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PIANGO Newsletter # 2 - December 2011

New Look for PIANGO Website

The PIANGO website has recently been updated and now contains global and regional news and current information on PIANGO’s National Liaison Units (NLUs) in the Pacific Islands. This exercise was conducted as part of activities under the Non Government Diplomacy Exercise (NGDE) on climate change, funded through Coordination Sud, based in Paris, France.

Besides the general updates, the website has been equipped with Google’s translation tool which facilitates the translation of its contents into more than 60 languages. Its pages also have a “Share It” button which allows the sharing of the site’s content with over 300 social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and so on. Each NLU country page has also been equipped with a clock which shows the local time of the particular country.

The new-look site also has a hit-counter which, besides letting people know the number of site visitors, allows one to determine, for example, where these visitors come from.

“It is interesting to note that in the first two weeks of installing the hit-counter, the site has had visitors from Fiji, USA, New Zealand, the UK, Australia, India, Germany, France, Italy, New Caledonia, Thailand, Romania, Belgium, Turkey, Guam, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Pakistan, Iran, Slovak Republic, Albania, Denmark and Tonga,” said Mark Borg, the consultant who worked on updating the website.

“An organisation-wide discussion is required for the PIANGO Board, the Secretariat and the NLUs of each member country to agree on how the website can effectively assist them in their work, that is, what kind of information and tools it should carry, taking into consideration that a number of NLUs also have their own websites,” Mr Borg said.

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