UN monitors poverty with Google Earth

The UN has launched a website that shows where countries are failing on the millennium development goals (MDG) designed to cut global poverty.

UN monitors poverty with Google Earth

The site, MDG Monitor, uses Google Earth’s satellite imagery and mapping systems to track nearly every country in the world’s progress towards the MDGs which set targets for cutting infant mortality, reducing poverty, providing education and reducing the spread of HIV/Aids.

Te site is real time and also offers a wealth of information collected by the agency on each country including wealth, public health, education and women’s empowerment.

The information will also appear as a Global Awareness layer in Google Earth, downloadable from the MDG Monitor site

“Achieving the goals is a truly global task, requiring Governments, international organisations, private companies and civil society to work together,” said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of the site in New York.

“I thank Google and Cisco for helping us create the MDG Monitor, an example of the kind of innovative partnerships we need.”

“We at Google are honored to join the UNDP in making this valuable data more accessible to the public,” added Michael Jones, Chief Technologist for Google Earth and Maps

“It is our hope that the Millennium Development Goals and issues of human development will become more openly and frequently discussed, and we believe Google Earth and its users around the world can play an important role in making that happen.”

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