New Glossary App Helps Users Make Sense of United Nations Jargon
The app described below is available (free) for Android and iOS.
From Thomson Reuters Foundation:
Understanding the workings of the United Nations as SDGs are thrown around with RIMLGs can be challenging even for insiders so Howard Hudson decided to step in – with a smartphone tool to decrypt U.N. jargon.
Hudson, a communicators coordinator at the United Nations University (UNU), realized the acronyms adopted so widely by the 193 U.N. member states were a barrier to getting public support for its work and confusing even those in-the-know.
Enter Hudson’s brainchild, the “UNU Jargon Buster” glossary app for smartphones, with about 450 A-to-Z entries from AAR to WTO, aims to decipher the global organization’s penchant for vernacular that some say muddies public debate.
Looking like pieces in a Scrabble game, it spells out the meanings of such seemingly haphazard initials as CHAP – or Common Humanitarian Action Plan – RIMLG – or Regional Integration and Multi-Level Governance – WEEE – or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and UNSSSS – the U.N. Security and Stabilization Support Strategy.
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