Breastfeeding room now renovated | Rénovation de la salle d'allaitement

As you may be aware, the breast-feeding room (PN.036 above the medical centre) has been renovated by the Staff Council. 

Improvements include a new sofa, fridge, cushions and other furnishings. This follows a number of requests from colleagues.

We would like to thank administration for their support and to remind colleagues, following recent spot checks, that the fridge is to be used solely for the purpose of storing breast milk.


Calligraphy Exhibition “Tell us Jubran”, 2-11 June 2015, Building E, Door 40, 2nd floor | Exposition Calligraphie « Dis-nous Joubran », 2-11 Juin 2015, Bâtiment E, Porte 40, 2eme étage

The UN Arabic Book Club is pleased to invite you to the Arabic calligraphy exhibition under the theme Jubran Khalil Jubran, to be held from 2 to 11 June 2015 at Door 40 (2nd floor, building E).


5th meeting of the 33rd Staff Council

The Council will meet on Friday 29 May 2015 at 1:15pm in room C-529.

Relevant documents are attached.


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 :


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