The United Nations Website

I’m not sure when or how recently the UN overhauled their website, but it looks fantastic.  Clearly, someone in the right place heard the complaints about their crotchety website and the confusion about the actual structure and organization of the massive organism itself.

Let me tell ya, I like progress.

  • I can actually find the UN Radio News Service and sign up for the UN wire.
  • The Employment page is on the first page after one selects their language!!!!

The website has moved into the 21st century!  Heck, there is even a page spelling out the structure and organization of the UN in a clear and concise manner.

More importantly, the UN has passed a resolution to create a full fledged agency on par with UNICEF targeting issues specific to women. At the present moment this is a frustrated effort because there are four entities [the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues; the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women; and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)] that do not coordinate their activities.  Weirdly, none of these four groups report directly to the Secretary General.  But, all that is going to change with these groups being consolidated under UNIFEM.  UNIFEM will be headed by an Under-Secretary General which is the third highest ranking official position in the UN system.


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