Habpost - Issue 010 (July 2nd, 2020)
2020 has so far brought to us one challenge after the other. From the Australia bushfires to the killing of George Floyd and the never-ending coronavirus pandemic, this year has already produced its fair share of turmoil. We are now in July, a time when many of us would usually start to step out of the office to leave for more exciting and relaxing horizons. Things won’t be that easy this year, as our ability to move freely has been hampered, and as we worry about our health and that of our loved ones. But just like any other year, the need for us all to take a break and breathe is still vital — perhaps now even more than ever. This week’s issue of HabPost takes a break from the seriousness of most of our past issues and invites you to do the same. Our feature story will tell you just why it is so important for you to disconnect from work for a while, and ways to do so during the pandemic. So do have a read, and enjoy your holidays!
Habpost - Issue 009 (June 18th, 2020)
This is the second iteration of HabPost 2.0, and it is already time for our first special issue. In light of recent events in the US and across the globe following the death of George Floyd, we have all been reminded that racism and discrimination is our problem. UN-Habitat has recently issued a statement on the topic (https:// unhabitat.org/statement-by-un-habitat-on-racism-anddiscrimination), and here at HabPost we are doing our share to put everything back in context and give a voice to affected colleagues. You will (re)discover in this issue why non-discrimination is at the core of the UN’s values, and how it drives our work and mission at UN-Habitat. We hope this issue will also provide you with information and resources you might not be aware of, and reinforce the pride you take in your work as a part of the UN family. In the meantime, we encourage you to remain cautious in your daily routine. While the coronavirus might be “outshined” by other news, it is still very much present and gaining in intensity globally. So keep healthy and strong — “normal” isn’t back on the agenda just yet.
HabPost - Issue 008 (June 6th, 2020)
As promised, we have re-oriented HabPost to bring to you a more structural news package. No more COVID-19 exclusives, but keep in mind that the virus is still around, so we will continue to keep you updated on important information.
In a previous issue, we had explained what HabPost would look like post COVID-19 issues. The menu highlights the information you will be able to find (or not) in each issue. While this forms the basic structure of HabPost, you can expect to receive special issues including a feature article focused as much as possible on colleagues and their own stories. Special as they may be, you might see quite a few of them the first few weeks as we feel there is a lot to share. So stay tuned — the news is coming.
Habpost - Issue 007 (May 21st, 2020)
This week marks a turning point for HabPost. Today’s issue will be the last focusing on COVID-19, and we’ll soon release the first issue of HabPost 2.0. We hope to be able to soon bring you fresh news on the topics you’re interested in (if you’ve missed it, we invite you to check this information in last week’s issue), but we also look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to contribute and share topical content with colleagues. Note that the distribution frequency of one of your favourite communication mediums — we’re not inventing anything, check out the above link — is changing: your weekly fix turns into a fortnightly (for now). In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this issue of HabPost, which explores considerations for a reopening of our duty stations. Will we soon be going back to the office? What are the key elements to keep in mind when thinking of a return? Are we seeing a structural change in work modalities? Find answers to all these questions and a message from our Executive Director on travelling in the midst of COVID-19 in the following pages.
Habpost - Issue 006 (May 14th, 2020)
This week’s issue of HabPost is colourful. We’ve put together a handful of visuals summing up the results of the survey on internal communications we’d been circulating these past few weeks. Accompanying the visuals is an attempt at lighting up the mood during these increasingly stressful times (forgive us if we fail) while we try and offer you a glimpse into the future of internal communications at UN-Habitat. With the last couple of issues of HabPost, we embarked on a journey to unveil the situation on the ground across our locations. Today, we look at the challenges Mozambican cities have been facing with the current pandemic, and how our team has been working to leave no one behind.
The spread of COVID-19 is gaining in intensity in some countries and weakening in others. Where lockdowns had been enforced, restrictions start to be eased. What does that mean for you as employees of UN-Habitat? Our next issue will look into the considerations for going back to the office, so be sure you monitor your inbox for the latest news.
