UN partners with Microsoft on Human Rights

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday announced a “landmark” five-year partnership with Microsoft.

It said that Microsoft would provide a grant of five million U.S. dollars to support the work of the UN Human Rights Office.

“This represents an unprecedented level of support from a private sector organisation,’’ a statement issued by the OHCHR said.

The statement said that a particular area of focus for the partnership would be the development and use of advanced technology designed to better predict, analyse and respond to critical human rights situations.

“We have an untapped opportunity to use the power of technology to collect data, analyse that data, and equip the UN to advance human rights around the world,’’ Brad Smith, President of Microsoft said.

OHCHR pointed out that one example that Microsoft may help to…

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