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You are not alone: OSLA will assist you

OSLA provides confidential legal advice, assistance and representation to staff members of the Secretariat, agencies, funds and programs in relation to their contracts of employment, at no fee to the staff member. OSLA’s work is enormously varied, often it involves...

Running Switzerland during Covid

Just finished her second non-consecutive term as President of the Swiss Confederation. We spoke to Simonetta Sommaruga Born in Zug. Professional piano performer. Developed her career in the public sector covering economic affairs, environment, urban planning, health,...

From Jamaica to the world

Last autumn Pamela Coke-Hamilton took over as ITC’s Executive Director. She sat down with UN Today to talk about growing up in Jamaica, her different jobs, how Geneva has and hasn’t changed, and her still-far-off retirement plans Growing up in the small town of...

Une femme qui fait la différence

Sacrée « Woman who makes a difference » par l’International Women Forum, un puissant réseau international féminin Frédérique Bedos ne fait rien de convenu. Fondatrice du « Projet Imagine », elle ambitionne d’activer en chacun le pouvoir de rendre le monde meilleur....

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...

Would you want to work in the UN of the future?

Last month, a report from a management task force on the future of work at the UN caused considerable consternation among staff with a proposal for new, agile staff contracts. We asked two of those responsible for the report for their views on the future of work both...

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?

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...

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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 ?

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...

There is no alternative to Multilateralism in the 21st Century

Let us make no mistake: we are at an unprecedented defining moment in history which requests our utmost attention, whether we are citizens or leaders.We have all become forever interdependent First of all, the world population skyrocketed from 2.4 billion to over 7.8...

Nations Unies et Femmes : une lutte incessante

En 75 ans, la présence et le rôle des femmes au sein de l’ONU est toujours restée un thème central. Du combat de la première heure pour mentionner la différence de genre dans la Charte des Nations Unies, en passant par les années de promotion de la question, jusqu’à...

75 years of UNfair internships ?!

As the United Nations turns 75 years old in October, it is time for all of us to reflect on what the UN has and has not achieved over all those years. For many young people, the lack of payment of interns within the UN Secretariat is one of the failures that the UN...

Perspectives on Multilateralism and International Geneva

Celebrating UN75 amidst monumental challenges In October, the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will reach their peak. A fitting moment to look back on the past months and reflect on what lies ahead.The multilateral system is being challenged...

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