria Ann Dikun, Assistant Director of Programs, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WITNY), opened the session on the beautiful new Cornell Tech campus with cherry trees in full bloom, the UN Secretariat on one side of Roosevelt Island and the Queensboro Bridge looming in the background on the other, a symbol of bridging the divides across gender and technology.

Winne Chang, Senior Designer, Office of Innovation at UNICEF served as moderator, with Lee Kim, Director, Global Commercial Operations at Pfizer, Inc., as Design Thinking Facilitator running with workshop. They stressed the value of suspending judgement, encouraging all (wild) ideas, listening to others and working as teams.

Professional women came from all walks of life across industries and organizations in New York and Washington, D.C.: full-stack developers, innovators, business analysts, operations managers, data scientists, cyber security experts, public policy directors, directors, founders, ICT associates, and technical solution specialists joined from Verizon Media, Facebook, Microsoft, UNICEF, UN Women, ICC, ITU, Ferraro chocolates, Wikimedia’s AFROCROWD, Telstra, ProMujer, GSMA, the United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, Brooklyn College City University of New York, Barclays, Black Girls Code, KPMG, Alpha’a and Morgan Stanley.

Maria Jose Ravalli, Head of Youth Engagement Division of Communication, UNICEF introduced the Women in Tech, who spoke about things they love about STEAM, data, math, art, creativity, tech and serving others. They also offered heart-wrenching stories about personal challenges and some words of advice to support and encourage more girls of all backgrounds to study ICT.

College students came from Baruch College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Brooklyn College, City College of New York, Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hunter College, City College of New York, La Guardia Community College, Queens College and City College. Students – many New York City Junior Ambassadors, came from the Icahn Charter School IV and Mott Hall Charter School in the Bronx as well as Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy in Brooklyn.

The excitement and passion in the room was palpable as peer groups discussed projects and got to know each other. They learned, through play, visualization and story-telling a little bit about agile development, design thinking and a human-centrist approach to design and delivery… as well as about each other.

Workshop results included solar-powered houses and iPads, a free mobile library app, a robot Siri, a solar-powered 3D printer, a matchmaker app for girls and inspiring role models, drones to deliver Wi-Fi hot-spots and a wonder map to help you find your way in life. Students at both levels had the opportunity to speak in public about their projects. But more than that it was an affirmative experience to champion opportunities for women to expand their horizons, build confidence and friendships and work on changing attitudes across the globe.

Ursula Wynhoven of ITU and Bill Allen at ICC closed out the afternoon with a group photo and an ice cream social.

See the YouTube video.

International Plant Protection ePhyto Hub at ITU’s WSIS Forum in Geneva

Protecting the World’s Plant Resources from Pests

IPPC and ICC joined forces to present a session on its most recent successes with a web development project to protect plant trade.

“The International Year of Plant Health [in 2020] highlights the importance of plant health to enhance food security, protect the environment and biodiversity and boost economic development,” FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said.

Today, up to 40 percent of global food crops are lost annually due to plant pests.  In terms of economic value, plant diseases alone cost the global economy around US$220 billion annually and invasive insects around US$70 billion.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the United Nations International Computing Centre (ICC) have delivered an innovative solution for developing countries to ensure plant protection in their international trade. Electronic phyto-sanitary certificates, in lieu of paper certificates, ensure safe standards in the arrival and clearance of plants across national boundaries. Trade suffers when ePhyto certificates do not use harmonized e-business standards. IPPC and ICC have developed and are operating a centralized hub to facilitate the exchange of certificates and a Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) web-based system for countries without the infrastructure to produce, send and receive certificates.

Sri Lanka, along with Ghana and Morocco, is an early adopter for implementing the GeNS system for expected efficiencies of exportation and importation of plants and plant products to increase trade benefits. Sri Lankan mangoes are a case in point. Mangoes enter the European market commonly in the ports of the Netherlands. Before departing Sri Lanka, the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) carries out a set of treatments to ensure no contamination of the fruit with any pest that can affect the biosecurity of the Netherlands and/or other destination countries. The NPPO must issue a phytosanitary certificate — and paper-based certificates are time-consuming and subject to loss and human error or fraud, impacting often significantly the time to market.

