The UNU ‘Jargon Buster’ Launch

Howard Hudson, Dr Michaella Vanore, UNU-MERIT

The United Nations University (UNU) Jargon Buster is a glossary of social, political and economic terms: an offline app with instant search and filtered browsing. Available for free on Android and iOS, it features 200 terms with definitions, all cross-referenced with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), plus 250 UN acronyms. WHY? In our interconnected world, global discussions rely on a shared understanding of key concepts. Yet people use similar concepts in different ways, particularly when they come from different backgrounds. This app is a tool for bridging divides – both within the UN and between the UN, academia and the general public. It is also timely: with terms cross-referenced with the SDGs, it can be a unique tool for UN civil engagement. WHO? For anyone who needs an offline UN glossary anywhere in the world – at a conference or in the field – be they students, scientists, journalists or policymakers. HOW? The app gathers knowledge and recommended resources from five UNU sites: in Belgium (UNU-CRIS), Iceland (UNU-GEST), Japan (UNU-IAS), Malaysia (UNU-IIGH), and the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT – the lead institute for this app).


Venue: United Nations Regional Information Centre, Brussels

Date: 10 November 2015

Time: 11:30 - 12:30


UNU-MERIT