In April 2014 we announced the 2014 edition of the UN Cares Award.This is the second edition of this initiative that seeks to recognize the outstanding work by UN Cares teams all over the world. Nine judges carefully reviewed all entries and selected a winner for each category plus 3 honorable mentions. Click here to see who the winners are and to find a message by the UN Secretary General addressed to the winning teams.
Take a look at some voices from around the world explaining why UN Cares continues to be relevant and necessary in the UN System. This video was presented at the last HR Network meeting in Rome on 16 July 2014. During that meeting the heads of HR of the UN System approved the continuation of UN Cares for the years 2016 and 2017.
To watch the video please click here
This is the follow-up to the 2012 edition of our UN Cares award. As you may remember in 2012 the winners were Mozambique, Costa Rica, Mongolia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Honourees were: Belarus, China, Fiji, Iran and Sudan. You can see more information about the winners in 2012 and the video from the UN Secretary General here
In 2014, we would like to hear from every corner in the world what UN Cares teams have done in the following categories:
UN Cares is pleased to announce the results of its 2013 global monitoring exercise, in which more than 10,000 respondents from 170 countries participated. In short, the UN system as a whole continues to make progress in achieving the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards, with most indicators being maintained or slight increased. That said, progress varies significantly between organizations. Importantly, the report confirms the impact of managerial commitment in achieving other minimum standards.
"...analysis reveals that managerial commitment is highly associated with increased knowledge and favourable behaviour and attitudes. Specifically, respondents who say management encourages participation in UN Cares activities also report being significantly more trusting of their colleagues. They are 65% more likely to know where to get HIV-related treatment and are nearly twice as likely to have attended a learning activity."
Hammamet, Tunis. Twenty-six UN staff members met in Hammamet for the UN Cares regional workshop for the Middle East and Northern Africa region (MENA). Participants represent 14 United Nations organisations in 11 countries in this region. As UN Cares focal points participants are tasked with being the drivers in the implementation of UN Cares, the UN system-wide workplace programme in their countries.
For five days the group explored all the elements associated with UN Cares and with how the UN System responds to HIV internally. Among the new tools that were shared were the new e-course module now available in many organisations, the new HIV service directory that will be released to the public soon, and the module on confidential handling of personal information.
UN Plus - the United Nations advocacy group of employees living with HIV—met with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss issues affecting staff members living with HIV including access to HIV treatment and travel restrictions. They also delivered messages from their key partners, namely people living with HIV and networks of key population such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and transgender people regarding their criminalization in some countries.
Mr. Ban stressed his personal commitment to working for and with the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society—including people living with HIV. He noted the critical work of the UN Plus members in transforming the UN from within around critical issues such as the elimination of stigma and discrimination in the workplace and pushing for affordable health coverage for all staff.
By Xavier Orellana
UN Cares, the UN system-wide workplace programme on HIV held its regional meeting for West and Central Africa on 8 – 13 April 2013, gathering 53 participants from 22 countries.
This meeting consisted of a three-day workshop where countries shared their achievements and challenges in regards to implementing this inter-agency programme. Participants were able to get acquainted with new materials and tools, such as a new e-course that all UN organisations will soon offer for their staff worldwide.
This meeting also included 3 days of "training of facilitators" to prepare participants for delivering learning sessions in their respective duty stations. UN Cares learning sessions are usually 4 hours long, and cover the basic information about HIV prevention, treatment, care, and UN policies about HIV in the UN workplace.
In 2012, UN Cares introduced the first round of UN Cares awards, to recognize excellence in the work of UN Cares teams at country level. Today, we are excited to announce the winners and honourees in the following categories.
During the induction training at UNAIDS Office
By Francisco Zita
Induction training for PEP starter kit custodians was organized by UN Cares in coordination and collaboration with WHO on 8 August with the aim to familiarize the custodians with the PEP starter kits, their role and UN Cares.
The course was opened by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Topping, who stressed the importance of PEP starter kit custodians for the UN Cares Minimum Standards as a benefit to staff and their dependents. In her remarks, Ms. Topping mentioned that PEP in Mozambique is a service integrated in the Delivering as One reform, and therefore the Custodians do not only serve their individual agencies, but the entire UN family.