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The UN must be impartial to the parties but not neutral to the law

There are many words that are so quintessentially associated with the United Nations that do not actually appear in the Charter of the United Nations; among the three most consequential such words are“veto”, “peacekeeping” and “impartiality.” The first has often...

Independence and impartiality of international civil servants

As staff, we pledged our service to the UN, joining the ranks of thousands of committed individuals who serve the greater good in the service of the international community. As individual international civil servants, we look back fondly and with pride to the moment...

Defining the borderline of what is right for UN personnel

How do you define impartiality for international civil servants? Impartiality is defined ‘in UN Staff Regulations and Rules and other guidance such as the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service’. If you want to explain this in a more layman way then...

The daily task of remaining impartial

Founded in France in 1919, the IFRC emerged to embrace the citizens of the world in situations of humanitarian crisis. Surely with the vision that, at some point, these crises would no longer be needed. Today it embraces 160 million people a year through its 192...

The know-how of impartiality after 2.500 missions

A lot is said —and written— about impartiality, but little is approached from the practical experience of 'having been there,’ on the front line, interpreting interests and facilitating dialogue from the complexity that comes with multiculturalism. He has completed...

Neutrality — George Floyd’s legacy

During the process of searching for interviewees for the November issue on neutrality, we came across this book. A witty literary piece that seeks to provide concrete actions to the resolution of conflicts that exist - mainly - in the demands of a frustrated society...

The fight against fake news

Information, media, and digital technologies are supposed to save lives and support sustainable development. However, spiraling disinformation, rising hate speech, breach of people’s privacy, declining freedom of expression, and a general misuse and abuse of digital...

Leading UN communications in turbulent times

Melissa Fleming has headed the UN Department of Global Communications for three years now. In this exclusive interview, she speaks about the continuing challenge of combating misinformation and disinformation, the role the UN plays in that regard, and the importance...

Bringing positive change through communications

In a recent speech to the UN Information Centres’ Directors, UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya remarked how striking it was that one thing remains unchanged since the League of Nations’ times: as the UN family works together to find global solutions to global...

FOCUS ON

The UN must be impartial to the parties but not neutral to the law

There are many words that are so quintessentially associated with the United Nations that do not actually appear in the Charter of the United Nations; among the three most consequential such words are“veto”, “peacekeeping” and “impartiality.” The first has often...

Independence and impartiality of international civil servants

As staff, we pledged our service to the UN, joining the ranks of thousands of committed individuals who serve the greater good in the service of the international community. As individual international civil servants, we look back fondly and with pride to the moment...

Defining the borderline of what is right for UN personnel

How do you define impartiality for international civil servants? Impartiality is defined ‘in UN Staff Regulations and Rules and other guidance such as the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service’. If you want to explain this in a more layman way then...

The daily task of remaining impartial

Founded in France in 1919, the IFRC emerged to embrace the citizens of the world in situations of humanitarian crisis. Surely with the vision that, at some point, these crises would no longer be needed. Today it embraces 160 million people a year through its 192...

The know-how of impartiality after 2.500 missions

A lot is said —and written— about impartiality, but little is approached from the practical experience of 'having been there,’ on the front line, interpreting interests and facilitating dialogue from the complexity that comes with multiculturalism. He has completed...

Neutrality — George Floyd’s legacy

During the process of searching for interviewees for the November issue on neutrality, we came across this book. A witty literary piece that seeks to provide concrete actions to the resolution of conflicts that exist - mainly - in the demands of a frustrated society...

The fight against fake news

Information, media, and digital technologies are supposed to save lives and support sustainable development. However, spiraling disinformation, rising hate speech, breach of people’s privacy, declining freedom of expression, and a general misuse and abuse of digital...

Leading UN communications in turbulent times

Melissa Fleming has headed the UN Department of Global Communications for three years now. In this exclusive interview, she speaks about the continuing challenge of combating misinformation and disinformation, the role the UN plays in that regard, and the importance...

Bringing positive change through communications

In a recent speech to the UN Information Centres’ Directors, UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya remarked how striking it was that one thing remains unchanged since the League of Nations’ times: as the UN family works together to find global solutions to global...

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170 years of daily publication, 132 Pulitzer Prizes, more than 9 million subscribers, managed since 1896 by the Sulzberger family and currently considered the second most important newspaper in the world, after USA Today and before The Guardian. The impact of what its...

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