Tuesday, November 16, 2010

United Nations MDGs

Have you ever heard about the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (UN MDGs)? They are 8 big objectives that, although all of them are really tough, needs to be accomplished to make the world better. For example, the population suffered from poverty should decrease by half by 2015 compared to 2000. However in the actual situation, still a billion of people all around the world are able to afford to spend only less than $2.5 a day.

Why did I start to talk about this in this blog? In fact, I participated in the meeting yesterday that an UN officer in Tokyo gave a lecture to students. There I learned MDGs are the important goals for the United Nations. He told us, before the MDGs are established, many UN organizations and NPOs worked independently for their own goals. In that situation, big projects were difficult to be arranged since there were no cooperation among them. Therefore, the UN established the common goals as MDGs so that more and more communications and cooperations shall be made.

Originally, that meeting was set by Microsoft, related to Imagine Cup, the competition for students. There are several different track provided such as Game Design and Digital Media, but the main track is Software Design. This track has been open since the very first time of Imagine Cup in 2003. Here, we think of the idea, design the service, construct the business model, and evaluate the whole project, using ICT (Information Communication Technology) that goes with the theme of the year. And this year's theme is:

Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.

So? I think the UN MDGs are really good start for me to compete in Imagine Cup. And not only for that, but it's also a good motivation for me to take the world problems seriously into consideration for my future.

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