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A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Stephanie Fillion. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

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A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Stephanie Fillion. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

    Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides

    Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides

    Indonesia assumes the Security Council presidency this month, and two big items are on its agenda: burgeoning its role as a 'bridge builder' between small and large powers on the Council, and transitioning the Council to in-person voting on Council resolutions. On today's show, we hear from Indonesian Ambassador to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani, as well as Dr. Moch Faisal Karim, Assistant Professor in International Relations at Bina Nusantara University, located in the in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Although Indonesia is a regional power in Southeast Asia and the fourth most populated country in the world, Ambassador Djani describes his country's diplomatic style in the UN Security Council as “quiet” — an approach requiring patience and tolerance of its members.

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    Ep. 26: How to Get a Job at the UN

    Ep. 26: How to Get a Job at the UN

    It is no secret that the global economy has taken a major hit from Covid-19. While graduations from universities, colleges and other schools were canceled or moved online, there is still an entire class of young people entering the job market who are passionate about multilateralism, global development, human rights and sustainability. But how can they land a coveted, highly competitive entry-level job at the United Nations or a related agency, in a pandemic? On today's episode, we chat with Stephanie Playford, the founder of United Career Coalition, an organization that advises students and young professionals on their careers and how to get noticed by the UN bureaucracy. We also chat with Daniel Naujoks, the interim director of the International Organization and UN Studies specialization at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs ("SIPA"), as well as two job-seekers: Monica Olveira, a former Global Citizenship Fellow and Community Engagement Associate at Unicef USA, and Nigina Khaitova, a graduate of SIPA whose lifelong dream is to work at the UN.

    Clarification: Stephanie Playford worked as a personal assistant for Mohamed ElBaradei from 2009 to 2012, after he retired as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 25: Can German Diplomacy Thrive Without Chancellor Merkel?

    Ep. 25: Can German Diplomacy Thrive Without Chancellor Merkel?

    Germany is regarded as one of the most powerful defenders of multilateralism in the world right now and has largely resisted the current global wave of populism and isolationism. But Chancellor Angela Merkel, the face of Germany since 2005, is retiring in 2021. What role will the country play on the world stage without her? As Germany begins its last presidency of the Security Council in its two-year term in July, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen shares his plans for the month and his vision for Germany's future, promising that its light will not fade at the UN and in Europe. We also chat with Patrick Rosenow, editor-in-chief of the German Review on the UN, who knows his facts and figures on Germany in the UN. In July, he says that Germany’s ambition for the UN to appoint a special envoy on climate change and security will be important to watch.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

    • 15 min
    Ep. 24: Elders and Youth Reflect on the UN's 75th Birthday

    Ep. 24: Elders and Youth Reflect on the UN's 75th Birthday

    Happy Birthday, UN Charter! As the United Nations turns 75, UN-Scripted looks at the past, present and future of the organization through the sharp eyes of elders and youth. In this episode, you’ll hear from former heads of states, diplomats and United Nations officials on what they believe are the UN’s greatest accomplishments and the path ahead for the organization.

    In this episode, you'll hear strong, controversial opinions: disillusioned UN youth delegates, elders desperate for international cooperation and pro-Asian scholars who believe the region is bound to lead the world soon. You’ll also hear from leading UN scholars who look at the key events that have shaped the United Nations since its its inception.

    For more information about our guests, in order of appearance:
    • Stephen Schlesinger, United States, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation and former Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School; author of, among other books, “Act of Creation: The Founding of The United Nations," available here: https://www.amazon.com/Act-Creation-Founding-United-Nations/dp/0813332753
    • Thomas G. Weiss, United States, Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and former director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at CUNY; author of numerous books on the UN. For more information: https://www.futureun.org/en/Home
    • Fabrizio Hochschild, Chile, Special Adviser to Secretary-General António Guterres on the Commemoration of the UN-75th Anniversary. The United Nations worldwide survey is available at: https://www.un.org/UN75
    • Mary Robinson, Ireland, Former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and currently Chair of The Elders. Mary Robinson has also discussed human rights and multilateral cooperation in a post-pandemic world with fellow members of The Elders in special episodes of a new podcast series called “Finding Humanity”. The series also features interviews with frontline activists and human rights defenders working for change in their communities. Listen here: findinghumanitypodcast.com
    • Sir Richard Jolly, United Kingdom, Former Deputy Director of Unicef and a UN Assistant Secretary-General
    • Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore, Former Permanent Representative to the UN and Distinguished Fellow at the National University of Singapore. His book, "Has China Won," is available at: https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/kishore-mahbubani/has-china-won/9781541768123/
    • Carol Bellamy, United States, Former Executive Director of Unicef
    • Justin Yifu Lin, China, Former Chief Economist at the World Bank and Dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University.
    • Edward Mortimer, United Kingdom, Former Director of Communications for Secretary-General Kofi Annan

