* I totally forget yesterday was Mardi Gras - so safely cocooned I was in my pod. I've been going to bed at 8pm in the most exciting city in the world.
* there are many nuns here.
* there are many older people here - perhaps because there's a statement on aging in the resolution, and AARP is sponsoring a couple of side events.
* the other high-tech upgrade to the UN complex is the preponderance of flat screen monitors.
* yesterday I sat all day long next to a woman from the Philippines who didn't realize that I was Filipina.
* even in the high security badge-only access area there seem to be completely random people wandering around.
* there are a bunch of us waiting for the daily 9am briefing which doesn't seem to be happening any time soon.
I've worked with various UN agencies in the field, mainly WFP, UNDP, and UNHCR, so it's curious to see how the UN headquarters dynamic works - or not.
ETA: On the way back from the loo I got caught behind the deputy secretary-general; her bodyguard extended an arm to keep me at a safe distance.
ETA: I'm looking at the young woman who's the delegate from Zimbabwe and wondering if she's thinking: my country is falling apart, I'm representing an illegitimate regime, and I'm lucky to be sitting in this cushy conference room.
On February 7th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
wow, that was such a great post. i hate it when people think i'm caucasian. non-caucasians can tell i'm no, so at least my own people can identify me.
waiting for a meeting there sounds like things are normal at the UN.
i love your thoughts on the delegate from zimbabwe. i wonder if she really does think she's representing an illegitimate regime. hmmm....