NEW YORK 4 March 2016 – Hopeful news from the 5th Committee of the UN General Assembly: Ian Richards from the UN Staff Council has asked the Secretary-General for a report on how interns could be provided stipends.
Ian Richards: “Unpaid internships filter out young people from developing countries and underprivileged backgrounds. At the same time UN staff are uncomfortable asking interns to work for free, against international labor standards. We propose that the sector general prepare reports on how interns could be provided stipends taking into account practices from specialized agencies.”
We are very happy with his encouragement towards member states and hope it will be picked up in a constructive way.