Humans United

Who works at the UN? How did they get there? What are their hopes and dreams? That’s what I want to try to answer with this month’s theme for my photo project.

The monthly theme has really focused my photography and it’s been an interesting ride with only two more months left to complete my year-long project. While October’s theme of taking a photo of (almost) every meal I had was quite inward-looking (and made me change the things I eat), I want November to be outward-looking… and what better theme than to do portraits of people working at the UN and find out a little more about them.

The United Nations is a very large organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Their role is to:

  • Maintain International Peace and Security;
  • Protect Human Rights;
  • Deliver Humanitarian Aid;
  • Promote Sustainable Development;
  • Uphold International Law.

As you can see from the above photo taken just outside the gates of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the UN can sometimes seem like a serious place. Yet at the same time, the staff and people who make up the UN also are very human, passionate, and have altruistic reasons for working for an organization that is known to promote and strive for a peaceful world.

I wanted to find out more about the people that work for the UN so what better way to start than interviewing and photographing the amazing people I work with. Everyone I asked volunteered and took the time to answer the following questions:

  • What inspires you about working for the UN?
  • How did you join the UN?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What excites them about working for the UN?

To keep a sense of consistency throughout all the portraits, I’ve kept them black and white. See the photos and their responses here –

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