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Dignity and Inclusion

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dignity and Inclusion Learning Initiative

 Developed by the Vienna-based UN Organizations: CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO, and UNOV/UNODC

This learning initiative intends to further promote putting UN values into action through a set of interactive e-learning modules and face-to-face trainings for the personnel of the Vienna-based UN entities. The goal of the initiative is to support a more inclusive, respectful, and enabling workplace by bringing biases and blind spots to light and by sharing best practices, strateg​ies, and lessons learned to help reduce ignorance, stigma, and discrimination. Below you can find detailed descriptions of the different module​s and links to registration and module resources, as soon as they are available. 

Want us to offer additional sessions or new topics within the framework of the Dignity and Inclusion Learning Initiative?
Register your interest and submit suggestions h​ere.​​​

​Register for the current modules:

Addressing Racism​

Monday, 5 December, 14.30-17.00 CET. Please register here. (Deadline for registration: 28 November)

​​This module aims to train VBO colleagues on how to effectively address racism in the United Nations and to promote racial equity, dignity and inclusion in the workplace. The module is designed to introduce the topic of racism and racial discrimination by building a common language and knowledge of key issues such as the historical roots of racism. It is also intended to deepen participants' knowledge and engage in a dialogue on racism with an expert. These interactive sessions will help participants to develop the necessary skills and tools to fight racism in the workplace and strengthen an environment of acceptance and celebration of diversity. ​

LGBTIQ+ Inclusion

​Sign up for the session on 29 November 2022, 15:00-17:00 (CEST) or
07 December 09:30-11:30 (CEST)​

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a major step towards promoting and safeguarding the rights of LGBTIQ+1 individuals. Over 30 years after that decision, many positive milestones have been achieved in a variety of countries, including marriage equality and the passing of non-discrimination laws. However, a lot of progress remains to be made as hate crimes, discrimination in the workplace as well as detrimental stigma and stereotypes still dominate the lives of many LGBTIQ+ individuals.


    Picture taken by Nicolas Schmidt, UNIDO​

Accessibility Awareness

Monday, 5 December, 10:00-11:00 CET No registration required – click here to join.
(Click here to download the event into your calendar)

​Monday, 5 December, 14:00-15:00 CET No registration required – click here to join.
(Click here to download the event into your calendar)

These two identical sessions of “Creating Accessible Content", facilitated by the IAEA, are open for all VIC staff members and will focus on how to create content with Microsoft 365 in a way that enables greater accessibility. Participants will learn how to create accessible content with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook apps and explore the built-in accessibility tools and features of each of these apps.

Resources from active and completed modules:



We are thankful that the information about the Dignity & Inclusion Learning Initiative, co-created by the Vienna-based Organizations (VBO), has been placed on the VIC Medical Service's Mental Health webpage to allow it to be centrally accessed by all VBO personnel.

We would nevertheless like to emphasize that the use of the VIC Medical Service's Mental Health webpage in no way is meant to imply a pathologization of any of the topics addressed by the Dignity & Inclusion Learning Initiative. On the contrary – placing the information on this website is in line with the understanding that a working environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or any other barriers impeding one's contribution to the objectives of the United Nations, supports dignity and inclus​ion and helps ensure good mental health of our colleagues.

We look forward to your participation in the Dignity & Inclusion Learning Initiative as part of our joint efforts to promote inclusive and respectful workplaces for all of us working for the VBOs.

- The Dignity & Inclusion ​​Learning Initiative developers and facilitators from CTBTO, IAEA, UNIDO and UNOV/UNODC

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