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Rebeca Grynspan is the first… and she is listening

Economist, former Vice-President of Costa Rica (1994–1998), Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Finance Minister. At the United Nations Development Programme, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator, former...

Welcome UN(dis)ABILITIES!

UN(dis)ABILITIES is a newly launched self-advocacy group of staff of the United Nations organisations and of Permanent Missions to the UN, bringing together persons with disabilities, with dependents with disabilities, and those who are caregivers of persons with...

UN workers facing job insecurity

The moment he was offered an internship it felt like “a dream come true”. The young man, who was just about to finish his master’s studies, rushed to get “a professional haircut” and buy a business suit. After his metamorphosis, he tells in retrospect, he felt...

Through the eyes of a child of the world

Taking part in ‘global civil society’ is often thought of as a chosen path, a life choice taken as a matter of course on becoming an international civil servant. However, what about those who also share in the incredible experience of the global community without...

Equal parenting at the UN – it’s about time

“We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture and male-dominated power structures. This has inevitably affected the institutional culture of the United Nations...” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks at virtual dialogue...

Make racism wrong!

A person is stopped to be questioned by security for looking ‘suspicious’ within UN premises while their white colleagues pass through with ease. A speech prepared for an Under-Secretary-General is stripped of a line mentioning racial equity before delivery. A person...

UNDT and UNAT: Defining the role

There is no doubt that the judges in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) act independently, within the laws provided and without fear or favour in reaching their decisions. It appears, however, that the judicial...

The world through the UN lens: ITC young professionals on mission

“My first mission for the UN – to Niamey, Niger – was a mix of emotions: I was excited, curious, nervous and happy. That’s when I realised that I – as a part of ITC team – could bring a change, the change for better.” Camilo Giraldo (Colombia), Trade and Market...

We miss being able to understand the voices in our heads

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our way of working. Most notably, meetings have moved online. However, over the last year it has become unfortunately apparent that the Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI) platforms present a...

INSIDE VIEW

Rebeca Grynspan is the first… and she is listening

Economist, former Vice-President of Costa Rica (1994–1998), Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Finance Minister. At the United Nations Development Programme, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator, former...

Welcome UN(dis)ABILITIES!

UN(dis)ABILITIES is a newly launched self-advocacy group of staff of the United Nations organisations and of Permanent Missions to the UN, bringing together persons with disabilities, with dependents with disabilities, and those who are caregivers of persons with...

UN workers facing job insecurity

The moment he was offered an internship it felt like “a dream come true”. The young man, who was just about to finish his master’s studies, rushed to get “a professional haircut” and buy a business suit. After his metamorphosis, he tells in retrospect, he felt...

Through the eyes of a child of the world

Taking part in ‘global civil society’ is often thought of as a chosen path, a life choice taken as a matter of course on becoming an international civil servant. However, what about those who also share in the incredible experience of the global community without...

Equal parenting at the UN – it’s about time

“We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture and male-dominated power structures. This has inevitably affected the institutional culture of the United Nations...” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks at virtual dialogue...

Make racism wrong!

A person is stopped to be questioned by security for looking ‘suspicious’ within UN premises while their white colleagues pass through with ease. A speech prepared for an Under-Secretary-General is stripped of a line mentioning racial equity before delivery. A person...

UNDT and UNAT: Defining the role

There is no doubt that the judges in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) act independently, within the laws provided and without fear or favour in reaching their decisions. It appears, however, that the judicial...

The world through the UN lens: ITC young professionals on mission

“My first mission for the UN – to Niamey, Niger – was a mix of emotions: I was excited, curious, nervous and happy. That’s when I realised that I – as a part of ITC team – could bring a change, the change for better.” Camilo Giraldo (Colombia), Trade and Market...

We miss being able to understand the voices in our heads

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our way of working. Most notably, meetings have moved online. However, over the last year it has become unfortunately apparent that the Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI) platforms present a...

Connections beyond hierarchies

Mira Perrier, one of the co-creators of the award-winning global conecta project, joined the United Nations in 2008 at the age of 23 and currently works for the Centre for Learning and Multilingualism (CLM). When she saw the call for ideas for the Dragon’s Den...

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