The developer Niantic will cease the opportunity of being the owner of a worldwide popular mobile game and will use this to teach its fans about real worldwide issues. Their application, Pokemon GO, uses location-based game mode to turn the surroundings of gamers into their digital playfield. They have to search for creatures in different real locations and catch them. The product was the subject of many controversial debates. Some people acclaimed its influence over teenagers to go outside and play while others made it the reason of real accidents. However, this time Pokemon GO returns in the limelight in an effort to educate users about Global Goals.
The Pokemon Company is collaborating with Project Everyone, a non-profit organization, to create new in-game content that has the noble purpose of teaching. As a consequence, Pokemon GO will soon be updated with a new gym and 17 PokeStops. The place of the new digital locations will be in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum will be.
The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals, are the result of an initiative at which 193 Member States participated in September 2015. Together, all these nations created 17 ideals for the entire world that will help humanity prosper and flourish. These plans include ending world hunger, improving education and health, creating sustainable urban areas, putting an end to climate change, and abolishing poverty. The main goal of such an extensive campaign is to improve the majority of the weaknesses of the world by 2030.
Thus, Pokemon GO wants to create a more powerful awareness for these 17 Global Goals. The new gym will be created in the exact place where the Davos Congress Centre is. Players can visit this location and train their caught Pokemons while keeping informed of the latest efforts in making Earth a better place. This way, the creators are hoping to make these ideals popular among young people, politicians, and business leaders.
As for the 17 PokeStops, they all will be scattered around Davos, Switzerland. They are indexed, and each of them bears the main focus of one of the Global Goals. Thus, some of them are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Reduced Inequalities, and others. Moreover, this spring will be the beginning of permanent rewards for those Pokemon GO players that are spreading information about the Global Goals.
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