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UN Geneva wins social media award second time in a row

Is there a way to define, measure, and evaluate “success” on social media? Are there some fixed indicators to do this? Can social media performance of different actors be ranked? The Geneva Engage Awards does exactly that. This joint initiative of the Geneva Internet...

How the UN is vaccinating staff in 152 countries

You are in charge of vaccinating UN staff. How many vaccines have you procured, which are they and when will they be made available? Are you making use of Russia’s kind offer to donate vaccinations to staff? The United Nations has thus far purchased sufficient...

The best photos of the 75th anniversary contest

The UN Today Editorial board selected these three photos that were deemed to be the best. Each photo is accompanied by comments from the Editorial Board, the author of the photo and the professional photographer, Geraldo Pestalozzi. Thanks to all participants for...

What did I learn from “Together Mentoring”?

Author: Catarinha Camarinhas In the current circumstances of social distancing and isolation that we have been living through in this COVID-19 era, we all became more introspective and reflective with regard to our choices. I saw the programme as a chance to take a...

The gender parity strategy isn’t working

One of the most persistent staffing problems in the United Nations system has been the search for gender parity. While the General Assembly has regularly emphasized their desire to see gender parity achieved, progress has been slow. For example, according to the...

Use gender-sensitive language

Since gender is attached to the noun in many languages, some non-native speakers of English presume that English is similar Or they simply may be unaware of the importance of gender neutrality, especially in today's world. Thus, they may write: When a student enrols...

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...

INSIDE VIEW

Use gender-sensitive language

Since gender is attached to the noun in many languages, some non-native speakers of English presume that English is similar Or they simply may be unaware of the importance of gender neutrality, especially in today's world. Thus, they may write: When a student enrols...

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....

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