Friday, November 12, 2010

Acronym Madness

I was looking for info about the UN's new chicks agency (the one that nixed Iran but welcomed the Wahhabis) when I came across this:
WomenWatch is an inter-agency website and a good practice example of United Nations coordination and collaboration. It was founded by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). The inter-agency website is managed by a taskforce of the Inter-Agency Network, led by the Division for the Advancement of Women. A Policy Advisory Group (currently comprised of the Gender Focal Points in DPI, FAO, ILO, INSTRAW, ITU, Regional Commissions (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, and Regional Commissions New York Office), UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO, and DAW) meets once a year. A working level Management Group collaborates with the Web-Manager on regular maintenance and improvement of the website. Funding for the website is provided by members of IANWGE as well as external donors.
If that doesn't give you a snapshot of the utter insanity of the acronym-crazed transnationalists, then nothing will. I am prepared to go even further and venture that a propensity for creating ever more complex and confusing acronyms is directly related to one's distance from solid ground.

Update: UN insanity

1 comment:

PaladinPhil said...

The last time I read that many acronyms was when I was reading a military journal.