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The United Nations has sought to capitalise on the popularity of video games to educate and raise awareness about the work of the organization.

From the crippling toll of hunger to the desperate plight of refugees, the United Nations system is turning to video games as a vivid tool with realistic simulations to raise awareness of the world’s ills among the more affluent nations.

Mind the Gap (UNESCO)

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Age: 12+

MindtheGapA new online tool highlighting the progress and pitfalls of girls' and women's education around the world.

Imagine you are starting school in Mali. What are the chances you will complete primary school? How likely are you to go to university? Find out by playing UNESCO's new data game, Mind the Gap. Create an avatar and take a trip around the world to learn about inequalities in education. Education is a human right.

Produced by UNESCO

Fast Car: Travelling Safely around the World (UNESCO)

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Age: 16 to 24

FastCarFast Car is a United Nations racing game that helps you learn about HIV and AIDS prevention and takes you on a tour of some of the World's Heritage sites.

The game aims to provide young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention, intending to educate and entertain as well as promote healthy behaviour.

Produced by UNESCO

STOP Disasters (UN/ISDR)

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Age: 9 to 16

StopDisastersSTOP DISASTERS is an on-line disaster simulation game aimed at teaching children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. This initiative was part of the 2006-2007 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School”.

Produced by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

Stylista - WFP And Sandbox Global Join Forces

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Age: 12+

22feb-stylistaHosted on the social networking site Facebook, the Stylista game will now offers limited edition t-shirts and bags that will contribute to the World Food Programme's (WFP) assistance operations inside Syria.

"This is the first Facebook game to support WFP's emergency response in Syria," said the Director of WFP Global Private Partnerships, Jay Aldous. "We are grateful for the support of Sandbox Global and the network of Stylista players for their contribution to our life-saving work."

Produced by Sandbox Gloabal in support of the United Nations emergency response in Syria

Free Rice 2.0 (WFP)

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Age: 12+

freericeFor each answer you get right, sponsors donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.

Over 90 billion grains donated to date.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance...

Produced by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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