With the GeNS electronic system, the Sri Lankan NPPO can issue an ePhyto quickly and efficiently – in a matter of seconds. An import customs officer can review the ePhyto certificate and request modifications ahead of the product reaching the port. When the product arrives, the correct phytosanitary certificate is ready and customs need only inspect the mangoes. ePhytos are exchanged among NPPOS and can be verified against the system, eliminating the threat of fraud certificates being used.

As a vision for 2025 and beyond, ICT can act as a driver for development – as seen in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the great potential to accelerate progress and to develop knowledge societies, bridging digital divides with innovative technology.

ICTs are identified as targets in the SDG goals for education, gender equality, infrastructure and in the implementation goal as a cross cutting tool to be utilized for the achievement of all of the SDGs.

IPPC and ICC will continue to partner with crosscutting innovation labs as well as technology providers who are already delivering innovative cost-efficient UN shared systems, as well as cloud solutions, AI, BI, IoT, Big Data, block chain technologies, virtual reality, GIS systems, ID harmonisation and the like.

Speakers/Panelists

  • Oliver Neff, Client Account Manager, ICC
  • Venkat Venkateswaran, Chief App Delivery, ICC
  • Craig Fedcock, IPPC Advisor at International Plant Protection Secretariat/FAO-IPPC

Session Link and webinar recording at: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2019/Agenda/ViewSession/210#

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that was initiated in order to create an evolving multi- stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach at the national, regional and international levels. The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information.

“The future of youth is very important for us in South Sudan,” said David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMISS. On a recent visit to South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal region, David Shearer, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan visited a vocational training centre in Aweil town, which is equipping the youth in the area with practical skills that will help them earn a living once peace has fully returned to their country. The centre aims to help train South Sudanese youth in essential skills in computer, tailoring, carpentry, and other trades, to make them both self-reliant and competitive in the job market. Established with funding from UNDP – the United Nations Development Programme – and the Relief, Reintegration and Protection Section of UNMISS – the UN Misison in South Sudan. UN Photo: Isaac Billy

ICC Helps UNMISS FTS Earn COBIT®5 Certification

ICC Learning has supported another successful rollout of COBIT 5 certification, this time in South Sudan. Globally, organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver value and manage risk. Effective IT governance, which includes implementing processes and organizational structures, is clearly required to ensure IT supports the Organization’s overall strategy and objectives. Keeping this in mind, COBIT 5, launched in 2012, incorporates the most up-to-date techniques for governance and management by bringing together COBIT 4.1, Val IT and Risk IT into one single framework.

COBIT 5 is among the many IT-related courses offered through the UNICC Learning Services Group in the Global Service Centre. Missions are welcome to request any available course in the UNICC Shared Learning: Course Schedule at All ICC Locations 2019. For details contact icttraining@unicc.org.

The Field Technology Section (FTS)/Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies Section (GITTS) of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) organized a first-of-its-kind COBIT 5 Foundation course together with a certification examination at its Juba headquarters in 2018, where 13 FTS GITTS Officers from Juba Headquarters and all field offices participated.

The objective was to allow FTS officials to explore the key elements and principles of the framework and to gain an understanding of the governance of an enterprise IT.

UMISS organized this training with the help of the UNICC Learning Services Group in the Global Service Centre. Unique was the fact that UNMISS wanted the training in Juba and most trainers were not willing to come to South Sudan because of the perceived security situation. Finally, UNICC secured a well-seasoned trainer from the UK who delivered the training in such a way that the concepts were appreciated by one and all.

The team was selected based on the category of middle managers (FS6/P3). The purpose was their staff development as future senior managers. This was viewed to help develop the staff from a process perspective to a strategy view of FTS operations.

