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NEW YORK, 10 December 2021 – UNICEF plans to promote 1,000 data-driven non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the UN’s largest-ever NFT assortment up to now, the UN kids’s company mentioned in the present day forward of commemorations of UNICEF’s 75th anniversary. 
A portion of the NFTs might be digitally watermarked to commemorate the company’s seventy fifth yr, whereas others might be linked to occasions in early 2022. These digital collectibles might be offered straight by UNICEF, utilizing the Ethereum blockchain.
“For 75 years, UNICEF has been a driving force for change in children’s lives. And as we look back at our history, we must also look forward and seize every opportunity to take innovative actions to secure the future for our children,” mentioned UNICEF Govt Director Henrietta Fore.  “We have to use every tool in the toolbox if we are to reach more children and invest in a better world – including through new ways of fundraising and financing – and the launch of UNICEF’s first global collection of data driven digital tokens will directly support our global efforts to close the digital divide and help give every young person access to the Internet.”
Proceeds from this public sale and different NFT fundraising scheduled for late 2021 and early 2022 will go in direction of promising initiatives of the UNICEF World Workplace of Innovation, together with Giga, a UNICEF and ITU initiative to attach each college on the planet to the Web utilizing new applied sciences like low-earth orbit satellites, machine studying, and blockchain. To this point, Giga has linked over 3,000 faculties benefitting over 700,000 kids, and mapped over 1 million extra to assist goal funding in connectivity.
In honour of its 75th anniversary, for this NFT assortment, UNICEF partnered with Snowcrash Labs and information visualization scientist and artist Nadieh Bremer, who created a visually putting assortment of NFTs known as Patchwork Kingdoms. Each bit has a world ‘above’ representing linked faculties, and a world ‘below’ for unconnected faculties. The squares within the hidden pale ‘reflection’ metropolis symbolize an absence of connectivity contrasted with the ‘vibrant’ connectivity in faculties within the upright metropolis. The assorted colors present what number of kids are nonetheless in want of Web entry. The paintings is impressed by Giga’s stay maps on college connectivity.
The gathering of NFTs incorporates information on greater than 280,000 faculties from 21 nations, and every paintings represents a subset of those faculties.
“My most basic supply of inspiration was the sense of marvel we expertise throughout our childhood,” mentioned Bremer. “The live maps from Giga guided my artwork, using its data to create 1,000 tiny fantasy art pieces while subtly trying to convey the importance of the project; there are still many schools not connected to the Internet, and many children excluded.”
Each Patchwork Kingdom is a modern time capsule, meaningfully capturing where children are currently connected and where children are still in need of life-changing access to the Internet and all that connectivity offers for their wellbeing and opportunity. Through a variety of initiatives of the UNICEF Office of Innovation, alongside many public and private partners, UNICEF seeks to capitalize on the potential of the digital revolution for every child to thrive, including a variety of high-profile priorities such as mental health and climate change. As these specific NFTs are bought, collectors will own a snapshot of Giga’s progress at this point in time. Further developments to the NFTs will include the ability to collect individual schools, connect Patchwork Kingdoms, and observe the network of cityscapes grow as Giga evolves and more schools and communities are connected.
“There are more than 1.3 billion children disconnected in an increasingly connected world. We cannot allow these children to grow up on an information island, cut off from the wealth of information and opportunities available online, and with fewer resources to learn and grow,” mentioned Fore. “The Office of Innovation is working to close the digital divide through innovations and technology across the world.”
Along with being the UN’s largest identified NFT assortment, it’s believed this marks the primary time the UN has created NFTs based mostly on information. The gathering is supported by the Ethereum Basis, Snowcrash Labs, CfC St. Moritz, Metagood and Wondros.
For 75 years, UNICEF has been working for baby rights and the wellbeing of each baby. From short-term reduction to long-term improvement programmes, UNICEF works all over the world to save lots of kids’s lives, defend their rights, and safe their futures.
Notes to editors:
An NFT is a novel digital token in an unique and non-interchangeable digital asset file saved on the blockchain community. The possession of the NFT token is attributed to the crypto deal with the place the token is positioned, and information similar to value, transaction historical past and possession are without end saved and accessible on the blockchain community.
These NFTs might be on sale at Extra data might be obtainable on Twitter at @gigaconnect and @SnowcrashLabs.
UNICEF works in a few of the world’s hardest locations, to achieve the world’s most deprived kids. Throughout greater than 190 nations and territories, we work for each baby, in all places, to construct a greater world for everybody.
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UNICEF World Workplace of Innovation is positioned in Stockholm, Sweden. Alongside younger folks, public companions, and personal business, we’re dedicated to collective design for equitable social influence by bringing collectively human and monetary capital alongside sensible and concrete revolutionary options.
Considered one of UNICEF’s key innovation initiatives, Giga is a partnership between UNICEF and ITU working to attach each college on the planet to the Web by 2030. Working with 19 nations (and rising), the initiative maps college connectivity in real-time, advises on acceptable technical options, creates fashions for revolutionary financing, and helps governments contracting for college connectivity.
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