Cristóbal OSUNA: Trabajar en Naciones Unidas

Cristóbal OSUNA is Head of the Spanish Unit, Interpretation Services, United Nations, Geneva.

The United Nations is an international 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.

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

The official languagesused at the United Nations are:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

The working languages at the UN Secretariat are English and French.

A delegate may speak in any of the official languages, and the speech is interpreted simultaneously into the other official languages. Most UN documents are also issued in all six official languages. At times, a delegate may choose to make a statement using a non-official language. In such cases, the delegation must provide either an interpretation or a written text of the statement in one of the official languages.

United Nations, A Day in the Life of Real Interpreters

“A Day in the Life of Real Interpreters” by director Sydney Pollack is an interesting look at the challenges of simultaneous interpretation, explained by Diana Liao, Chief of the Interpretation Service at the UN, and Brigitte Andreassier-Pearl, Chief of the French section of the Interpretation Service at the UN. Pollack discusses the intention of the scenes on which he comments, what he added after shooting and took out in editing and why: story, locations, and some technical challenges.
© Universal Pictures

Naciones Unidas, Intérprete en NYC

Paco nos recuerda la importancia del invisible trabajo de los intérpretes de conferencias.
Paco reminds us of the importance of conference interpreters’ invisible work.

Naciones Unidas, ¿free-lance o permanente?

Adrián nos hace un recorrido por su trayectoria profesional y nos describe cómo es la vida de un intérprete free-lance y de un intérprete permanente en un organismo internacional.
Adrian talks about his career and the pros and cons of working as a freelance or staff interpreter at an international organisation.

Nations Unies, La cabine arabe

VÍDEO EN FRANCÉS y ÁRABE: Maya nos cuenta cómo llegó a Naciones Unidas y la importancia de querer comunicar en interpretación de conferencias.
Maya nous parle de son arrivée aux Nations Unies et de l’importance de la communication dans l’interprétation de conférence.

Naciones Unidas, la vida de un intérprete profesional

La interpretación es una puerta abierta a la historia en su gestación, Iciar nos lo cuenta.
Iciar talks about interpreting as a window to history in the making.
Images© European Union
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Naciones Unidas, Consejos, anécdotas y recuerdos de profesión

Nahum nos da un valioso consejo y nos regala alguna enriquecedora experiencia sobre la vida y la profesión.
Nahum gives some useful advice and talks about his fascinating life and career.