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diplomaticallyincorrect.org A diplomatic career or just in the service of fellow man as global citizen, "Diplomatic Career" Web TV is an introduction for the more experienced or those just starting out. Working at the United Nations in diplomacy or as journalist or on behalf of NGO are only but a few of the options you should evaluate. There is also work in the field in many of UN missions or at UNESCO in Paris, World Food Program, (Rome), International Atomic Agency, (Vienna), UNHCR, (Geneva), or even International War Crimes Tribunal(s) and World Bank are many of the avenues that can be openned. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey and long time UN based journalist Tom Osborne introduce the opportunities.
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Tom Osborne: A career in diplomacy or working on issues of global concern, from politics to humanitarian affairs, climate change to economic development. If that is your career, we're here to provide some insight, perhaps even guidance. Hi, I'm Tom Osborne and with us is Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey in this ongoing series of programs to open up the window on how you can get through the door, Diplomatic Career TV at DiplomaticallyIncorrect.org
Ambassador "Mo" Sacirbey: Tom has been bureau chief and United Nations Correspondent Association President spanning more than 20 years at the United Nations. He has reported on behalf of ABC NEWS working with the legendary anchor Peter Jennings, and now we are also working together as new media breaks through in this establishment of global diplomacy. See us at Diplomatically Incorrect. Org
Tom: Ambassador Sacirbey has come to the UN in anything but the established route. Ambassador Mo, as he is widely known by friends, has frequently referred to his career path to the United Nations, to the world of diplomacy, as coincidental. Mo actually started his career on Wall Street as attorney and investment banker. When war and genocide threatened the country of his birth, Bosnia & Herzegovina, he accepted appointment as that state's first UN Ambassador.
Mo: At the time I believed that my tenure as diplomat would be brief and largely formal.
Tom: After spending 3 years representing Bosnia at the UN, in 1995 you then were compelled to assume the role of Foreign Minister, after the assassination of your predecessor. Not much coincidental about that step toward higher responsibility as well as risk? But, it is fair to say that while your entry into diplomacy was coincidental, your education, professional experience was not. In hindsight, perhaps while many may have seen you as unorthodox, someone who did not obviously fit into the world of diplomacy, in some eyes you were the best ambassador for a very difficult job.
Mo: Thanks for your confidence Tom.
Tom: You have to remember, I was one of the reporters that followed your every move on the stage that is the United Nations.
Mo: To be prepared to step onto that stage, one may take many roads. Sometimes the less traveled path could prove to be the door opener. As importantly, there are many different roles in the world of diplomacy, some more visible than others, and perhaps some more meaningful even if never visible or fully appreciated by the global audience.
Tom: In the next few programs, we will try to cover the various careers available in diplomacy or at least in areas that are linked to the United Nations.
Mo: It may not be necessarily even a career or a full time position but just an opportunity to make a difference in the global community or being a "global citizen." Do not believe though that the opportunities are just waiting for you. Rather, there are many bright, capable, committed individuals of many wages who are effectively all competing for their place in this world, on or behind the stage. I'm frequently asked for advice or outright assistance, but be on notice, even for the position of intern, it is highly competitive. For many many of the globe's people, talented and willing to give of themselves, this is their paramount ambition.
Tom: Look at all the options available to you, from salaried professional to intern, from consultant to part-time volunteer. We will open the window on opportunities in areas that are commonly associated with the United Nations, including diplomat representing your country to UN officer whose responsibility is to the institution and/or one of its agencies. However, we will also open the window on work with new and old media from around the globe represented at the UN.
Mo: How about work for one of the many NGO's, Non-Governmental Organizations, that lobby or otherwise promote their causes within the corridors and related institutions of the UN. Perhaps you want to see the effect of your work directly on the lives, the faces of the people around the globe who are the intended beneficiaries, and would like to commit yourself to service in the field, a war zone or a development effort to save and change lives.
Tom: Join us in our next Program as we begin to go through these options. This is Tom Osborne for Ambassador Mo and DiplomaticallyIncorrect. Org .
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Year of Production: 2010
Length: 4 minutes
Country: United Nations
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- Mo Sacirbey & Tom Osborne
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