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Career counseling #6: the IAU/UNESCO list

My friend Greg recently applied for a position in an United Nations specialized agency (I won’t give the name). As you remember, Greg has lots of diplomas in his field of expertise, from Bachelor to PhD. He also has several years of experience in the same field. These things would definitely get him a similar job (as the one he applied for) in any international organization, corporation, iNGO or research institute.

But there is a catch (again). After he applied, Greg saw a small paragraph in the job posting under “Additional information”. It said: “Please note that this UN agency will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list”. IAU stands for International Association of Universities. UNESCO, well, you know what it stands for (the culture and education part of the UN). Read more on what the UN asks from you.


.@GrazianodaSilva: the world needs to learn from China’s success in reducing hunger

ROME, June 3 (Xinhua) — The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said Monday that China has saved almost 100 million people from hunger, a reduction of 37.6 percent over the past two decades that puts it on track to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of halving the prevalence of poverty and hunger by 2015. Continue reading “.@GrazianodaSilva: the world needs to learn from China’s success in reducing hunger”


Food Politics & Policies in a time of Food Uncertainty

On April 27th I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Oxford Global Food Security Conference. Organized by the Oxford Global Food Security Forum, which is a student-led group interested in bringing together research on food security from across all disciplines and sponsored by the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food and St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, the conference brought together a small, dedicated group of researchers  that lit up the room. Continue reading “Food Politics & Policies in a time of Food Uncertainty”