UN launches portal implementing SAP technology

The United Nations (U.N.) launched on Thursday a Web portal -- implementing technology from SAP AG -- that is designed to help diverse members of the Global Compact initiative create and share information around the world.

The brainchild of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Global Compact initiative includes governments, businesses, labor groups and U.N. agencies. Its aim is to foster action and partnerships in support of human rights, labor and government.

The new technology will enable participants to share experiences and case studies, while inviting comment and feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement, according to SAP in Walldorf, Germany.

The Global Compact portal is based on mySAP Enterprise Portal technology, which is designed to manage all types of information, including applications, databases, stored documents and Internet information.

To aid Global Compact members in submitting annual examples of good practices, the portal provides a single, password-protected interface to post their examples and invite comment from other participants and from the general public, SAP said.

The portal will connect regional groups to a global communications network, in a move that will help "rejuvenate" the U.N. and make the entire organization more effective, said Georg Kell, executive head of the U.N. Global Compact initiative, in a conference call.

"This is the type of application we envisioned in the early days of portals," said Shai Agassi, an executive board member of SAP AG who also spoke on the call. It is an application, he said, that "drives collaboration and transparency" among diverse groups in both the public and private sectors and in numerous locations.

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