Blockchain technology to be discussed at UN General Assembly

September 18, 2018
Chris Wheal

Blockchain’s impact in industry and daily life and its growing potential for social good will be discussed at a couple of important summits in the coming weeks.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation will hear how blockchain can transform economic development

Next week at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, three lobby groups will host a symposium on the use of blockchain technology for furthering economic development at the UN headquarters in New York.

And next month, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is to discuss blockchain and artificial intelligence at its forthcoming World Standards Week event.

Blockchain for Social Good

Hosted by Blockchain Charity Foundation (BCF), Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), and Finance Center for South-South Co-operation (FCSSC), the United Nations event is called Blockchain for Social Good: Utilising Blockchain to Aid Economic Development.

The symposium will bring together technology experts and government official from around the world to discuss the impact and potential of distributed ledger technology on economic growth.

It will include a roundtable event to showcase and discuss some of the practical applications and pilot programmes where blockchain is already having a significant impact.

“BCF firmly believes that blockchain will substantially transform the world by introducing transparency, accountability and efficiency to charitable activities and accelerating global poverty reduction, job creation and economic growth,” said Helen Hai, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation goodwill ambassador and head of Blockchain Charity Foundation.

“BCF is delighted to work with international organisations and industry leaders to embark on this new journey together.”

Empowered by Innovation

Hosted by ANSI in Washington DC on 16 October, the Joint Member Forum entitled Empowered by Innovation: Cutting-Edge Technologies Driving Real-World Solutions, will explore the applications of blockchain technology.

Expert panellists from sectors where blockchain is already being used, such as health care, shipping and transport, food safety, supply chain finance and government, will explain the significant impact the technology is already having.

Meanwhile, speakers associated with ANSI, which works towards global acceptance of industry standards, will offer perspectives on how conformity assessment can help drive deployment of new technologies and further innovation.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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