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Submitted by Alex Pigot on
At the most basic level, everyone should have an address. Dr Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General,United Nations, (UN-Habitat) has said that 'if you do not have an address you do not officially exist' and that having 'an address is the key to a new life'. The Universal Postal Union's (, an affiliate organisation of the UN) 'Addressing the World - an Address for Everyone' initiative and how the development of an efficient addressing system can foster inclusion will be discussed at the ministerial conference in Doha this October 8. My company GO Code is working with The Hope Foundation ( ( in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India to provide slum dwellers there with an address. We have made a video of what we are doing. Here it is:

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