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Ex Tempore is a literary magazine published annually by the United Nations Society of Writers, or in French, Societé des écrivains des Nations Unies. The magazine was started in 1989.[1] The editors seek contributions that are "crisp, impromptu, and as far away as possible from the stale UN jargon of declarations, resolutions and reports." 34 numbers have been issued, including the 180-page anniversary 30th compilation in all UN languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The WHO publication New Special, with a circulation of 10,500 copies, published a two-page article by Sarah Jordan in February 2020 "Happy Anniversary" to mark 30 years of the publication of the literary journal (pp. 40–41).[2] The April 2020 issue of International Diplomat carries an article entitled "30 Years United Nations Society of Writers" (pages 48–49) and notes "UNSW continues to advocate international solidarity in and through our cultural diversity, and would like to be seen as a herald of democracy. Over the centuries many authors and musicians have shared this vision of universal peace, e.g. Immanuel Kant in his famous essay on Perpetual Peace, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss, who founded the Salzburger Festspiele in 1920 (one hundred years ago!!!) to consecrate music and drama to the task of unifying nations and cultures, expressing the ineffable in music – that highest aesthetic form and vital principle of humanity’s striving for transcendence."[3]

Ex Tempore (UNSW) is a key player on the international scene including International Geneva in that it promotes Human Rights through the literary work of its members issued from United Nations, which makes its characteristic.

Society of Writers

The Society of Writers was founded on 14 August 1989 by Sergio Chaves of Argentina, Leonor Sampaio of Brazil and Alfred de Zayas of the United States.[citation needed]


Following the well-attended[citation needed] general assembly of UNSW on 5 May 2023, held in Geneva, the magazine's officers are:

the editorial committee was similarly reelected.[citation needed]

Honorary President: Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office in Geneva[citation needed]

After 15 years as president of the Society, de Zayas retired from the position on 15 December 2005, remaining as editor of this literary magazine.[citation needed] He contribues to perpetuate the values initiated at création of Ex Tempore.


Membership in the Society of Writers is open to active and retired staff of the United Nations, specialized agencies, CERN, Permanent Missions and Observer Missions, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organizations and the press corps. There are about 80 members currently in UNSW.[citation needed]


                  published an article by Marko Stanovic on the "literature during confinement", reviewing the essays and poems contained in issue Nr. 31. 

Special events

Notable contributors

Reference numbers

ISSN 1020-6604, OCLC 34360356


  1. ^ "U.N. Special," January 2009, a notice by De Zayas on the 13th annual Ex Tempore salon.
  2. ^ newSpecial février 2020
  3. ^ 30 Years United Nations Society of Writers par Alfred De Zayas. International Diplomat, 4 June 2020, Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Ex Tempore XXII - UN Special | UN Special". Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  5. ^ "NewSpecial, revue du personnel des Organisations Internationales, Geneva". Retrieved 25 February 2023.
  6. ^ Diva International
  7. ^ "Diva International". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ "UN Library celebrates the founding of the UN Society of Writers 25 years ago | UN Special". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. ^ Express and De-stress UN Special, retrieved 12 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Photos". Geneva Writers Group. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

Further reading

Official website