United Nations: Staff

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th June 2016.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new developments and initiatives they are currently undertaking as part of their support for British candidates for senior positions in the UN and for the deployment of UK civilian staff with relevant expertise to key roles in the UN, both in its operations and at the UN Headquarters.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

It is in UK interests, and it is a Government priority, to encourage and support British candidates for senior positions in the UN and to promote the deployment of UK civilian staff with relevant expertise to key roles in the UN, both in its operations and at the UN Headquarters.

To this end the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has strengthened and restructured its team of officials working in this area. In collaboration with other government departments it is;

(i)

Targeting a broader range of UN agencies.

(ii)

Expanding the talent pool of potential UK candidates for top jobs and in parallel further developing pipelines for UK nationals coming through the ranks.

(iii)

Encouraging British nationals interested in international jobs to register on a specifically developed International Opportunities Database.

(iv)

Providing targeted support to candidates applying for positions of strategic importance to the Government.

(v)

Ensuring that these opportunities are communicated as widely as possible to attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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