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Remembering our fallen colleagues

As you may know, a memorial service took place in New York last week to remember the more than 100 UN personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty last year, and mark five years since the earthquake in Haiti.

Our colleagues were victims of violence, extremism, pandemics, or even attacks by UN member governments. The values that UN staff promote and represent, like journalists, health workers, or school children the world over, are an anathema to many. 

Attached documents
Download this file (MemorialSpeech2015.pdf)MemorialSpeech2015.pdf


General Assembly that will affect you, including on retirement

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back from the holidays. We would like to update you on a number of decisions the General Assembly took at the end of last month that will affect you.

The UNOG Staff Coordinating Council worked hard to influence these outcomes, both with other unions at the UN and through the federation of unions to which we belong, CCISUA. As mentioned in earlier communications this involved extensive meetings with delegates, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his team, and the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). It also involved follow-up communications and the publication of joint positions, statements and online articles. 

We are glad that the General Assembly listened but there is certainly more to do.


Urge the United Nations not to vote against same-sex marriage

This week, the UN General Assembly is set to vote on whether to remove marital benefits from gay and lesbian employees. If passed, the vote will undermine the UN’s work around the world to prevent discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and will penalize the same-sex married partners of UN staff. 

Same-sex married partners will no longer be able to accompany UN staff to their new postings. They will be stripped of essential medical cover. They won’t be compensated if the staff member they're married to is killed in service.


Staff position on UN holidays


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

Staff Council promotes staff interests in New York

As you may be aware, one of the challenges we face being in Geneva is that many decisions affecting us are made in New York, either by the General Assembly or by senior management. For this reason we committed ourselves in our work programme to use all forms of staff-management for available to us in order to advance your interests.



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