UNScripted: Melissa Fleming Wants to Change the UN’s Public Image

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s podcast takes you inside the United Nations — beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done.

by Stephanie Fillion and Kacie Candela.

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What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words “United Nations”? Melissa Fleming, UN Under Secretary General for Global Communications, spends a lot of time thinking about how people all over the world answer that question. A newcomer to UN headquarters in September, with a big agenda ahead (like the UN’s 75th anniversary), Fleming wants the UN to become synonymous with positivity and real solutions. In the process, can she improve what some see as the UN’s image problem?

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Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. This spring, they’re offering online humanitarian training courses. Topics include cash, commodities, and services in a humanitarian response, managing or negotiating humanitarian responses, and more. Courses runs from March 16 through April 25.

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Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.

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