Habpost - Issue 005 (May 7th, 2020)
While efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are starting to bear fruit in some parts of the world — some not hesitating to state that one battle against COVID-19 has been won —, in other places the pandemic is gaining in intensity. Initially strongly present in China and then Europe, the virus later started to affect the Americas and Africa and is now raising worries about transmission in informal settlements and the capacity of healthcare systems to cope with a sudden spike in cases.
With an increased impact of the pandemic comes an increased need for information about the situation where we serve and operate. We have therefore decided to re-focus this issue of HabPost on the situation on the ground. Our feature story this week looks at how UN-Habitat has been responding to the pandemic in Brazil’s informal settlements. We also zoom in on two countries — one in the Middle East and one in the Pacific — to hear the voices of colleagues introducing us to their local contexts, their local realities, their local challenges, and their response to it all.
Habpost - Issue 004 (April 29th, 2020)
We are four months into COVID-19 and the question of when will this all end is still very much on everyone’s minds. Essential good producers and service providers are still open for business, while other have paused their activity or filed for bankruptcy. For an organization like ours, maintaining its activity is not only essential, but the scaling up of our activities to protect the people we serve is also a must. This week’s issue of HabPost looks at our response to COVID-19 and how we have worked with partners to achieve our mission. Scroll further down and hear it directly from our Director of Emergencies, Ms. Christine Knudsen, who has answered our questions about the structures and strategies in place to respond to COVID-19.
We hope you enjoy this issue of HabPost.
Habpost - Issue 003 (April 22nd, 2020)
We’re delighted to bring you another issue of HabPost — and equally delighted to hear that you like what you see. With this third issue, we’re about halfway through our coverage of COVID-19, and we’ll soon embark on an initiative to answer your information needs on the medium to long term. In this spirit, we invite you to fill out this new survey to take stock of your impressions so far, your general sense about communication at UN-Habitat, and your preference for long-term HabPost. It’s important we get a sense of what you want to read, so do take two minutes to send in your answers. We look forward to reading you.
This week’s issue of HabPost focuses on work-life balance and health and safety. Our feature story on work-life balance is filled with resources on life with children and flexible working arrangements, among others. Be sure to access it for links and tips. We also recommend you scroll further down as we answer the demand for information on health and safety including access to medical resources, support to staff in case of infection, and ways to protect yourself and your family.
HabPost - Issue 002 (April 16th, 2020)
We’re delighted to bring you the second issue of HabPost. Many of you enjoyed last week’s issue — the first step in our initiative to improve information delivery and internal communication at UN-Habitat. We’re happy to receive your feedback and we hope to be able to continue to satisfy your information needs, notably on COVID-19. We will work towards a more inclusive newsletter once most of these needs have been answered.
Since our last issue, the global situation continued to evolve quickly. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump decided to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) — a move condemned by the UN Secretary-General indicating that it was “not the time” to be reducing funds to any organization fighting the pandemic. This week’s issue of HabPost looks at the measures adopted around the world to slow down the spread of COVID-19 — from curfews to lockdowns and other social distancing strategies. What is it like, is it effective, when will it end, and what does it mean for us? We try to address these questions that worry you during this time of uncertainty. We also look at how UN-Habitat continues to work and makes sure everyone stays safe and secure — see it a glance in the “How we work during COVID-19” section. And as with every issue, we provide you with an update of the latest international developments and share the experience of colleagues in various duty stations.
HabPost - Issue 001 (April 8th 2020)
Developments around COVID-19 continue to unfold quickly. The global community has doubled efforts to curb the expansion of the novel virus that has now claimed the lives of thousands and affected the life of millions. We at UNHabitat are not spared by the impact of the epidemic.
From our headquarters in Nairobi to our operations in the field, lives are being changed, families are being affected, and our business continuity is put to the test. Yet it is our duty to provide our answer to a truly common problem. It is our duty to ensure that we continue to serve the people of the United Nations, especially in these difficult times when our services become most needed. And it is our duty to work together with our UN family to better support the life and livelihoods of millions
Since the beginning of the crisis, UN-Habitat has worked hard to keep everyone informed of the latest developments on COVID-19 and of the repercussions on our work. We wish to continue to provide everyone with quality information but also strengthen communication channels and ease access to all essential resources.