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Enjoy a summer staycation in Geneva

Summer is just around the corner and understandably, dreams of palm tree lined beaches and clownfish-filled waters are mitigated by thoughts of PCR tests and other covid-related anxieties. However, it may be time to reflect on what holidays are actually made of and to...

Quand la pandémie incite le tourisme suisse à se réinventer

La pandémie a un impact désastreux sur le secteur touristique, est-ce l’occasion de repenser les modèles existants ? «Never let a good crisis go to waste» a dit Churchill. De nouvelles tendances se dessinent et nous devons être prêts à y répondre. Dans le domaine du...

Discover your home city

Enjoy a leisurely stroll tracing landmarks that reveal 2000 years of history. Along the way you can enrich your experience by visiting proposed sites and museums. Let’s start at the beginning of the Geneva story in front of the Jet d’Eau in the Jardin Anglais. Over...

Lakeview dining for post-lockdown locals

Our second summer during the Covid-19 pandemic has arrived, and with it comes the promise of recovering lost tastebuds with delectable dishes from some of Geneva’s finest open-air rooftops and terraces. I have devised a new meaning for ‘Covid-restrictions’. No longer...

What do you know about the UN’s mental health strategy?

The workplace mental health and well-being strategy, which was formally launched by the Secretary-General in October 2018 and applies to all United Nations entities, is designed to make the system more effective by optimizing the psychological health of staff,...

Bien-être au travail : le nouveau défi des grandes entreprises

Aujourd‘hui, un tiers des travailleurs suisses sont en situation de stress ou au bord du burn-out », rapporte David Grandjean, porte-parole de Promotion Santé Suisse, une association qui offre des outils de gestion de la santé en entreprise, ainsi qu’un label de...

Breaking the blue glass ceiling: The tenth UN Secretary-General

13 December 2021. At long last, the blue glass ceiling has shattered. Millions watched as she was sworn in, long overdue, her hand on a copy of the UN Charter, the first female in history to take the oath of office to become the tenth United Nations Secretary-General....

Make the Secretary-General selection more transparent

For 70 years the appointment of the Secretary-General was shrouded in secrecy. It was the exclusive preserve of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, discussing, and at times even voting on, names without the candidate in question’s knowledge, let alone that...

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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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