Why in Bologna the UN University on AI, Big Data and the climate

Yes from the United Nations to Emilia-Romagna's idea of ​​a university on Artificial Intelligence to manage changes in the human habitat

UN University: The headquarters of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan
The headquarters of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan

Now also a UN University: theEmilia Romagna it is increasingly a center of international excellence for research, science, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.
Il United Nations University Council in fact accepted the proposal of the Region, presented together with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2020, to establish at the Technopole of Bologna a new institute of the United Nations University dedicated to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the management of human habitat change.
This was announced by President Stefano Bonaccini, to whom the UNU Rector, David Malone, officially communicated in a letter the decision taken in the 78th session of the UN University Council.
This is a go-ahead that closes with a positive opinion the technical investigation launched on the project of the Region, defined together with the University of Bologna, and presented by the Farnesina on behalf of Emilia-Romagna.

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UN University: the UNU Institute "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change" or IBAHC will be located within the Bologna Technopole
The UNU Institute "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change" or IBAHC will be located within the Bologna Technopole

What will the UNU “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change” do?

What will the UNU Institute “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change” or IBAHC, in acronym, do?
The new institute, which will have as its institutional partner theUniversity of Bologna and will operate in the academic context which includes all the universities based in Emilia-Romagna (the University of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma, Cattolica di Piacenza and the Politecnico di Milano) will also be able to count on the support of the Center for the Conservation of Sustainable Heritage (SHeC) of the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the Network of UNESCO Chairs in the Mediterranean.
It will use supercalculation, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to study the changes in the human habitat induced by climate change, with specific attention to the complex problems of the so-called "Global South" and to the social, economic and cultural transformations that are taking place occurring as a consequence of a series of factors such as urbanization, international and internal migrations, social and economic challenges and opportunities generated by technological innovation.

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UN University: The headquarters of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan
The headquarters of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan

Complex dynamics, however corresponding to many of the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda

These are complex dynamics, which correspond to many of the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and which take on particular interest if referred to the Mediterranean area, which constitutes a unique environmental system on a global level, due to its geographical characteristics , its natural environment, its societies and its cultures.
Central to the Institute will be the development of innovative, intersectoral and transdisciplinary research and higher education activities in a dual perspective.
The first concerns the need to anticipate the consequences of climate change on human societies and communities in all its physical, socio-economic, cultural and health aspects.
The second calls into question the role that new technologies, in particular high-performance computing (HPC), can play in understanding and evaluating complex global problems, thanks to powerful simulations and analysis of large amounts of data.
The combination of the two perspectives will enable scientists to carry out high-quality data-driven research and education in the field of sustainability and climate change, to provide independent scientific advice and policy support for global sustainable development and address the challenges of green and digital transitions.

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UN University: the UNU Institute "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change" or IBAHC will be located within the Bologna Technopole
The UNU Institute "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change" or IBAHC will be located within the Bologna Technopole

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The IBAHC will explore groundbreaking perspectives supporting new synergies for connecting R&I expertise, labs and infrastructure globally.
The objective will be to understand and anticipate the social impact of climate change in the context of future and emerging scientific, technological, industrial, environmental, social and economic challenges related to the transition to a more sustainable planet to improve security, well-being and global prosperity.
Together with the United Nations Center for Coastal Resilience to Climate Change, which will be hosted in the Technopole starting from 2024, the Bologna infrastructure is therefore a candidate to become a global study and research engine on climate change, in perfect harmony with what envisaged by the Pact for Work and for the Climate.
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The President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, on a mission to New York, in the United States of America
The President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, on a mission to New York, in the United States of America

Stefano Bonaccini: "Researchers, experts and truly unique knowledge will come to us in Emilia-Romagna"

“An extraordinary news, which comes exactly two years after the proposal made in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to nominate Emilia-Romagna and the Bologna Technopole as the seat of the United Nations University dedicated to the study of habitat changes humans induced by climate change. Truly unique researchers, experts and knowledge will arrive in our region and in Italy, which will be added to infrastructures already today of absolute international importance such as the Leonardo supercomputer and the Data Center of the European Meteo Center ", said the President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini.
“A team result, achieved thanks to the in-depth work carried out with the many institutions involved and with the fundamental support of the United Nations University, and which once again confirms Emilia-Romagna as an international center of excellence for of research, science, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. And with our region the country”.
And yet: “It is thanks to the academic, cultural and productive ecosystem of the regional territory, which brings together universities, research centres, innovation clusters and infrastructures, that the Data Valley of Emilia-Romagna is becoming increasingly attractive and capable of own skills at the service of future challenges".
"Together with the Councilor Paola Salomoni and the technical staff of the Department, who actively contributed to the project, together with the Rector Giovanni Molari and the University of Bologna, I would like to thank the then Minister Luigi Di Maio, the UN Council, the Rector of the University and the Secretary General of the United Nations for the trust they have shown towards the entire 'Emilia-Romagna system'. And I thank the current Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, with whom we are already working to create the conditions that will now lead to the arrival of the UN University in Italy at the Bologna Technopole…”.

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UN University: the logo of the University of the United Nations (UNU)
The logotype of the University of the United Nations (UNU)

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The United Nations University (UNU), from the English United Nations University, the academic arm of the UN, was created on December 6, 1973 in Tokyo with the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 3081, and still has its headquarters main in the capital of Japan.
The University of the United Nations deals, at an academic and research level, with global problems such as survival, development and welfare, topics which fall within the areas of interest of the United Nations and its Member States.
Despite its university status, the UNU is not a university in the traditional sense of the term: it is above all a research centre, a think tank of the United Nations system which brings together professors and researchers from all over the world and which represents the between the UN and the international academic and decision-making community.
The UN University aims to create and transfer knowledge and to strengthen individual and institutional skills to advance the principles of the United Nations Charter.
The UNU promotes research and educational programs in the field of sustainable development, giving particular help to developing countries.

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UN University: David Malone, Chancellor of the United Nations University, shaking hands with Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana: Accra welcomes the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA )
David Malone, Chancellor of the United Nations University (UNU), shaking hands with Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana: Accra welcomes the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA )

UNU's headquarters are in Tokyo under the control of David Malone, with branch offices in Bonn, New York and Paris

The United Nations University is headed by a Rector, since 2013 March XNUMX the perfectly bilingual Canadian David Malone, academic and administrative director and UN Undersecretary General.
The seat of the University is in Tokyo, it has a Vice-Rectorate in Bonn and two liaison offices to the UN in New York and to UNESCO in Paris.
The UNU Council is the governing body of the University and is made up of 24 members, including the UN Secretary-General and the Director-General of UNESCO.
The UN University is made up of institutes and programs located in 12 countries: the Center for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) in New York, USA; the Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium; the Institute for Environment and Human Security at (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany; the Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany; the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo, Japan; the International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) in Accra, Ghana; the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada; the Institute in Macau (UNU Macau) in Macau, China; the Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands; the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland.

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The presentation of the Big Data Technopole of Bologna by Stefano Accorsi

UN University: the UNU Institute
The UNU Institute "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for the Management of Human Habitat Change" or IBAHC will be located within the Bologna Technopole