UN.GIFT receives award from UN Secretary-General
The UN.GIFT.HUB has won the 2011 UN 21 Awards. On Tuesday, 2 August 2011, the Secretary-General of the United Nations presented the 2011 UN 21 Awards to this year's winners at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium in New York.
The UN 21 Awards recognize outstanding initiatives by individual staff members or teams to improve the delivery of the Organization's programmes and to promote its values. The awards are given to honour innovations that have a multiplier effect and ensure sustainability.
In his remarks, the Secretary-General emphasized the importance of the UN 21 Awards: "I believe it is essential to recognize the initiative of staff members who go the extra mile, who see opportunities to change their working environment, and who transform such opportunities into achievements. To all the finalists we recognize here today, let me say this: you share an innovator's spirit."
The UN.GIFT.HUB was nominated for the 2011 UN 21 Awards in the category "ICT/Knowledge Management". This year, 65 projects were submitted from across the UN Secretariat. Evaluation teams comprised of staff members from different duty stations, reviewed the projects nominated in each category and proposed a shortlist of finalists. The High-Level Panel reviewed the recommendations made by the evaluation teams and selected one winning project in each category of the five categories: client orientation, process improvement, ICT/knowledge management, internal communication, and staff volunteerism.
The HUB was launched in August 2010 by the UN.GIFT Steering Committee conformed by six the organizations at the leading edge of the global movement to eradicate human trafficking: the International Labour Organization ILO, the International Organization for Migration IOM, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR, the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe OSCE, the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC. The UN.GIFT.HUB is an inter-agency platform featuring online tools to facilitate access to knowledge on human trafficking by all stakeholders: civil society organizations, private sector, Governments, media.
The site was created in response to the need to gather all existing knowledge on human trafficking. It was designed to broaden this knowledge base by sharing experiences and information from all stakeholders. The UN.GIFT.HUB is an online platform, not only to collect information, but where users can participate in the creation and dissemination of human trafficking knowledge. The website has been ranked as one of the top global resources for human trafficking knowledge on the web.
The UN.GIFT.HUB team thanks all those who contributed to expanding and disseminating the knowledge on human trafficking and invites you to continue using this platform as a tool to fight this form of modern-day slavery.