14 February 2008
Barcelona and London, 13 February 2008, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Group Foundation announced a ground-breaking „global partnership for emergency communications”. The partnership will improve the effectiveness of the information and communications technology (ICT) response to major emergencies and disasters around the world.
The United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Group Foundation pledged together $4.3 million while the WFP pledged a further $1.8 million to develop the first-ever ICT training programme which will be open to the global community of humanitarian relief organizations.
The United Nations Foundation has been set up in 1997 to administer Ted Turner’s historic contribution of $1 billion in support of UN causes. In turn, the Secretary-General established UNFIP as the central interface with the UN Foundation.