Friday, November 2, 2007

UN teams up with Google and Cisco Systems to track global efforts to fight poverty

: The United Nations have teamed up with engineering giants Google Inc. and Lake Herring Systems, Inc. to establish a new Web land site that volition supply information and a bird's oculus position of planetary attempts to struggle poorness and ran into U.N. development goals.

The land site will track attempts by states around the Earth to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals for 2015, which human race leadership approved at a U.N. acme in 2000, by providing the up-to-the-minute statistics on health, education, malnutrition, women's equality and other measurements that lend to poverty.

On one part of the site, a Web surfboarder can also utilize Google Earth's map and artificial satellite imagination to wing anywhere on the planet and research from above the topographic points where work is being done.

The ends include cutting utmost poorness by half, ensuring cosmopolitan primary school education, reducing kid mortality by two-thirds, halting and starting to change by reversal the HIV/AIDS pandemic and cutting in one-half the proportionality of people without entree to safe imbibing water.

U.N. Secretary-General Prohibition Ki-moon called Thursday's launch "crucial" because for the first clip all information on the U.N. goals, known as the MDGs, will be available in one topographic point "for all who seek it, with a few simple chinks of the mouse." Today on

Ban lamented that almost 1 billion people still dwell on less than US$1 a day; that billions of children decease every twelvemonth before their 5th birthday from causes associated with malnutrition; that infective diseases including acquired immune deficiency syndrome and malaria "are taking their worst toll on states that tin least afford it;" and that billions of people are living in slums.

"Clearly, we are facing a development exigency — and we necessitate exigency action," he said.

"For the first clip in history, the human race have at its disposal the agency to cut poorness in one-half in the span of a generation," the secretary-general said. "But ultimately, achieving the MDGs is a substance of political will. There is no Ag bullet, but the resources, cognition and tools for achieving the ends make exist."

The new MDG Monitor is one of those tools because it will harness the powerfulness of the Internet to supply information for policymakers and development experts who can larn from each other's successes and setbacks, and it will increase public entree and attending to achieving the U.N. goals, Prohibition said.

At the end of his speech, Prohibition set his manus on the mouse of a laptop computing machine computer together with Lake Herring Senior Frailty President Carlos Dominguez, Google's Michael Mother Jones who is main engineer for Google World and Maps, and U.N. Development Program Administrator Kemal Dervis.

A user who chinks the Google World logotype can wing anywhere in the human race and see all the undertakings and measure the advancement toward meeting the MDGs, Mother Jones said.

"They can see successes and detect those, and observe failures or deficits ... and redouble their country's committedness to prosecute those efforts. So it's very exciting for us," he said.

Dominguez said Lake Herring believes that engineering and human inventiveness "can effectively steer expertness and resources to those in demand while highlighting the success of others in reaching these of import goals."

The budget for the undertaking is US$200,000 (€139,000), and it received US$150,000 (€104,000) from corporate donors, according to the U.N. Development Program, which is facilitating the new Web land site for the U.N.

UNDP's Dervis said information on the MDG Monitor come ups from a assortment of U.N. agencies, the World Depository Financial Institution and governments, but he noted that statistics are sometimes hard to obtain, and can differ.

"We trust to gradually defeat these failings and unfastened the land site to all organisations who garner statistics to offer their information," he said.


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