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If life gives us lemons, let’s make lemonade !

Yes we all can: ageing with commitment, creativity, and dynamism ! The Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells) was created 12 years ago. Greycells has always been inspired by Charles Darwin’s “It is not the strongest of the...

UNOG Staff Coordinating Council News at a glance

Our Town Hall on 7 May   A total of 850 staff members attended our first ever virtual Town Hall.  We raised several issues of importance, namely: UN plans for return to office  We have been in close and continuous consultation with UNOG Administration on the safe...

Don’t forget the consultants

Consultants are the forgotten workforce at the UN, even if they sometimes or often sit side by side with colleagues. With precarious contracts, low wages and a status that keeps them half in and half out of the UN system, it’s time to shed a light on the way the UN...

Return to the office at the time of COVID-19

Ms. Daniela Wuerz, Senior Coordination Officer at UNOG, has been at the forefront of UNOG’s plan for the return to office. She shared with UN Today how she’s facing the enormous task ahead and how will staff be returning safely to the Palais des Nations. It all starts...

Interview: Deputy High Commissioner Ms. Nada Al-Nashif

UN Today had the chance to interview the new Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, who joined OHCHR on 10 February 2020. In order to get to know the DHC better, UN Today asked the DHC a number of questions – both professional and personal. You...

UNOG Staff Coordinating Council News at a glance

UN Today In 2019 the Staff Council took the unanimous decision to separate from the WHO and to start to produce its very own magazine- the UN Today. The aim of this brand-new magazine is to produce articles of direct interest to UN staff, missions, and diplomats on a...

A time for civility and office kinship

The Covid-19 pandemic strongly impacts our habits, as working virtually for longer periods is a new experience for many. We offer you some tips to make this work!Your Ombudsman is here to help! In this trying period, your Regional Ombudsman, Mr. Theotocatos, and his...

A Healthy Workforce for a Better World

28th of April International day for safety and health at workHave you heard about the UN’s Mental Health and Well-being Strategy? UN staff, diplomats and international employees, are often attracted to working in the humanitarian field, we want to make the world a...

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L’ONU Genève oeuvre pour le bien-être de son personnel

Face aux défis posés par l’actuelle pandémie de COVID‑19 sur la santé et le moral de son personnel, l’ONU Genève mise sur la solidarité à travers plusieurs initiatives. L’ONU Genève face aux nouvelles réalités apportées par COVID-19 La pandémie de COVID-19 qui sévit...

Beyond the Gender Binary

As the UN system looks to reform and make efforts for a more inclusive and diverse work force, what will this mean for the most unrepresented members of society in particular gender diverse persons? The buzz words these days in the UN HR corridors is the future of...

Coumba Mar Gadio : un parcours exceptionnel, une femme de terrain

Olivier Meyer, Paloma Redondo * Coumba Mar Gadio, Coordonnatrice résidente du système des Nations Unies en Zambie, évoque pour UN Today ses vingt années d’activité à l’ONU et les défis professionnels et personnels qu’implique un tel engagement Curiosité et ouverture...

United Nations’ Invisible Workforce

Unequal gender norms and sexism makes women and interns more vulnerable within our Organisation. According to the 2018 review of UN internship programmes, from 2009 to 2015 female interns made up 56% of all UN Secretariat interns, with male counterparts accounting for...

Non à l’inégalité salariale !

Face à l'injustice en matière salariale les fonctionnaires de l’ONUG ne baissent toujours pas les bras Février 2020 a marqué le deuxième anniversaire de l’introduction des coupes salariales pour les fonctionnaires de la catégorie professionnelle et au-delà basés à...

Interview with Shireen Dodson, UN Ombudsman

The UN Ombudsman reflects on her first year at the United Nations and shares her vision for 2020. We recently sat down with Ms. Dodson, UN Ombudsman, who joined the United Nations in September 2018. You have been appointed as UN Ombudsman a little over a year ago. How...

UN secretariat lagging behind on internship reform

By Fair Internship Initiative Mr. Guterres, why do you think interns should not be paid? It has been known for some time now that the UN Secretariat policy on internships requires reform. In 2018, the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) identified 16 benchmarks that...

UN pension fund: Two steps forward, one step back

The Assembly’s reform efforts of the past several years evoke the plight of that ancient toiler: Sisyphus: two steps forward, one step back. Real progress will require a change in the culture of the Board and fund Secretariat management. The United Nations General...

Interview with UNOG Director-General Ms. Tatiana Valovaya

What drives UNOG’s new DGUN Special speaks to the new UNOG Director-General on the people that inspired her, her role in the transformation of the Soviet Union, and the future of multilateralism in Geneva.I walked into the Director-General’s office. Unlike a previous...

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