    And our youth leaders:
    • Côme Girschig, France, Representative at the UN’s 2019 Youth Climate Change Summit
    • Yen Ba Vu, Vietnam, Law and History Student
    • Dr. Joannie M. Bewa, Benin, Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocate and UN Youth Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Sophie Arsenault, Canada, delivered a speech on behalf of Canada at the UN

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    And check out our sponsors!
    • The Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom offers a one-year masters degree program in United Nations and Diplomatic Studies. www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/united-nations-and-diplomatic-studies
    • Fordham University offers a Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies via online and evening classes at Fordham's campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan. fordham.edu/mshs.
    • The Fletcher School at Tufts University offers a two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a one-year master’s degree program for mid-car

    • 46 min
    Ep. 23: It’s French only in le Conseil de sécurité in June

    Ep. 23: It’s French only in le Conseil de sécurité in June

    Bonjour! If you want to learn a new language to add to your list of quarantine ambitions, now may be the time to learn some very basic French — at least diplomatic French. In June, France assumes the Security Council presidency and is insisting on leading its meetings in la langue de Molière. On the show, we're joined by two longtime French diplomats: France’s current ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Rivière, who played a key role in the negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, and a former French ambassador to the UN and to the US,Gérard Araud. Both interviews took place in New York City.

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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer experts working to advance good governance and fight corruption in poor countries.

    Now, more than ever, health systems face major capacity challenges in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This makes many countries vulnerable to mismanagement and corruption as governments and aid agencies pursue ambitious programs to fight the disease.

    PTF’s rapid response programs empower local civil society groups to monitor aid distribution, ensuring that aid efficiently reaches the people who need it most and creating long lasting improvements in public health systems.

    To learn more about PTF’s work or to start a conversation about how to increase citizen engagement in your own projects, visit ptfund.org.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

    • 20 min
    Ep. 22: The UN’s Top Doc Checks Out, Returning to Australia

    Ep. 22: The UN’s Top Doc Checks Out, Returning to Australia

    Dr. Jillann Farmer has managed her share of crises as United Nations medical director, such as the Ebola outbreak in 2014 in West Africa and the Syrian chemical attacks that occurred in the country soon after that epidemic. Last winter, Dr. Farmer was ready to move on to a new job after 7 years at the UN to return to her native Australia, when the coronavirus pandemic quickly incapacitated New York City, putting the thousands of UN employees working at the Headquarters at risk. In this exclusive interview, from Australia, Dr. Farmer shares her perspective on the UN's preparedness and response to the pandemic, particularly in New York City, the epicenter of the virus in the United States. As she says, the crisis forced the UN medical team to contend with the biggest emergency response they has ever known, right at home.

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    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue
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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer experts working to advance good governance and fight corruption in poor countries.

    Now, more than ever, health systems face major capacity challenges in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This makes many countries vulnerable to mismanagement and corruption as governments and aid agencies pursue ambitious programs to fight the disease.

    PTF’s rapid response programs empower local civil society groups to monitor aid distribution, ensuring that aid efficiently reaches the people who need it most and creating long lasting improvements in public health systems.

    To learn more about PTF’s work or to start a conversation about how to increase citizen engagement in your own projects, visit ptfund.org.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Estonia

Excellent audio. Informative and provocative. UN affairs are so under- reported, this podcast is most newsworthy.

StephenJPM ,

Unique perspective, highly engaging and interesting

Stumbled upon this today and really enjoyed it. I always wondered what happens at the UN and how it effects the world we live in so hearing from its leaders first hand was engaging

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Audio adverts over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional

This podcast advertises their sponsors using loud audio over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional and off-putting. Had to struggle to listen to the person talking.

Why? I hope it was an omission during editing.

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