Photos from the Children's party | Photos de la fête des enfants

This year's children's party was a huge success. The children got to compete in a mini olymprics, enjoy the park, and, because of the UN's egalitarian approach to performance management, all went home with their own gold medal.

The photos are now online and can be viewed here.


Latest on the retirement age

As we have mentioned in our previous broadcasts, the General Assembly has agreed in principle to allow staff who joined before 2014 to be able to choose to work until 65 if they wish or retire at 60 or 62. However, it asked the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which sets our conditions of service, to revert as early as possible with an implementation date.

As you may recall, the ICSC had earlier recommended 1 January 2016 for implementation based on consultations with staff federations, such as CCISUA and FICSA (the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is a member of CCISUA) and management representatives of organizations. However, last year a number of organizations changed position and decided to lobby against the ICSC’s recommendation.

Attached documents
Download this file (LetterSGRetirementAge.pdf)LetterSGRetirementAge.pdf


Collection for the victims of the Nepal earthquake | Collecte pour les victimes du séisme au Népal

The recent earthquake that hit Nepal has had devastating humanitarian and economic effects.

In solidarity, the Nepalese community in UNOG decided to organize, in collaboration with the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council, a collection in benefit of the victims. The funds raised will be transferred in equal parts to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) and the Nepalese Red Cross.

The collection will take place this Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 May in the following times and locations :


Situation on the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

In response to many of our colleagues' concerns, please find herein a note on the pension fund situation.


Vote to remove benefits for same-sex partners of staff defeated | Rejet de la proposition sur la suppression des bénéfices octroyés aux partenaires du même sexe

As you may have read in the press, the General Assembly Fifth Committee on Tuesday defeated a proposal, by 80 votes to 43, to remove benefits for same-sex married partners. Had it passed it would have created two classes of staff (those whose spouses can receive benefits and those whose spouses can't) and set a precedent of countries micro-managing the Secretary-General on administrative matters.

The outcome (full breakdown here: is the result of extensive lobbying by governments, management, UN Globe and staff unions.

We naturally welcome this result. The UN advocates for human rights around the world and it's quite right therefore that it should not pay benefits to staff according to their sexual orientation. We're glad that after three months of uncertainty on how the vote would go, common sense prevailed.


Comme vous avez dû l’apprendre à travers la presse, la Cinquième commission de l’Assemblée Générale a rejeté mardi une proposition visant à supprimer les bénéfices dont peuvent jouir les partenaires du même sexe liés par un contrat de mariage. Ce rejet s’est fait à travers un vote (80 voix contre et 43 voix pour). Il est à noter que si cette proposition était passée, on se serait retrouvé face à deux catégories de fonctionnaires (ceux dont les conjoints peuvent recevoir des bénéfices et ceux dont les conjoints ne peuvent pas en recevoir) et à un précédent où les pays feraient de la micro-gestion dans les affaires administratives qui sont du ressort du Secrétaire-Général.

Le résultat atteint est le fruit d’une vaste campagne de pression menée par les gouvernements, l’Administration, UN Globe et les syndicats (Pour plus de détails, prière de se rendre au lien suivant :

Il est sûr que nous nous réjouissons de ce résultat. Les Nations Unies défendent les droits de l’homme dans le monde et partant de là, il est inconcevable d’octroyer des bénéfices aux fonctionnaires selon leur orientation sexuelle. Nous nous félicitions du fait que c’est la logique qui a prévalu après trois mois de doutes quant au résultat du vote.

Three-day strike at FAO and letter of support

As you may be aware, our colleagues at FAO are in the midst of a three-day strike (with possibility of extension) after management imposed a new rule on temporary staff without consultations and censured staff who had held an earlier protest on the issue.

Please find here a letter of support to our colleagues at FAO.

Attached documents
Download this file (CCISUASupportFAO.pdf)CCISUASupportFAO.pdf


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