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Equal parenting at the UN – it’s about time

“We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture and male-dominated power structures. This has inevitably affected the institutional culture of the United Nations...” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his opening remarks at virtual dialogue...

Make racism wrong!

A person is stopped to be questioned by security for looking ‘suspicious’ within UN premises while their white colleagues pass through with ease. A speech prepared for an Under-Secretary-General is stripped of a line mentioning racial equity before delivery. A person...

UNDT and UNAT: Defining the role

There is no doubt that the judges in the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) act independently, within the laws provided and without fear or favour in reaching their decisions. It appears, however, that the judicial...

The world through the UN lens: ITC young professionals on mission

“My first mission for the UN – to Niamey, Niger – was a mix of emotions: I was excited, curious, nervous and happy. That’s when I realised that I – as a part of ITC team – could bring a change, the change for better.” Camilo Giraldo (Colombia), Trade and Market...

We miss being able to understand the voices in our heads

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our way of working. Most notably, meetings have moved online. However, over the last year it has become unfortunately apparent that the Remote Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI) platforms present a...

Connections beyond hierarchies

Mira Perrier, one of the co-creators of the award-winning global conecta project, joined the United Nations in 2008 at the age of 23 and currently works for the Centre for Learning and Multilingualism (CLM). When she saw the call for ideas for the Dragon’s Den...

Palais guided tours during Covid and renovations

The Visitors’ Service at UN Geneva is gradually opening up! Like all other entities at UN Geneva, the Visitors’ Service faced many challenges in this time of sanitary crisis, starting with our sudden closing in March 2020. Until then, the Visitors’ Service had been...

A new face for the Division of Conference Management at UNOG

You have recently been appointed Director of the Division of Conference Management (DCM) at UNOG. Could you share with us more information about your career path that made it possible for you to be selected for this important position? I have had various roles since...

INSIDE VIEW

Connections beyond hierarchies

Mira Perrier, one of the co-creators of the award-winning global conecta project, joined the United Nations in 2008 at the age of 23 and currently works for the Centre for Learning and Multilingualism (CLM). When she saw the call for ideas for the Dragon’s Den...

Palais guided tours during Covid and renovations

The Visitors’ Service at UN Geneva is gradually opening up! Like all other entities at UN Geneva, the Visitors’ Service faced many challenges in this time of sanitary crisis, starting with our sudden closing in March 2020. Until then, the Visitors’ Service had been...

A new face for the Division of Conference Management at UNOG

You have recently been appointed Director of the Division of Conference Management (DCM) at UNOG. Could you share with us more information about your career path that made it possible for you to be selected for this important position? I have had various roles since...

Independence for the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals

A tribunal must be separated from the other arms of governance, that is the legislature, as represented in the United Nations context by the General Assembly and the executive, as represented by the Secretariat. Separation must be such that the judges have security of...

For working mothers, flexibility is everything

Throughout our lives as modern women, we wear multiple identities. Every day, maybe even every hour, we switch between the various roles we play: woman, professional, mother. I’m a wife, a mother of three and a professional woman with career ambitions. I’m a strong...

The UN is a beacon for translators around the world

Translators can be strange people. Usually they are happy to stay in the background, quietly working the magic that can transform an incomprehensible mess into a serviceable working document. However, if you make an ill-advised comment showing that you have not...

Is there a career development for YPP staff members at the UN?

National Competitive examination (NCE) and Young Professional Programe (YPP) staff members, having passed through highly competitive and rigorous written and oral examinations, which are mandated by the General Assembly to improve the geographic representation of the...

UN’s new harassment policy: You win some, you lose some

‍‍WINS 1)      Introduces neutral terminology and recognises range of impact from a single act of misconduct. The Policy uses “targeted individual”, “affected individual”, “impacted individual” separately, and explicitly addresses “non-staff personnel”. It recognizes...

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