Making Commitments Matter (MCM) is a non-profit international research and development initiative composed of students and young professionals.
Our goal is to improve national implementation of resolution and conventions and our project are UN-informed.org and UN-i.org.
Every year, 192 states commit to hundreds of resolutions and conventions on the level of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies to achieve better standards of life in larger freedom, as the UN Charter puts it.
However, the majority of these agreements never enter into force at the state level.
The vision of MCM is of a world in which these agreements unfold their full potential and have their intended, tremendous positive impact on the lives of people.
Our mission is to support state actors and civil society by making information on UN agreements available, easily accessible and usable in the process of implementation.
The strategy of MCM is to make online Tools for a better informed world society.
MCM is researching ways to present relevant information on these agreements in a centralized, easily accessible and comprehensible way.
Over 100 MCM members in 18 countries are currently working within our projects UN-informed.org and UN-i.org in an effort to support those involved in the process of implementation.
In our project UN-informed.org we are developing a ground-breaking information filtering tool for UN resolutions and conventions, which will make information about these documents more easily available and usable for those who are working with these documents.
In addition, we are developing an online information community, UN-i.org.
Providing a platform to share knowledge and views, directly communicate, network and cooperate globally, UN-i.org will contribute to finding shared solutions to shared problems.
Today, the world has entered the information age.
The majority of resolutions and conventions and additional protocols, declarations and implementation guidelines are publicly available.
However, in order to obtain a sound understanding of the agreements made at the UN level, one has to research dozens of often recondite documents, read through them, understand the interconnectedness between them, and separate important from less important information.
So the problem is no longer too little information, but rather too much and too complex information. The solution? UN-informed.org
We are developing an online source of centralized, reliable, and neutral information: a database which will present the information relevant to domestic implementation in such a compact, yet comprehensive way that the necessary research time could be reduced to a minimum.
The core research of the project, UN agreements research, is currently focusing on structuring and conceptualizing the information for the database in four thematic issues: Clean Drinking Water; Malaria; Small Arms and Light Weapons; and Women and Education. In addition, target group research is being conducted among civil society and state actors, the key players in the process of domestic implementation. The database is being developed by identifying the specific information needs of these target groups, so as to ensure the highest possible utility of the database.
A reduction of the necessary research time would lower the cost of implementation for states. In addition, it would enable non-governmental organizations to easily make use of UN agreements in support of their advocacy position. Lastly, more easily accessible information would contribute to an improved public awareness of UN agreements.
What makes UN-informed.org special is that it presents the whole range of relevant documents in a given thematic issue and unlike other public UN documents databases; UN-informed.org uses individual clauses as data sets, not documents as an entity. Not having to read through a whole document only to find the parts that hold the relevant information will decrease (re)search times immensely.
The concept of UN-informed.org meets the needs of experts, as well as of users who are not familiar with the UN System.
UN-informed.org takes linkages between documents directly into account. With just one click, the user will be able to get an overview over the links between recalled documents and over the developments of follow-up documents over time.
UN-informed.org contains the voting records of individual documents by country. The user can directly find out the position of individual member states.
UN-informed.org gives the users the chance to directly compile, store and download exactly the necessary information within seconds.
Information is the prerequisite for action.
The more difficult it is to retrieve information, the lower the chance of action, so for someone who wants to find UN agreements easily, UN-informed.org is by its nature interesting
It is academically sound, neutral and reliable. Therefore, many United Nations Associations (including the Croatian United Nations Association) support this project.