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Ms Adversity, let’s go for a walk.

Ms Adversity, let’s go for a walk.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (including #3: Good Health and Well-Being, #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and #10: Reduced Inequality), and in the month of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I would...

Can diplomacy work online?

Can diplomacy work online?

This article contains some brief observations, based mainly on recent formal and informal meetings that I serviced and/or attended at the Palais des Nations, as well as on discussions with colleagues and delegates on their experience with ’online diplomacy‘ in the...

What is it like to interpret a remote meeting?

What is it like to interpret a remote meeting?

Teamwork is turning it into a success, but what do interpreters make of Remote Simultaneous Interpretation (RSI)? Before the pandemic, interpreters’ experience of RSI was sporadic and invariably negative. It was often sprung on them unannounced and involved sound...

What the Staff Council has been doing for you

What the Staff Council has been doing for you

Town hall on Equal Pay In early August we organized a town hall on Equal Pay, where we invited an OSLA lawyer to make a brief presentation following the judgement of the UN Dispute Tribunal, to explain on the grounds to appeal the judgement to the UN Appeals Tribunal....

On Her Majesty’s Service

On Her Majesty’s Service

Julian Braithwaite, the UK’s permanent representative talks about dealing with Brexit, online meetings, UN funding, explaining his work to an audience back home and cocktail parties. When Julian Braithwaite arrived in Geneva five years ago as the UK’s permanent...

Editor’s Note – December 2020

Editor’s Note – December 2020

This is my last edition as Editor-in-Chief of UN Today and I want to express my appreciation to all of you, our readers, for your permanent support to our editorial efforts at the UN in Geneva. Before this strange year 2020, I had the privilege of serving as...

His abilities. Their disabilities.

His abilities. Their disabilities.

When the rights of persons with disabilities are secured, the world gets closer to upholding the core values and principles of the United Nations Charter. Last year the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy was launched by the Secretary-General, enabling the UN...

How Racist Is the UN?

How Racist Is the UN?

Back in June, Antonio Guterres told a staff townhall that “if racism exists anywhere, it also exists in the UN.” But how racist is the UN? And in an international organization, with staff from all quarters, what is racism? Let’s start back in 1945. The UN was founded...

Racisme, retour au pire ?

Racisme, retour au pire ?

Historienne de la littérature du XIXe siècle, Nicole Savy, a travaillé sur les stéréotypes racistes et antisémites. Elle a exercé des responsabilités nationales à la Ligue française des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen.  Les comportements racistes sont-ils récents ou...

Nos suggestions de lecture sur le racisme

Nos suggestions de lecture sur le racisme

Le chant des revenants Jesmyn Ward Pivot du roman, Jojo, 13 ans, vit dans une petite ville du Mississipi. Il est né d’un homme blanc, Michael, et d’une femme noire, Léonie. Accro à la cocaïne, sa mère ne se remet pas de l’assassinat de son frère, Given dont le spectre...

Lynn Nottage, playwright and screenwriter

Lynn Nottage, playwright and screenwriter

Lynn Nottage writes about those left behind and is the first and only female playwright and a screenwriter to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ….twice! What do you see as the root causes of racism in today societies, in particular in the USA, and the reasons of...

Quand une sculpture vaut mille mots

Quand une sculpture vaut mille mots

S’il fallait choisir un mot pour parler de l’œuvre du sculpteur Sandrine Plante, Cri serait le terme le plus approprié. Un cri, viscéral, puissant qui traverse les corps de terre, défigure les visages, interpelle les visiteurs. C’est le cri de millions d’humains...

A call for action

A call for action

Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence for Philanthropy  As AI is bound to transform the philanthropic sector what urgent issues need to be addressed to ensure its ethical and impactful use? Artificial Intelligence (AI) broadly consists in making machines do...

Movember : a month dedicated to male health

Movember : a month dedicated to male health

Every year during the month of November, men are invited to grow a moustache. The objective of movember (contraction of “moustache” and “November”) ? Raise awareness about male health among the general public and collect donations which will be used for research into...

Calvin in America

Calvin in America

A Unique Virtual Experience ! Temporary exhibition at the International Museum of the Reformation until February 28th, 2021 In November 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower reached the coast of Massachusetts and established a colony there. Among them were...

Photos of the month: United for our goals

Photos of the month: United for our goals

Mayors & Ambassadors. Scoring the Sustainable Development goals Let's get moving for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! The Forum of Mayors 2020 brought together last October mayors and diplomats on a football field. City leaders and Geneva-based...

Editor’s Note – November 2020

Editor’s Note – November 2020

Whether you stand out at work for the colour of your skin, or even if you don’t but care about the present and future, this edition of UN Today is for you. We know that racism is everywhere, and also in Europe, in Switzerland and at our offices in Geneva. It’s an...

Agenda culturel d’octobre

Agenda culturel d’octobre

JazzContreBand 01 - 27 octobre 2020 https://jazzcontreband.com Au-delà d’un festival dédié à la musique jazz, c’est un événement phare dans le paysage culturel franco-suisse. Avec plus de 70 concerts en Suisse et en France, près de 200 artistes, 1 tremplin et 1...

3 Questions to Ian Richards

3 Questions to Ian Richards

Former President of CCISUA and Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)You have been in the staff representation since 2009 and have occupied many functions such as Executive Secretary of the Staff Coordinating Council, the Vice...

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