Saturday, 28 November 2020

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Two new UN Mobile Apps launched

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This week saw the launch of two new UN mobile apps, a ‘Jargon Buster’ produced by UNU-MERIT, and ‘ShareTheMeal’, an app that allows you to literally share a meal with a child in need.

ShareTheMeal is a non-profit initiative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). With just a tap on your smartphone you can feed a hungry child. WFP call it “to share the meal”. The app allows you to help children wherever you are and whenever you wish. WFP show you where your meals are distributed and what the impact is. 

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and provides food assistance to 80 million people each year.

Smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to 1. If every one of us contributes just a little, it can create meaningful change and improve many children's lives.


‘Jargon Buster’

At UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands, they’ve been busy developing a glossary app — the ‘UNU Jargon Buster’ — that clarifies hundreds of social, political and economic terms; acting as a bridge between the UN, academia and the general public. All terms are cross-referenced with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Launched on World Science Day for Peace and Development, 10 November 2015, at UNRIC, the app gathers knowledge and recommended resources from five UNU sites: in Belgium (UNU-CRIS), Iceland (UNU-GEST), Japan (UNU-IAS), Malaysia (UNU-IIGH), and the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT)

Version 1.0 presents around 450 entries, including almost 200 terms (with definitions, references and further reading), plus over 250 acronyms from across the UN (most with hyperlinks). The app will be expanded in 2016 to include more UN acronyms and more UNU terms, covering peace and governance, global development and environmental sustainability. They aim to scale up by a factor of 10 within a year: to become a comprehensive ‘metaglossary’.


Both of these apps are available for Android and iOS. The ‘Jargon Buster’ also acts as a searchable, offline, one-stop shop: designed for anyone seeking a UN glossary anywhere in the world, at a conference or in the field, be they students, scholars or policymakers.


From data visualisation to the latest news, the UN is at your fingertips with over 25 mobile apps to date.

→ Check out our comprehensive list of UN Mobile Apps here.

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