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1. Sharing a lifetimes worth of experiences and knowledge
We know that from our grandparents, there is always some life lesson to teach and if you need advice on anything, they are coming to your rescue. Of course, they can also tell you about their mistakes and what you should be doing to prevent that.
And the UN? Well the UN is growing and learning and the vast amount of experiences from previous missions help make the next one better. The UN has a long history in missions across the world and also, it is improving its work by regular reports and evaluations.
2. Knowing everyone everywhere
After a long life, you are known and people know you. That is more or less normal and can be of great help, for example when you need your first internship or when you are looking for something particular. Grandparents know who to ask for what. Also, when walking the streets - that might take a while, because you are shaking hand and small talk with everyone. Because well, you know everyone around.
And the UN? The UN has offices around the world, with field offices in over 60 counties worldwide and local organizations representing the UN and its values in even more. Your local MUN club is doing just that - promoting the UN, its values and activities for young people.
3. Discussing current events
Do not watch news if you are not prepared to have a discussion about them afterwards. There is always something that "in our days" was done differently. Or when people get together, they may start discussing the weather, but not for long. Soon the many problems in the world and how things have to change are going to be the matter of the day. And do not forget, the world needs to become a better place for the grandchildren - and discussing is the first step towards that.
And the UN? No different, the UN is in a constant dialogue on its matters, both internally and with stakeholders outside the organization such as NGOs and national governments. And of course, during regular meetings at e.g. the GA, the UN officials get together and not only discuss what is happening around the world, but they also try to find solutions to that. A retiree with power, so to say!
4. Taking care of the kids
Who has not enjoyed their grandparents house? Endless supplies of favorite food, snacks and sweets and of course, staying up longer than at home to watch a TV show or play board games. And not only that, grandparents have time and usually, the best ideas for great activities. Be it going to the best play grounds or heading out to a cool Museum joining the Kids Tour there. Grandparents are the backbone of the family and for sure thing, they are doing a great job taking care of the kids.
And the UN? In 2012, Ban Ki-Moon announced that he wants to involve the youth more extensively into the UNs works and put together a Workplan, together with and for the first-ever UN Youth Envoy. All UN organizations have increased their efforts in involving young people into the policy-making process and making sure they reach the ambitious goals set forth in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. And the efforts are increasing in the future for sure!
The UN being a typical retiree? Well, maybe in some ways, but the UN is certainly not rusty, and of course, it is going to stay here for good - with the new agenda items such as the youth involvement and the commitment to the SDG's there is more work than ever for the UN! So the organization might be old, but there is no time to retire just yet!
Do you agree? What else do you think makes the UN similar to retirees? Share your views in the comment section!