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From the Pandemic to the League of Cities: an interview with Lord Foster, Architect, Founder and Executive Chairman of  Foster + Partners and President of the Norman Foster Foundation

From the Pandemic to the League of Cities: an interview with Lord Foster, Architect, Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners and President of the Norman Foster Foundation

On 6 October Lord Foster opened the first UN Forum of Mayors at the Palais des Nations, with an inspirational and optimistic speech on how COVID-19, and pandemics in general, have shaped our cities, often accelerating positive transformations. UNToday had the...

Editorial – December 2020

Editorial – 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...

L’impact bien réel du mécanisme de plaintes des organes conventionnels de l’ONU : « une évolution positive, largement »

L’impact bien réel du mécanisme de plaintes des organes conventionnels de l’ONU : « une évolution positive, largement »

« Un mécanisme presque juridictionnel - même s’il n’est pas une cour internationale – qui fonctionne comme une cour ». C’est ainsi qu’Anna Batalla, juriste au Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme, définit le mécanisme de plaintes associé aux organes de traités de...

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...

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...

Editorial – November 2020

Editorial – 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...

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...

Editorial – October 2020

Editorial – October 2020

When delegates attended the formal ceremony in San Francisco to sign the UN Charter in 1945, they had a unique vision and the necessary commitment to create a global organization. And they knew that they needed the concourse of what would become a true  international...

Interview with His Excellency Ambassador Sabri Bachtobji, Permanent Representative of Tunisia  and His Excellency Ambassador François Rivasseau, Permanent Representative of France on the Security Council resolution 2532 (2020), initiated by Tunisia and France on COVID-19 and Global Ceasefire.

Interview with His Excellency Ambassador Sabri Bachtobji, Permanent Representative of Tunisia and His Excellency Ambassador François Rivasseau, Permanent Representative of France on the Security Council resolution 2532 (2020), initiated by Tunisia and France on COVID-19 and Global Ceasefire.

We would like to share with our readers an interview on the unanimous adoption by the Security Council, on 1 July 2020, of Resolution 2532 expressing its support for the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire to help unite efforts to fight COVID-19 and its...

Bonjour and a warm welcome to Geneva

Bonjour and a warm welcome to Geneva

Welcome message Moving to a new duty station often comes with a mixture of feelings. Before arriving to your 'new home', the joy of excitement, adventure and the non-familiar as well as worries regarding different local realities and traditions can keep us busy with...

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