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How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism & How it Cannot

This opinion piece was first published by IPS on 23 February 2021.The following is an analysis marking International Mother Language Day, which was commemorated on February 21, on “How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism While Being Realistic -- & How it...

After 20 years I lost my job at the UN, now I am a Consultant

What is like to lose your job after 20 years on a permanent contract? A colleague, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells us his journey. I had a permanent position in one of the most respected UN specialized scientific organizations. After an internal restructuring...

Interpreting the interpreter

The portfolio of adjectives becomes immense when referring to talented individuals – and sometimes you just cannot find the right one. This is what happened when I had the opportunity to talk to Vilmos. Sorry, to Guillermo. Sorry, to Alberto. Apologies, to all three....

Caught between two worlds

People working in the international organizations are often caught between two different worlds; a formal diplomatic one and a more informal collegial one.  Do you write UNese style? Many tell me that when they joined the United Nations, they came from the private...

What the Staff Council has been doing for you

Town hall on Equal Pay In early August we organized a town hall on Equal Pay, where we invited an OSLA lawyer to make a brief presentation following the judgement of the UN Dispute Tribunal, to explain on the grounds to appeal the judgement to the UN Appeals Tribunal....

The new frontier of human rights

Empowering the UN Human Rights Office with a digital view In this November edition, the UN Human Rights Office and Microsoft share insights from their 5-year partnership and its concrete outcomes. Promoting and protecting the human rights since 1993 Since its creation...

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Au coin du bureau, l’aventure

Je vais vous raconter comment, dans l’urgence et en un temps record, j’ai pu mettre en place un système informatique qui a permis au Service médical de l’ONU Genève de gérer les collègues confrontés au COVID-19. Début mars 2020, partie de Chine, l'épidémie de COVID-19...

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...

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