The motivation to have the training was based on the organizational direction to embrace the Field Technology Framework and governance principles. It was important for UNMISS middle managers to know their roles and their responsibility to drive improvements in FTS operations.

During the three-day training, FTS staff learned how to successfully govern and manage enterprise IT with COBIT 5

Specifically, participants learned about:

  • Major drivers for the development of a Framework
  • Business benefits of using COBIT 5
  • COBIT 5 Product Architecture
  • IT management issues and challenges that affect enterprises
  • 5 Key Principles of COBIT 5 for the governance and management of Enterprise IT
  • COBIT 5 enables IT to be governed and managed in a holistic manner for the entire enterprise
  • Key concepts in a Process Capability Assessment and the key attributes of the COBIT 5 PAM (Process Assessment Model)
  • How COBIT 5 processes and the Process Reference Model (PRM) help guide the creation of the 5 Principles and the 7 Governance and Management Enablers

Certification Examination

The COBIT 5 Foundation examination is closed-book and paper-based, consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered within 40 minutes. A minimum of 25 marks or more is required to pass. With only 48 seconds per question, the exam not only focuses on proving knowledge of the framework but also time-management skills. Commendably, the PASS rate for UNMISS was 100 per cent, and APMG International issued a badge to all successful participants.

The examination certifies and proves the ability of participants to:

  • Utilize the COBIT 5 framework to achieve world-class governance of enterprise IT
  • Help bridge the IT department with the wider business through a common language
  • Maximize the value generated by enterprise IT
  • Align IT with the strategic goals of a business
  • Understand business requirements, mission objectives and their priorities
  • Enable organizations to achieve compliance with relevant laws, regulations, contractual agreements and policies
  • Improve an organization’s integration of information security.

See more at: https://ft.dfs.un.org/unmiss-fts-earns-cobit%C2%AE5-certification.

IPPC – ICC Innovative ePhyto Hub for Plant Protection

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and United Nations International Computing Centre (ICC) present their innovative solution for developing countries to ensure plant protection in international trade

Friday, 12 April 2019 – 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Room H2, ITU Montbrillant, ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum

Protecting the World’s Plant Resources from Pests

“The International Year of Plant Health [in 2020] will highlight the importance of plant health to enhance food security, protect the environment and biodiversity and boost economic development,” FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said. Today, up to 40 percent of global food crops are lost annually due to plant pests.  In terms of economic value, plant diseases alone cost the global economy around US$220 billion annually and invasive insects around US$70 billion.

Electronic phyto-sanitary certificates, in lieu of paper certificates, ensure safe standards in the arrival and clearance of plants across national boundaries. Trade suffers when ePhyto certificates do not use harmonized e-business standards. IPPC and ICC have developed and are operating a centralized hub to facilitate the exchange of certificates and a Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) web-based system for countries without the infrastructure to produce, send and receive certificates.

Please join us for the full story. See session overview here: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2019/Agenda/ViewSession/210.

Moderator

Prado Nieto, Chief Customer Relationship Management, ICC

Speakers/Panelists

Venkat Venkateswaran, Chief Application Delivery, ICC

Craig Fedcock, IPPC Advisor at International Plant Protection Secretariat/FAO-IPPC

Registration

You can register to attend the WSIS Forum 2019 at: https://www.itu.int/en/wsis/Pages/expression-interest.aspxb.

Badging will be done in the ITU Montbrillant Building. Badges must be picked-up personally as they are photo badges. Badges may be picked-up on:

Friday, 5 April 2019:14:00 -17:00

Monday 8 – Friday 12 April: 8:00 -12:00 and 13:30 -17:00

Practical information is here (https://www.itu.int/en/delegates-corner/Pages/default.aspx)

The annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF,UNIDO, UNITAR, UNHCR and UN Regional Commissions). It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies. #WSIS