INSIDE VIEW

Two colleagues and their podcast

Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, Producer and Commentator of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, are the team behind a successful series that has now reached its 50th podcast. How did you come up with the concept for this podcast? Daniel:...

How to foster equity in the UN V2.0

The UN Secretariat, which has been operating now for more than 76 years, employs a large workforce scattered across the globe. Its headquarters is based in New York City and several “offices away from Headquarters (OAH’s) located in Geneva, Vienna, Bangkok, Santiago...

Re-imagining the imperfect UN

The political scientist Thomas Weiss critically asked in his 2018 book: “Would the world be better without the UN?” While the attempt at posing a counterfactual question looks good, in reality it does not really matter how one would answer the question. The truth is...

The UN’s staff selection system should focus on internal talent

Joining the United Nations as a staff member is certainly not the easiest task. It requires (endless) patience and resolve, often leads to frustration, confrontation with very personal and disruptive obstacles, or simply inner resignation. Those who do manage to get a...

The UN’s parental leave policies need to change

In our first article published on 9 November 2021, we relied on our own experiences to raise awareness about the insufficient maternity and paternity leave offered by the UN. We also highlighted the fact that the education grant only applies from the start of primary...

Are unpaid remote internships a new dystopian reality at the UN?

The blue light shines, notifications buzz and emails come in at night because of the time difference. Most of them, like me, need to live with parents to save on rent. They can only engage with UN staff digitally, and they often get long tasks: excel sheets that need...

Pouvoir transformateur de l’éducation

Passionné, M. Yao Ydo sait captiver son auditoire lorsqu’il parle de l’importance d’une éducation adaptée au contexte local. Fort de plus de deux décennies d’expérience au sein de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO), et...

Where there is a will there is a way

“Be the change you want to see” is the call to action from the recently appointed Working Group* on Addressing Racism in the Workplace, tasked with supporting the Director-General of UN Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya, to develop a clear response to racial discrimination. ...

COP 26 through the eyes of a Chinese translator

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow (commonly known as COP 26) concluded on 12 November 2021, with the successful adoption of the Glasgow Climate Pact. This was my ninth COP since I joined the United Nations Office at Geneva in 2012. As always,...

INSIDE VIEW

The UN’s staff selection system should focus on internal talent

Joining the United Nations as a staff member is certainly not the easiest task. It requires (endless) patience and resolve, often leads to frustration, confrontation with very personal and disruptive obstacles, or simply inner resignation. Those who do manage to get a...

The UN’s parental leave policies need to change

In our first article published on 9 November 2021, we relied on our own experiences to raise awareness about the insufficient maternity and paternity leave offered by the UN. We also highlighted the fact that the education grant only applies from the start of primary...

Are unpaid remote internships a new dystopian reality at the UN?

The blue light shines, notifications buzz and emails come in at night because of the time difference. Most of them, like me, need to live with parents to save on rent. They can only engage with UN staff digitally, and they often get long tasks: excel sheets that need...

Pouvoir transformateur de l’éducation

Passionné, M. Yao Ydo sait captiver son auditoire lorsqu’il parle de l’importance d’une éducation adaptée au contexte local. Fort de plus de deux décennies d’expérience au sein de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO), et...

Where there is a will there is a way

“Be the change you want to see” is the call to action from the recently appointed Working Group* on Addressing Racism in the Workplace, tasked with supporting the Director-General of UN Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya, to develop a clear response to racial discrimination. ...

COP 26 through the eyes of a Chinese translator

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow (commonly known as COP 26) concluded on 12 November 2021, with the successful adoption of the Glasgow Climate Pact. This was my ninth COP since I joined the United Nations Office at Geneva in 2012. As always,...

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...

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