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The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for the signing of an agreement between the Government of India and the United Nations on a ‘Way Finding Application’ to be used in the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva(UNOG).
What is the United Nations Office at Geneva(UNOG)?
UNOG is located at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Purpose: It serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Geneva.
Significance: It is the biggest department of the United Nations Secretariat outside of headquarters in New York.
What is the need for a Way Finding Application at UNOG?
UNOG consists of five buildings and 21 floors. A large number of delegates visit UNOG to participate in various meetings and conventions.
Keeping in view the complexity of buildings and huge participation, there was a requirement for a navigational application which can help the visitors in finding their way inside the premises.
Who will be developing the Way Finding Application?
India has taken up the project to develop a ‘Way Finding Application’. The app will facilitate navigation on the premises of UNOG.
It will enable users to find their way from point to point within the 21 floors spread across five buildings of UNOG. The App will work on Android and iOS devices with an internet connection.
The development of the App has been entrusted to the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT).
What is the significance of this contribution by India to the UN?
Firstly, it will be a significant contribution from the Government of India to the UN.
Secondly, it will not only highlight the technical capabilities of India but also enhance the prestige of the country at the UN level platform.
Thirdly, it will make India’s presence felt in the UN and showcase its soft power in the form of strong software technology expertise – a ‘Made in India’ App in the mobiles of people who come from across the globe.
Source: The post is based on the article “Cabinet approves Agreement between India and United Nations on a ‘Way Finding Application’ to be used in the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva” published in PIB on 14th June 2022.