With NFT Collection, UNFPA Enters the Web 3 Space
On the day (November 15) the global population reaches 8 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, and digital artist Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm launched the agency’s first-ever NFT (non-fungible token) collection.
Titled “Stronger Together,” the collection reflects and pays tribute to humanity’s collective ingenuity that has led to the impressive advances in health care and reductions in global poverty that have enabled the population to reach 8 billion.
Created exclusively for the occasion, the 800 pieces utilize innovative technologies while emphasizing the human experiences that unite us all. To generate the artwork, Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to recognize patterns in thousands of images sourced from UNFPA’s digital photo archive.
Hosted on the energy-efficient Ethereum blockchain, the artworks transform every time they change ownership – a nod to the demographic shifts and infinite possibilities at the heart of UNFPA’s 8 billion campaign.
“Inspired by the underlying themes of growth and diversity, each artwork celebrates what makes us unique as individuals. At the same time, the images create a unified series that reflects our strength and power as a collective. Stronger Together is an endless meditation on our shared humanity, pushing past the limitations of our collective imaginations,” says Waagner Falkenstrøm.
The initiative also marks UNFPA’s first venture into the Web 3 space. “We believe that in a world of 8 billion people, we can unlock 8 billion opportunities. Innovation can open up new possibilities for UNFPA, including new ways of fundraising,” says UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. “We are excited to work with such a visionary artist.”
All profits from the collection will go towards UNFPA’s work supporting maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and preventing gender-based violence.