The United Nations announced the release of United Nations e-book applications for the iPhone and the iPad, as well as e-books for Amazon’s Kindle, that will give users easy access to offline reading and reference on global issues.
The release coincides with the sixty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, which marked the birth of the United Nations. The first United Nations publications available as applications (or “apps”) are United Nations flagship titles such as the Charter of the United Nations, The United Nations Today, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In the near future, the United Nations will release at the App Store, a free application that highlights the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. In the coming weeks more titles will be offered as iPhone and iPad applications.
With this initiative, United Nations Publications expands its role as a prominent source for reference on global issues.
In announcing this development, Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said, “This initiative will contribute to the wider dissemination of United Nations publications around the world. It is an important first step forward toward a major revamping of e-publishing activities at the United Nations”.
Available for a nominal fee at the App Store, United Nations e-book apps allow users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad user interface to learn more about the Organization and its work.