UNITAR (the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) has increased their monthly “lump-sum” to interns and trainees from 300 CHF a month to 700 CHF a month.
This is aims to address the costs of travel, other miscellaneous costs (visas, accommodation and living expenses).
While congratulating UNITAR for their efforts in raising the financial contribution made to interns, it should still be noted that the Swiss poverty line is 2,200 CHF/month. Although a step in the right direction, significant strides are still to be made.
UNITAR is one of the few UN agencies that is not part of the UN Secretariat. This means that they have independent authority in performing the human resources function.