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The foundations of the Geneva Alliance Against Racism

Racism has been officially recognized by Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Ms. Tatiana Valovaya. In 2022, she said: “Unfortunately, racial discrimination is alive and well at the United Nations”, adding “As surveys have indicated, a great...

Have you considered mediation?

Aisha was uncomfortable when one of her junior staff shouted at her in public. Dina was upset when she felt micromanaged by her supervisor and was not allowed to fully express herself. Jose thought his performance appraisal was unfair and that the breadth of his work...

Forbes under 30: collective mindsets spur climate action

Walker Darke, former ECE Consultant and now Forbes under 30 2023, is recognized for vital work on the UN’s 2050 Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, emphasizing immediate action and global cooperation to combat climate change. Now 28, he was brought up in Wolverhampton, UK, and...

Reflecting on disability inclusion at the United Nations

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Rózsa Illés-Valette offers her reflections on her over five-year tenure at the United Nations (UN). Drawing from her experiences at UN offices such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner...

UN-ANDI: eradicating systemic racism within the UN

In 2020, the UN Secretary-General made formal acknowledgement that racism exists within the United Nations in 2020. He said, “Racism is the repudiation of our common humanity - of the Charter of the United Nations – of all that we are and all that we do. We must...

Are decisions based on gender or personal choices?

When I was nine years old and in the fourth grade, my teacher said to me: “Someday, I see you working for the United Nations”. At that time, I did not know what the “United Nations” was. I asked my teacher that question and she replied, “It’s a big place that helps...

Building a sustainable world

Working for UNCTAD for more than 12 years is no mean feat, and yet Milasoa Chérel-Robson has not stopped there. Originally from Madagascar and with an economist background, she has the experience and knowledge to bridge the gap between numbers and social inequality....

Fully automated speech-to-text (FAST) goes multilingual

Over the past five years, a small team in the Division of Conference Management (DCM) at the United Nations Office at Geneva has been working with the Advanced Technology Applications Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to teach a deep...

Staff mental health: a shared responsibility

The past decades have witnessed increased attention to mental health. And while the UN has made progress in this field, mental health is still predominantly considered a management tool by the organization. This approach misses the essence of mental health, which has...

INSIDE VIEW

Have you considered mediation?

Aisha was uncomfortable when one of her junior staff shouted at her in public. Dina was upset when she felt micromanaged by her supervisor and was not allowed to fully express herself. Jose thought his performance appraisal was unfair and that the breadth of his work...

Forbes under 30: collective mindsets spur climate action

Walker Darke, former ECE Consultant and now Forbes under 30 2023, is recognized for vital work on the UN’s 2050 Carbon Neutrality Roadmap, emphasizing immediate action and global cooperation to combat climate change. Now 28, he was brought up in Wolverhampton, UK, and...

Reflecting on disability inclusion at the United Nations

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Rózsa Illés-Valette offers her reflections on her over five-year tenure at the United Nations (UN). Drawing from her experiences at UN offices such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner...

UN-ANDI: eradicating systemic racism within the UN

In 2020, the UN Secretary-General made formal acknowledgement that racism exists within the United Nations in 2020. He said, “Racism is the repudiation of our common humanity - of the Charter of the United Nations – of all that we are and all that we do. We must...

Are decisions based on gender or personal choices?

When I was nine years old and in the fourth grade, my teacher said to me: “Someday, I see you working for the United Nations”. At that time, I did not know what the “United Nations” was. I asked my teacher that question and she replied, “It’s a big place that helps...

Building a sustainable world

Working for UNCTAD for more than 12 years is no mean feat, and yet Milasoa Chérel-Robson has not stopped there. Originally from Madagascar and with an economist background, she has the experience and knowledge to bridge the gap between numbers and social inequality....

Fully automated speech-to-text (FAST) goes multilingual

Over the past five years, a small team in the Division of Conference Management (DCM) at the United Nations Office at Geneva has been working with the Advanced Technology Applications Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to teach a deep...

Staff mental health: a shared responsibility

The past decades have witnessed increased attention to mental health. And while the UN has made progress in this field, mental health is still predominantly considered a management tool by the organization. This approach misses the essence of mental health, which has...

How the Ombudsman can help with your performance conversations

Ongoing and meaningful performance conversations are at the center of the UN Performance Management and Development System. The new approach envisages year-round conversations between supervisees and supervisors to ensure professional growth, learning and improvement...

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