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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...

The SG should speak for the peoples of the world

In its resolution 69/321 of 11 September 2015, the General Assembly reaffirmed Article 97 of the UN Charter and rule 141 of its own rules of procedure which provide for the appointment of the Secretary-General by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the...

The staff view on Antonio Guterres: what is his legacy?

It’s been four and a half years since Antonio Guterres assumed the position of Secretary- General. Many readers of UN Today, being keen followers of international affairs, will right now be discussing the legacy of his first term. We will skip his contribution to...

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...

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The staff view on Antonio Guterres: what is his legacy?

It’s been four and a half years since Antonio Guterres assumed the position of Secretary- General. Many readers of UN Today, being keen followers of international affairs, will right now be discussing the legacy of his first term. We will skip his contribution to...

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 open-space and COVID-19 agree to live together in 2021?

As part of the renovation of the Palais des Nations, staff at UNOG are due to move to the new H building which features open space and hot-desking, during the first quarter of 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic is giving rise to many concerns and fears among staff at a time...

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