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Iraqi election-related site joins UN blog family
31 December 2008 / 01:44

[Dateline: New York | Author:  iSeek]

Vote for Iraq blog A new United Nations-supported blog aimed to engage voters for Iraq’s provincial elections next month is one of the latest examples of effective ways to harness interactive technological advances like blogs in the UN system.

The Arabic-language blog, called Vote for Iraq was launched with the support of the UN-led International Election Assistance Team (IEAT).

The site encourages users to use several formats – including photos – to express their views and enables links with other websites and online forums.

“If you look at elections around the world you’ll realize that websites and blogs are critical spaces for engaging constructively with the ‘spin’ of official campaigns,” said the Chief Technical Advisor of the IEAT, Sandra Mitchell.

The site has an editorial policy and is not moderated by any official institution or the UN, according to an elections update issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

OurWorld 2.0 The following initiatives are just a few examples of other ways Secretariat and UN System staff are making use of blog technology. 

Department of Public Information staff member Daniel Shepherd recently shared his perspective of the proceedings taking place in Poznan at the United Nations Climate Change conference in early December 2008.  Mr. Shepherd published a similar blog at the previous conference in Bali in December 2007.

Started in 2005, another blog, UN Pulse, focuses on just-released UN online information, major reports, publications and documents. Created and maintained by a team of reference librarians at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York, UN Pulse now averages nearly 7,000 site visits per month.

United Nations University recently launched a blog called OurWorld 2.0 on the subject of what world citizens can do when faced with complex, inter-connected and pressing problems like climate change, oil depletion and food security.  The blog and series of video briefs will report on and analyze these innovations in order to inspire people to learn.

The World Bank facilitates several blogs on topics such as private sector development, governance and poverty-related issues.  

Note:  Some material for this story was taken from a related UN News Centre story  .