Online community welcomes UN DESA
On 24 October, UN DESA officially launched its presence in social media. Pouring in from across the globe including India, Australia, Iran, Italy, USA and Sudan, the response has been very positive. “We are honored to work with you and know that only together can we truly change anything,” stated one NGO working to eradicate poverty through education. Another Facebook user in Nigeria commented, “this is simply good.”
Whether you want to browse the latest economic reports; access MDGs statistics; show your support for Rio+20; know more about the rights of persons with disabilities; youth employment; public service awards or where fertility peaks in the world, UN DESA is the online hub to visit.
Online users can now like UN DESA on Facebook, follow the work of the department on Twitter and access a wealth of information on the department’s Slideshare platform.
“We look forward to sharing our knowledge and our work with you in this new and interactive platform,” said Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in a welcome message on UN DESA’s Facebook page.
With the ambition to raise awareness and showcase the expertise of its divisions, the launch was kicked-off with a 10-day special highlighting each of the teams within UN DESA that make this extensive work happen. This 10-day special will run through 4 November on Facebook and Twitter.
In the long term, the department hopes to add value to online communities, to facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange and to enable the world community to make informed decisions in the field of economic and social affairs.
So far, UN DESA’s social media presence has been appreciated by a variety of online communities from around the world. Since its launch, the group of people who have joined the department on Facebook, or are following UN DESA on Twitter, has increased considerably.
“Thank you for creating this community. I think it will prove to be a wonderful foundation,” said one of the new members of UN DESA’s online Facebook community.