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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – New UNICC User

Knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

UN​ICC has formally accepted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an UNICC User Organization.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 13,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Their experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.

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UN Collaboration Summit at IAEA – UNICC Presents What’s New in SharePoint

IAEA hosts inter-Agency summit on collaboration transformation challenges

​The UN Collaboration Summit gathered UN Agencies on 30 November, hosted by IAEA in Vienna, Austria. The summit showcased best practices, applications and use of communications and collaboration tools by various UN organizations: Microsoft O365 and related services, Azure and SharePoint. It gathered architects, developers, business analysts and other professionals in the UN system that work with Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and related technologies. Organizations including DPKO, UNICC, IEAE, IMD, ITU, OCHA, OPCW, Microsoft, UNDP, UNOG and UN ICTD discussed a wide range of projects across United Nations agencies that make use of collaboration technologies, especially SharePoint and Office 365.

UNICC’s Akhilesh Nirapure, Cloud Architect in the Strategic Consulting unit, Clients-Projects, gave a talk on What’s New in SharePoint (SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2019 and transformation challenges). The last UN Collaboration Summits that UNICC participated in were at UNESCO in Paris in 2016 and at Microsoft in New York in 2014.

Akhilesh presented ‘What’s New Modern in SharePoint Online & SharePoint 2019 – Transformation Challenges.’ The idea was to present challenges an organization will face when migrating from on-premise SharePoint environments to SharePoint Online, and how they can benefit if they migrate/upgrade to SharePoint 2019 version. He concluded his talk with a short demo showcasing a simple use case of ‘Feedback Moderation’ by leveraging Office 365 services such Microsoft Forms, Microsoft Flow (workflow engine) and Azure – Cognitive Services (sentiment analysis and content tagging ) using an on-premise “Datagateway” with SharePoint 2019 On-premise.

IAEA hosted an expert panel session moderated by Microsoft and supported by UNICC, with the goal to support questions and interest from various attendees. This 1.5 hour session, including UNICC’s Akhilesh Nirapure, was remotely supported by Gianluca Nuzzo (CPD, Brindisi), Subhash Vinjamuri (CPS, New York), and ‘Raju’ Rajagopalan Kasthurirangan (CPD, New York). UNICC managed to find opportunities to respond to attendees’ questions representing UNICC approaches and services.

Among many others, Mehret Abebe from OCHA presented on the journey from SharePoint 2016 to Office 365, which UNICC staff worked very closely on (Akhilesh, Anthony and Marcos, CPD team) on day to day basis with Suzanne Connolly (Chief, Information Management Officer, OCHA). UNICC helped them understand modern capabilities and built a modern Intranet in SharePoint Online. OCHA acknowledged UNICC and recognized how UNICC worked well together in achieving their intended goals.

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OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) – New UNICC User

Infrastructure Hosting, DR and Information Security Services

​UNICC is pleased to inform you that the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), with Headquarters in Vienna, has now formally been accepted as an UNICC User.

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

Their vision is to aspire to a world where Sustainable Development, centered on human capacity-building, is a reality for all. Their mission is to foster South-South Partnership with fellow developing countries worldwide with the aim of eradicating poverty.

OFID Is interested right away to leverage our infrastructure hosting with a backup DR site. They are also interested in our information security services programme.

Nyuta Fortuna is the CAM/BRM focal point.