UN for All: A year in perspective

Published: 
7 October, 2016

UN for All

The UN Cares team has finally finished circling the globe preparing UN staff members on how to deliver the new UN for All modules. After the launch which took place in Geneva in June 2015, the UN Cares core team led 8 regional workshops to train facilitators reaching 262 participants from 107 countries. These facilitators are now delivering the Core module and the LGBT module to UN employees in their respective countries.

The first regional workshop took place in Thailand in December 2015 for the Asia-Pacific region and the last region to host the workshop was East and Southern Africa, with an event that took place in Johannesburg in July 2016.

UN for All consists of four modules. The first is the core module that deals with basic human rights principles, the power of language in the creation of an inclusive work environment, and unconscious bias, and gives an introduction to the basic concepts regarding substance use, disabilities, sexual orientation and gender identity, and mental health. The three remaining modules are specialized and each deal with sexual orientation and gender identity, disabilities and substance use. All modules are intended for face to face delivery and are greatly appreciated for the high degree of interactivity and original methodologies and content.

“The United Nations should be a model employer on inclusion, given the work we do in the world on ensuring the human rights of all are upheld. Some colleagues, who risk discrimination in their own countries, tell us that the United Nations is, for them, an employer of choice, because of its stand on human rights. Some UN for All content may be new or challenging; yet, it has been well received in every location to date, and it will help us to be that model employer,” says Laurie Newell, the Global Coordinator of UN Cares.

The modules have already reached more than 1200 UN staff members around the world including some prominent UN leaders such as: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Atul Khare, the Head of the Department of Field Support of the Department for Peacekeeping Operations; and Michael Moller, Director-General of UNOG. Participants often write in the evaluations that the modules should be mandatory for all, and that the experience is eye opening as well as enjoyable. The modules, as we have seen, are a great way for UN organisations to bring their diversity policies into action and to promote insightful dialogues with staff.

To learn more about the UN for All modules, please visit the dedicated page on our website; and to see pictures please take a look at our Facebook page. You can find the group photos of each workshop here: Asia-Pacific (Thailand), French West and Central Africa (Senegal), English West and Central Africa (Ghana), Caribbean (Jamaica), Latin America (Panama), Middle East and Northern Africa (Egypt), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kazakhstan), East and Southern Africa (South Africa).

To request a presentation of the UN for All modules in your country office please contact the UN Cares team in the country or write to info@uncares.org to find out who is the nearest facilitator that can lead the sessions.