In September 58 staff from FAO, IOM, PAHO/WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDSS, UNFPA, UNICEF and the UN RCO participated in a training on the Core and LGBTI modules of the UN for All programme. The modules highlight a new stage in the work of UN Cares on stigma and discrimination and human rights.
Topics included Unconscious Bias; the human realities related to sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health status, and substance abuse; and the language of inclusion. The sessions built on previous activities hosted by the inter-agency UN Cares Group that resulted in the UN Cares Guyana team winning the UN Cares Global Award for reaching UN staff with UN Cares Learning Sessions in 2014.
UN Cares Minimum Standard 10, which highlights managerial commitment, was fully embraced with the high level of support of the UN Country Team, who were present along with their staff. The sessions were interactive and participatory, which was well received by staff. “Trainings like these should be annual and included in orientation for new staff,” said Shonelle Chase-Wishart, Programme Associate at the UNDP office. Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka noted that the training provided insight into the need for the creation of a more respectful and non-discriminatory work place. “Now we need to translate this into action,” she said.
The UN for All training provided an opportunity for strategic reflection on how staff can make their work place and the UN system an inclusive work environment free of discrimination. UN for All is a UN System-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the UN workplace.