|A Week in the life of a UN
Those who often, or sometimes, ask, What do these Information
Centres do, even if they themselves use their services, are advised
to take a closer look. In addition to about 35 mandated events
which they are expected, by the General Assembly, by the international
community and by the various offices of the Secretariat, to cover;
in addition to the feedback they send daily to Headquarters and
their active defence of the UN whenever any item appears anywhere;
and in addition to lectures, seminars and meetings they organize
-- UNICs extend substantive help to a variety of visiting emissaries,
every one of whom places utmost urgency on their visits.
Unlike accountants, media communicators cannot always show the
outcome of every minute's work. The time spent in averting a negative
article can never be measured nor even reported in clocked terms.
Take, for instance, a week in the life of one Information Centre:
Paris. In addition to performing their daunting functions, the
last week of June witnessed the following major activities:
· A major joint event between French President Jacques Chirac
and UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown to launch the Human
· The Secretary-General's visit.
· Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette's impressive appearance
at Forum 2000 - For a Better World, organized jointly between
the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
and the World Bank.
· A meeting of European Ministers on development questions.
· A roundtable discussion, five years after the 1995 World Summit
for Social Development held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the subject
of poverty and sustainable development.
· The appointment of a new French UN Under-Secretary-General
for Peacekeeping Operations.
It is only because of total dedication and professional commitment
that these outstanding staff, all in the Information Centres,
are able to deliver.