Topic outline

  • General

  • Introduction

    The UN is made up of 193 Member states and therefore brings together staff from 193 countries who work together on a day-to-day basis. This rich cultural diversity is one of the hallmarks of the organization. However, while staff may be from different countries, they do not represent the interests of those countries in the UN context.


    A peacekeeping operation involves peacekeepers working in a well mixed institution, both culturally and in terms of diverse institutional backgrounds such as the civilian, military and police.


    Once a person enters the UN system, he or she is to carry out duties, in the interest of the Organization only, as outlined in the United Nations charter. UN staff are called upon to serve the universal ideals of peace, respect for fundamental rights, and international cooperation. UN staff are also required to sign the Oath of Office, which represents commitment towards upholding the highest levels of efficiency, competence and integrity. 

    • Course Objectives

      At the end of this course, you will be able to:

      • Define the UN core values

      • Enhance your awareness and familiarity with the UN Core Values

      • Describe the UN Core Competencies for effective performance on the job

      • Explain the UN Core Managerial competencies for effective managerial excellence on the job

      • Explain the application and use of the core competencies in the development and strengthening careers.