The office of the United Nations for project services (UNOPS) announced a partnership with the Foundation for IOTA to implement a distributed accounting system Ledger IOTA in their work processes.
It is expected that the technology IOTA will provide a higher level of effectiveness in managing and tracking documents of the United Nations, supply chains and payments in real time, available for both UNOPS and its partners.
“We share a vision where machines, devices, sensors and people are connected and communicate with each other, — said the special Advisor to UNOPS on blockchain technology, Yoshiyuki Yamamoto. — The use of technology that allows these processes to work simultaneously and without intermediaries, will accelerate the realization of the mission of our organization.”
He also added that the possibility of technology IOTA “to work on alternative networks” will be extremely useful in areas with “fragile high speed Internet access and even electricity”. In addition, it works well with the devices of the Internet of things that do not have high computing requirements.
“We are working with the Foundation IOTA, to determine the most appropriate uses of technology in addressing challenges facing the UN,” said Yoshiyuki Yamamoto.
He stressed the importance of “promising blockchain technology” in practice.
“We do not bloccano for the blockchain, we have limited resources and staff, so we should concentrate our efforts on solving real problems. Our priorities aligned with our mission as an organization and not with the cranky Cryptoprotected”, — concluded Yamamoto.
While the UNOPS collaboration with IOTA is educational in nature, so the timing of the transition from the pilot phase to full implementation of technology is not specified.
Collaboration between organizations will be expanded through training seminars, workshops on leadership and development of proofs-of-concept (PoC) to improve the efficiency of specific areas of work, UNOPS.
We will remind, the United Nations has repeatedly expressed interest in the blockchain technology and prospects of its application in their work. So, in June 2017 a member of the UN world food programme has involved the Ethereum blockchain to implement the programme of targeted humanitarian aid 10 thousand Syrian refugees.
Later, the UN announced plans to use blockchain when you create a system of identification of persons without documents and to monitor carbon emissions and to combat the slave trade.