This is conference information – Blockchain for Sustainable and Inclusive Finance
There will be one day dialogue on 25th April 2018 on Blockchain for Sustainable and Inclusive Finance along with discussions on prospects for integrating the principle of sustainable development in faith-consistent financing to achieve the SDGs.
The workshop is hosted by the Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation (RFI), the Swiss-Arab Network (SAN), UN Environment (UNEP), the Bank of the Argentine Nation and European Partners for the Environment.
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UN/CEFACT Conference / Workshop on Blockchain
26 April 2018, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The UN/CEFACT Blockchain Whitepaper Project was launched in May 2017 and currently has 75 participating experts The scope of the project is to look at:
- How Blockchain technology could be used to facilitate trade and related business processes
- How existing UN/CEFACT deliverables could be used by Blockchain application developers
- Possible changes to existing UN/CEFACT deliverables, or new deliverables, that could be considered in order to support Blockchain trade-facilitation related applications.
Follow the URL for more complete description of the project.
The objective of this workshop/conference is to discuss and obtain feedback and comments from experts on the:
- Issue of interoperability between different blockchains
- Draft chapters for the White Paper on Blockchain and Trade Facilitation
- Draft White Paper on Blockchain Standards
The project team and participating experts will also discuss recommendations to be made to the UN/CEFACT Bureau for subsequent follow-up activities.
All interested in finding out more about how Blockchain could be used to support trade (including trade in services).
To attend the conference, participants need to be register for the UN/CEFACT Forum. You are kindly requested to register online.
April 4, 2018
The United Nations World Food Program is leveraging a blockchain technology startup to track school lunches in Tunisia, so that each child is fed.
The blockchain startup, Devery, is working with the UN World Food Program, along with the Tunisian Ministry of Education to implement a blockchain-based tracking system for its school meals program.
Through this three-way partnership, the initial roll out will feed 1,500 primary school kids, with the goal of ultimately rolling out to the scheme to all 400,000 Tunisian school children currently receiving food assistance. Read more.
UN PRESS RELEASE
15 MARCH 2018
NEW YORK, 15 March 2018 (Office of Information and Communications Technology) — The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Department of Management’s Office of Information and Communications Technology announced today that the Blockchain for Social Impact team of ConsenSys has won the Unite Ideas “Blockchain for Humanity” challenge, launched by the World Identity Network, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology. Read more.
UNICEF Innovation is running an investment fund that currently has an open call for blockchain start-ups.
UNICEF Innovation is seeking open-source blockchain projects (or willing to be open-source) with an existing prototype that has started in one of UNICEF’s programme countries. Up to $90,000 of equity-free seed investment from UNICEF’s Innovation Fund is available for companies that can show a strong founding team and a clear path to improving humanity.
This link defines the areas UNICEF Innovation is particularly interested in investing in, together with the selection criteria and additional non-monetary benefits they provide. It would be very helpful if you could forward this information to start-ups and colleagues within your network that may be interested in this opportunity and help us spread the word.
If you have any question in this regard, please contact Mr. Qusai Jouda firstname.lastname@example.org
Most people probably don’t associate bitcoin technology with global aid distribution. But perhaps they should… here’s how the use of blockchain could be crucial in the fight against inefficient aid distribution:
During my time working in Afghanistan, there was a hospital in Kabul that was so desperate for a single generator that it applied to multiple UN agencies for help. They received five.
Although the hospital’s needs were met, the duplication simply resulted in wasted resources. This is a familiar story – it happens all over development and humanitarian sectors.
Duplication isn’t the only source of wasted resources – many inefficiencies are built into the multiple layers of the international aid funding system.
Starting with taxpayers in contributing countries, aid funds go through many hands, from one institution to another. Each layer adds on additional costs, entails additional reporting requirements and means increased time to deliver results. Read more.