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7家联合国机构联合展开区块链应用研究

近日,有消息称,联合国(UN)正在为之前公布的一项多机构参与的区块链技术应用项目寻求外界帮助。

此前联合国粮食计划署(WFP)想要利用加密货币(如以太坊)向贫困地区传递救助。这个计划将于下月开始试行,累计覆盖1万名救助接受对象,预计到明年将会增长到50万。(相关阅读:《世界粮食计划署借助区块链开展人道主义援助》)

不过据新文件透露,这个项目只不过是UN更广泛区块链工作的一部分。

联合国项目服务办公室(UNOPS)已经组织了一个专门致力于区块链技术的跨机构工作组,包括联合国粮食计划署(WFP)、联合国开发计划署(UNDP)、联合国儿童基金会(UNICEF)、联合国妇女署、联合国难民署(UNHCR)和联合国发展集团(UNDG)。

据UNOPS于4月24日发布的一份信息请求显示,这个跨机构工作组正在向区块链行业利益相关者征求区块链技术相关信息。

该机构写道:

“UNOPS及UN区块链团队的成员组织一直在分析现有或新兴区块链服务在国际救助领域可能的适用性,并且正在为那些适用于国际救助的服务、相关的技术、工具和概念进行市场研究。”

这些正在被讨论的应用包括数字货币、供应链管理工具、支付的自主审查、身份管理和数据存储。

UN征求截止日期为5月14日。UN还表示可能会邀请一些参与者向UN区块链工作组进行当面陈述。

The UN is seeking outside input for a previously undisclosed, multi-agency effort focused on applications of blockchain tech.

CoinDesk exclusively reported this week that the UN's World Food Program (WFP) wants to leverage cryptocurrencies like ethereum to transmit financial aid to impoverished areas. A pilot test scheduled for next month will cover 10,000 recipients, an amount expected to grow to as many as 500,000 by next year.

However, new information highlights how more than one agency at the UN is working on exploring blockchain.

The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has organized a cross-agency working group specifically focused on blockchain, which includes the WFP, but also the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Group (UNDG).

According to a request for information issued by UNOPS and posted on 24th April, the group is soliciting input from blockchain industry stakeholders.

The agency wrote:

"UNOPS and the member organizations of [the] UN blockchain group have been analyzing the possible applicability of the existing or emerging blockchain-based services to the international assistance area and is conducting market research for such services, associated technologies, tools, services and concepts applicable for the use in the international assistance."

Among the applications being discussed are contributions denominated in digital currencies, supply chain management tools, self-auditing of payments, identity management and data storage.

The UN has set a deadline of 14th May for responses, and indicated that it may invite some respondents to give presentations before the blockchain working group.

CoinDesk has previously reported on efforts by UNICEF and the UNDP to explore possible blockchain applications related to humanitarian efforts.


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