App created by UNU-MERIT’s Howard Hudson cuts through UN jargon

Howard Hudson, a communications coordinator at UNU-MERIT, is the creator of an app that can decrypt confusing UN jargon called the UNU Jargon Buster App. Knowing first-hand hudsonhow confusing UN texts can be to decipher, Hudson began building a glossary, which ultimately led to the development of an app for iOS and Android.

The app is a metaglossary–i.e., a collection of glossaries–with hyperlinks to further readings and a graphical user interface dominated by the SDGs.

It was created in collaboration with his UNU-MERIT colleague Iulia Falcan and the local company Mediablenders,and includes 450 acronyms and abbreviations, from AAR to WTO, and is geared towards students, researchers and policymakers.

Earlier this month, the app celebrated its one-year anniversary by being test driven at an event co-hosted by UNU-MERIT at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva. Read more about the app and the event here. For more about the app, contact Howard Hudson.

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