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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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