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Editor’s Note – February 2021

Editor’s Note – February 2021

This is my first issue as Editor-in-chief. My aim is to continue the thrilling adventure of UN Today, which took over from UN Special a year ago with my predecessor Alex Mejia whom I would like to sincerely thank for having successfully guided the magazine during 5...

SHP: A real estate gamble that went wrong

SHP: A real estate gamble that went wrong

The new H building, with its clean lines and purportedly collaborative open space, was meant to be the crowning glory of the almost-$1 billion Strategic Heritage Plan. Instead, it is struggling to attract users amidst lower rents outside, fears of spreading Covid-19...

Interpreting the interpreter

Interpreting the interpreter

A journey through the interesting life of Guillermo Tóth. The portfolio of adjectives becomes immense when referring to talented individuals – and sometimes you just cannot find the right one. This is what happened when I had the opportunity to talk to Vilmos. Sorry,...

S.ave O.ur S.phere

S.ave O.ur S.phere

UN Today is following the journey of the Celestial Sphere, from the garden of the Palais des Nations to Florence, where it will be restored by a group of experts. A symbol of peace born in a time of war Eighty-one years after it reached the grounds of the Palais des...

Grandir en humanité ou disparaître

Grandir en humanité ou disparaître

La question de savoir comment amener l’être humain, capable du meilleur comme du pire, à opter pour les valeurs d’humanité face à une situation planétaire périlleuse est au cœur de la réflexion de Catherine Dolto. Médecin, haptothérapeute, elle est aussi l’auteur de...

Caught between two worlds

Caught between two worlds

People working in the international organizations are often caught between two different worlds; a formal diplomatic one and a more informal collegial one.  Do you write UNese style? Many tell me that when they joined the United Nations, they came from the private...

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...

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