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Where the sea reflects the sky

Gazing out to the Mediterranean Sea, my eyes followed the fishermen’s boats sprinkled across the shimmering water. Suggestive of all the things that come to mind when one gazes out to a sea being struck by the sun’s rays, the water sparkled like glitter: evoking a...

Tackling racism at the UN in Geneva slowly but surely

One year has passed since the UNOG Working Group on Addressing Racism in the Workplace, which you chair, was established. What are its main achievements? The main achievement is that, thanks to the Working Group, talking about racism is no longer taboo. Through...

UNDP now leads the way with its internship programs

This May, the Fair Internship Initiative published an update to the Internship Quality Index, which draws on data collected from interns across the UN System to transparently and systematically score and rank UN organizations according to the quality and inclusiveness...

Behind the scenes at the Information Service at the UN in Geneva

Miladin Bogetic, Press Officer. What does your regular work day look like? As the social media manager for @UNGeneva channels, I dedicate most of my time to creating and curating content for our five platforms: Twitter English, Twitter French, Facebook, Instagram, and...

The UN staff helping Ukraine feed the world

The first of two articles. We delve into the inner workings of the Joint Coordination Centre, which was set up by the UN, Türkiye, Russia and Ukraine to inspect food shipments out of Ukraine and ensure they comply with the conditions set down in the Black Sea Grain...

How the UN helped Russia and Ukraine reach a deal on food exports

The second of two articles. When war broke out between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, both among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world, UNCTAD chief Rebeca Grynspan was asked to calculate the impact and then negotiate, together...

Speaking with the media – how does it work?

The principal voice of the organization is the Secretary-General. He speaks to the media frequently, at Headquarters and when traveling. The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva is the voice of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Through the media and...

Poser ses limites pour vivre heureux au travail

Connaître ses limites, les exprimer et les faire respecter favorise l’instauration d’un cadre professionnel respectueux et harmonieux. En parler permet souvent de résoudre des situations source de mal être. Le bureau de l’Ombudsman peut vous aider à préparer ces...

INSIDE VIEW

The UN staff helping Ukraine feed the world

The first of two articles. We delve into the inner workings of the Joint Coordination Centre, which was set up by the UN, Türkiye, Russia and Ukraine to inspect food shipments out of Ukraine and ensure they comply with the conditions set down in the Black Sea Grain...

How the UN helped Russia and Ukraine reach a deal on food exports

The second of two articles. When war broke out between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, both among the most important producers of agricultural commodities in the world, UNCTAD chief Rebeca Grynspan was asked to calculate the impact and then negotiate, together...

Speaking with the media – how does it work?

The principal voice of the organization is the Secretary-General. He speaks to the media frequently, at Headquarters and when traveling. The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Geneva is the voice of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Through the media and...

Poser ses limites pour vivre heureux au travail

Connaître ses limites, les exprimer et les faire respecter favorise l’instauration d’un cadre professionnel respectueux et harmonieux. En parler permet souvent de résoudre des situations source de mal être. Le bureau de l’Ombudsman peut vous aider à préparer ces...

What does it mean to have a truly multilingual workforce?

How many languages do you speak? I grew up speaking English, then I studied German as my second language because of my family’s roots there. When I joined the US Foreign Service, I had more German training and served in Stuttgart and Frankfurt. I learned Russian...

When less is not more: Sound quality in remote interpreting

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, with its hard and soft lockdowns, more or less stringent travel restrictions, and varying limitations on indoor gatherings, the world of multilingual multilateral diplomacy, including that of the UN and its specialized agencies,...

Transformative power of mindful conversations

On a sunny afternoon in New York, we metwith Ms. Susan John, Chief of Office for the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (“the Office”) to review her first year in the position and discuss informal conflict resolution. Skilled and passionate Passionate...

Erasing microaggressions

The concept of microaggression in the workplace is nothing new for minorities, many of whom experience it based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, socioeconomic status or ability, and any combination thereof. Racial microaggression and its various...

Being a parent of a child with disabilities or special needs

Most of us are familiar with our entitlements as parents at the UN, but what if our child requires specialist medical or educational support? Some children need additional care to support their physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. How inclusive is our...

Breaking the mold

The United Nations system has been a rewarding and inspirational career choice for decades, and for the right reasons — it enables you to engage with people from all over the globe, work in a respected and safe atmosphere and, most importantly, create a lasting impact...

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