[Dateline: New York | Author: UNOP]
On 10 August, the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the Information and Technology Corps (ITCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework in which both partners will cooperate in support of Millennium Development Goal 2 — achieve universal primary education — through bridging the digital divide.
Representatives from UNOP, ITCO, the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA-GAID) and the UN Development Programme participated in the signing ceremony.
The ITCO, headed by Dr. Paul Jhin and Dr. Jing Sung Kim, works under the umbrella of the UN DESA-GAID. The main goal of the initiative is to provide hundreds of thousands of new and refurbished computers for underprivileged students in developing countries around the world.
The aim is to improve access to information communications technology in order to advance the educational opportunities for students in developing countries.
During the ceremony, Dr. Jhin welcomed the partnership between ITCO and the United Nations, nothing that “The initiative will serve as an important platform to assist and empower school children in developing countries and provide them with opportunities for better education, improved employment prospects and quality of life.”
Mr. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UNOP, stated, “This innovative public-private leadership initiative represents a model for leveraging information technology to advance education in developing countries. It represents a significant contribution toward achievement of the MDGs and is a tribute to the leadership and commitment of Dr. Jhin and his team. We warmly welcome Dr. Kim’s dedication to build a global network.”
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a gateway for partnership opportunities within the United Nations family. It promotes new collaborations and alliances in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals and provides support to new initiatives of the Secretary-General.
UNOP provides partnership advisory services and outreach to a variety of entities, as well as managing the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, which serves as the interface in the partnership between the UN System, the UN Foundation, and the United Nations Democracy Fund.