Google to Stream Hangout with UN Secretary-General

By: Sean Patterson - April 9, 2012

Google has been updating and using the “Hangouts” feature of Google+ quite a bit lately. From underwater hangouts, to answering developer questions, to launching geeky web channels, it’s clear that Google thinks Hangouts is a feature of their social network that can compete with Facebook. And with the Hangouts API out of preview, developers can now use it and implement it into things not even Google can think of.

In the spirit of the Digg Dialogg and the Reddit AMA, Google will be hosting a Hangout with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From the Google blog:

We’re passionate about changing the world. But there’s another organization that’s equally passionate—and has been doing it a lot longer. For more than 60 years, the United Nations has worked to advance a global agenda on ending war and poverty, promoting human rights, protecting the environment and dealing with humanitarian crises—critical issues that will determine the quality of life for future generations to come.

So we’re delighted that on Tuesday, April 10, some of the voices of the next generation will have the chance to participate in an exclusive global conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon via a Google+ Hangout from the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Unfortunately, though, the interview won’t be as crowd-sourced as those other internet interviews I mentioned. But six lucky “young people” from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America will have the opportunity to ask the Secretary-General Questions. The blog post stated the young people were selected “in consultation with partners in civil society, academia and United Nations offices in the field.”

So, even though you can’t join the Hangout yourself, it will certainly be interesting to hear the types of questions young people from vastly different regions around the world have for the leader of the UN. You can watch the Hangout streaming live tomorrow, April 10, at 3:3o pm EDT. The event will be streamed on YouTube at youtube.com/unitednations.

Here’s the video preview that accompanies the blog:

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