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Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General (UN Photo)
Behind the Scenes of the United Nations General Assembly: Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly begins this week and the eyes of the world will be on United Nations Headquarters in New York and the high level debate with world leaders. Over the next week United Nations Academic Impact will introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes of the UNGA and they'll tell you what it's like to be on the front lines of what has been called the World Cup of Diplomacy and what it takes to pursue a career in international affairs. In the first interview from our series, meet Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Interpretation Booth at United Nations Headquarters in New York (UN Photo)
Behind the Scenes of the United Nations General Assembly: Mélida Buendía, Senior Spanish Interpreter

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly begins this week and the eyes of the world will be on United Nations Headquarters in New York and the high level debate with world leaders. Over the next week United Nations Academic Impact will introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes of the UNGA and they'll tell you what it's like to be on the front lines of what has been called the World Cup of Diplomacy and what it takes to pursue a career in international affairs. In today's profile, meet Mélida Buendía, Senior Spanish Interpreter in the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management, whose voice has been heard by thousands of delegates over her 20 year career covering the General Assembly.

Senior Protocol Officer Hans Grohmann (UN Photo)
Behind the Scenes of the United Nations General Assembly: Hans Grohmann, Senior Protocol Officer

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly begins this week and the eyes of the world will be on United Nations Headquarters in New York and the high level debate with world leaders. Over the next week United Nations Academic Impact will introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes of the UNGA and they'll tell you what it's like to be on the front lines of what has been called the World Cup of Diplomacy and what it takes to pursue a career in international affairs. In today's installment, meet Hans Grohmann,Senior Protocol Officer, who describes the secret to welcoming dignitaries from 193 countries.

Valdine Flaming (second from left, front row) with staff of the Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development in New Zealand (Photo: University of Manitoba)
Internship in New Zealand ‘life-changing’ for a Métis student of the University of Manitoba

Valdine Flaming, a Métis student of the University of Manitoba (Canada), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), participated in an internship programme at the Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development in Whanganui, New Zealand

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Regina helps UNAI with its website in Russian
Meet our volunteer translators: Regina

UNAI has been working over the past few months with a number of online volunteer translators who have made a valuable contribution to broadening the multilingualism of United Nations public information by making the UNAI website more accessible to speakers of different languages. This week we feature Akhenaton, who helps with the UNAI website in Russian

Special commemorative event on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the International Law Commission (Photo: UN Photo/Patrick Bertschmann)
UNAI Quiz: Good faith

The United Nations is based on the principle of good faith regarding the obligations assumed by its Members. This is the second of the principles stated in article 2 of the United Nations Charter. Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

Soumia helps UNAI with its website in Arabic
Meet our volunteer translator: Soumia

UNAI has been working over the past few months with a number of online volunteer translators who have made a valuable contribution to broadening the multilingualism of United Nations public information by making the UNAI website more accessible to speakers of different languages. This week we feature Akhenaton, who helps with the UNAI website in Arabic

International Court of Justice deliveres verdict in the case Equatorial Guinea v. France (Photo: UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ)
UNAI Quiz: Sovereign equality

The United Nations is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members. This is the first of the principles stated in article 2 of the United Nations Charter. Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

Akhenaton helps UNAI with its website in French
Meet our volunteer translator: Akhenaton

UNAI has been working over the past few months with a number of online volunteer translators who have made a valuable contribution to broadening the multilingualism of United Nations public information by making the UNAI website more accessible to speakers of different languages. This week we feature Akhenaton, who helps with the UNAI website in French

A close view of the original copy of the Charter of the United Nations kept in the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. (Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten)
UNAI Quiz: United Nations Charter

Universities understanding the value of the United Nations Charter can use educational tools to fulfill the principles laid out in the document and inspire their students to promote them as well. The tenth and last UNAI principle is "United Nations Charter - A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter". Take the UNAI Quiz about this principle!

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