United Nations has gone mobile – so many apps for world peace and development

The United Nations has gone mobile…in a big way. In just a few clicks I found more than 10 iPhone apps covering everything from news to statistics to global photos.

Plus, a very cool short video about the apps from Jess3:


I’ve just downloaded all these apps and haven’t yet played with them, so no recommendations yet. Let me know if you have any suggestions or tips:

Pieces of Peace

The app makes it easy to get involved and includes some innovative (and fun) ways to learn about the work of the United Nations. An interactive photo-scramble game, “Pieces of Peace,” gives users the ability to have fun while they learn by unscrambling photos taken around the world that are related to the work of the UN. The game includes ways for users to learn as they play, helping build awareness and knowledge about international issues. Integrated social media options also allow users to organically share this content with friends, brag about their photo-unscrambling prowess, and encourage them to get involved.

United Nations Foundation

Act Global, Go Mobile.
People often ask “How can I get involved?” The UN Foundation mobile application allows citizens worldwide to learn more about areas where they want to add their voices, advocate and help support the UN. It makes it easy, fun, and informative to engage every day with the UN.



UN News Reader

United Nations (UN) News Reader grabs the top stories from the UN and delivers them to your iPhone/iTouch.

News feeds:
– Top Stories
– Women, Children and Population
– Peace and Security
– Health, Poverty, Food Security
– UN Affairs
– Law, Crime Prevention
– Human Rights
– Humanitarian Aid, Refugees
– Environment, Shelter
– Culture, Education
– Economic Development

UN Country Stats

UN CountryStats is a data visualization tool to compare key economic, social, environmental, trade, and area & population indicators for 216 countries and territories. Indicators, drawn from the United Nations’ unique and authoritative data set, can be viewed as complete country tables or visualized as bar graphs. Other useful tools include detailed definitions of each indicator and the ability to save graphs as favourites.



Charter of the United Nations

Beginning with ‘We the peoples of the United Nations…’, this app contains all Articles of the Charter of the United Nations as well as an introductory note that outlines past amendments. It also includes the Statute of the International Court of Justice that forms an integral part of the UN Charter.



UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This edition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains the complete text of the Declaration. It includes all thirty articles as envisaged by the creators who formulated the Declaration forging standards and principles – the inherent right of all mankind.



United Nations Today

The United Nations Today, formerly the Basic Facts about the UN, reflects the multitude of ways in which the United Nations touches the lives of people everywhere. It chronicles the work of the Organization in such areas as peace, development, human rights, humanitarian assistance, disarmament and international law. In describing the work of the United Nations family of organizations, this book provides a comprehensive account of the many challenges before the international community, as well as the joint ongoing efforts to find solutions.

UN Innovations in Public Governance

UN Innovations in Public Governance provides an overview of successful innovations in governance and public administration from countries that have received the United Nations Public Service Awards, which is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. The purpose of this application is to disseminate, through easily searchable descriptive case studies, information about innovative practices by looking at the problem that lead to an innovation; the solution that was designed and implemented to respond to the specific challenge; the actors and steps involved in the innovation process, and lessons learned. Learning more about how public institutions from around the world have solved difficult governance challenges can be a powerful and inspirational tool for those engaged in improving public sector performance.

UN Score the Goals

‘Score The Goals: Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals’ is an educational graphic novel featuring ten football UN Goodwill Ambassadors, who are challenged to tackle the eight Millennium Development Goals along their journey towards being rescued. The youth-oriented graphic novel provides a fun interactive way to help understand, familiarise and reflect about poverty and development issues.

The app includes the comic book in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, and Korean.

UN AidsInfo

AIDSinfo is a data visualization and dissemination tool to facilitate the use of AIDS-related data in countries and globally. AIDSinfo is populated with multisectoral HIV data from a range of sources including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and Measure DHS. The data provided by UNAIDS include AIDS spending, epidemiological estimates, information on policies, strategies and laws, and other country-reported data from government and civil society.

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