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The meaning of ethics at the UN

The United Nations stands as a beacon of international cooperation, aiming to foster peace, human rights, equality, and sustainable development across the globe. At the core of its operations lies a commitment to high ethical standards that guide its decision-making,...

Importance of due diligence when working with the private sector

The concept of partnerships as a vehicle through which the United Nations can facilitate actions to achieve development goals, has evolved over decades. The United Nations and the private sector have been actively collaborating around the world to address pressing...

The rise and evolution of ethics offices within the United Nations

Origins and mandate The first ethics office within the UN system was established in 2006, as a direct response to a call for action by the UN General Assembly following the 2005 World Summit. This highlighted the need to establish an independent preventive body whose...

Breaking the silence

Allow me to start at the beginning. On my first day in New York to take up the post of Special Adviser, I went to the Pass and ID office on 45th street to get my new grounds pass. As directed by the security guard, I stood in the queue. It was not very busy. An...

Striving for an anti-racist workplace

Alcinda Manuel Honwana is a social anthropologist from Mozambique. She joined the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) as Director of the Anti-Racism Team (ART) in December 2022. Prior to joining the United Nations, Alcinda was Centennial...

The Anti-Racism Advocates: moving from dialogue to action

The Strategic Action Plan on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All (SAP) at the United Nations Secretariat, outlines a mission to combat racism within the organization. The Anti-Racism Office oversees, coordinates, and monitors the SAP’s implementation by...

Argentine meteorologist makes history at WMO

As a child, Celeste Saulo wanted to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She loved physics and mathematics at school and an aptitude test suggested she would excel at computer science, geology, architecture, meteorology or astronomy. She was...

MeteoSwiss: taking the pulse of weather and climate

MeteoSwiss is the Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology. As Switzerland’s national weather and climate service, MeteoSwiss has been playing an important role in the country’s safety and prosperity for almost 160 years, providing the basis for decision-making...

FOCUS ON

The meaning of ethics at the UN

The United Nations stands as a beacon of international cooperation, aiming to foster peace, human rights, equality, and sustainable development across the globe. At the core of its operations lies a commitment to high ethical standards that guide its decision-making,...

Importance of due diligence when working with the private sector

The concept of partnerships as a vehicle through which the United Nations can facilitate actions to achieve development goals, has evolved over decades. The United Nations and the private sector have been actively collaborating around the world to address pressing...

The rise and evolution of ethics offices within the United Nations

Origins and mandate The first ethics office within the UN system was established in 2006, as a direct response to a call for action by the UN General Assembly following the 2005 World Summit. This highlighted the need to establish an independent preventive body whose...

Breaking the silence

Allow me to start at the beginning. On my first day in New York to take up the post of Special Adviser, I went to the Pass and ID office on 45th street to get my new grounds pass. As directed by the security guard, I stood in the queue. It was not very busy. An...

Striving for an anti-racist workplace

Alcinda Manuel Honwana is a social anthropologist from Mozambique. She joined the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) as Director of the Anti-Racism Team (ART) in December 2022. Prior to joining the United Nations, Alcinda was Centennial...

The Anti-Racism Advocates: moving from dialogue to action

The Strategic Action Plan on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All (SAP) at the United Nations Secretariat, outlines a mission to combat racism within the organization. The Anti-Racism Office oversees, coordinates, and monitors the SAP’s implementation by...

Argentine meteorologist makes history at WMO

As a child, Celeste Saulo wanted to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a teacher. She loved physics and mathematics at school and an aptitude test suggested she would excel at computer science, geology, architecture, meteorology or astronomy. She was...

MeteoSwiss: taking the pulse of weather and climate

MeteoSwiss is the Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology. As Switzerland’s national weather and climate service, MeteoSwiss has been playing an important role in the country’s safety and prosperity for almost 160 years, providing the basis for decision-making...

The future of migration

You have started as Director General of IOM at a time when the world is facing a multitude of humanitarian challenges. How do you intend to lead IOM to make it fit for purpose and be able to face these challenges? For too long, we’ve treated migration as a problem to...

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