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Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - Wednesday 29 April

The UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is pleased to organize for its staff member's children, a children’s Spring party, which will take place on Wednesday 29 April from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

For instructions and registration forms, please refer the attached documents.

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Tell us what you think about changes to your salary, education grant, and other benefits | Votre avis sur les changements dans la rémunération, les indemnités pour frais d'études et autres indemnités

As you may be aware, the compensation for staff in the Professional and higher categories is currently being reviewed. The review will affect how and how much you are paid and includes proposals relating to your salary, education and relocation grants, hardship and other allowances.

The review is being conducted by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a body made up of 15 commissioners appointed by the General Assembly, which decides our pay and benefits. 

The federations of staff unions of the UN common system represent you at meetings of the ICSC, and we would like to know what you think of these proposals and how they might affect your willingness to be more geographically mobile. Your thoughts will play an important role in the upcoming meeting of the ICSC, from 16-27 March. 

Please take five minutes to respond to this important survey (for P and D staff only), whose outcome will affect how you are paid in the future.

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Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que la rémunération des fonctionnaires de la catégorie professionnelle et supérieure fait l'objet d'un examen à l'heure actuelle. Les résultats de cet examen auront un impact sur votre salaire. Il y a un nombre de propositions qui sont à l'étude et qui sont relatives à votre salaire, aux indemnités pour frais d'études, aux primes de réinstallation et de sujétion ainsi qu’à d’autres indemnités.

L’étude est menée par la Commission de la fonction publique internationale (CFPI) qui est un organe nommé par l’Assemblée générale et composé de 15 commissaires. La CFPI fixe notre rémunération et les avantages sociaux que nous recevons.

Les fédérations des syndicats du système commun de l’ONU vous représentent lors des réunions de la CFPI et aimeraient avoir votre avis quant à ces propositions et à l’impact qu’elles auraient sur votre aptitude à être plus mobile géographiquement. Vos idées sont fondamentales pour la prochaine réunion de la CFPI qui aura lieu du 16 au 27 mars. 

Vous êtes priés de consacrer 5 minutes à l’enquête suivante (pour le personnel P et D) dont les résultats auront des retombées sur votre salaire.

Change of pay day | Changement de la date de paie

With the introduction of Umoja, certain business practices will need to be harmonized across the UN's offices. This could include the day on which your salary is paid. UNOG is currently reviewing the effects of changing our pay day from 4 to 5 working days before the end of the month to the last banking day of the month (in line with pay days in most other duty stations).

While this may entail an inconvenience of rescheduling bill payments, we would like to know from you whether this might cause any serious difficulties that would make such a change impracticable. If so, please let us know the details of these difficulties at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the end of March so that UNOG can take it up with other duty stations.

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Avec l'introduction d'Umoja, certaines pratiques administratives devraient être unifiées au niveau des bureaux de l'ONU. Ces pratiques couvrent la date de versement de votre salaire. L'ONUG est en train de revoir les conséquences que pourrait avoir le changement de la date de paie, lorsque le salaire sera versé le dernier jour bancaire du mois (conformément à la pratique en cours dans plusieurs villes sièges) au lieu qu'il ne le soit 4 ou 5 jours ouvrables avant la fin du mois.

Il est clair que ce changement nécessiterait de revoir vos plans pour le paiement de vos factures. C'est pourquoi nous aimerions savoir si vous considérez que ce changement va entraîner des difficultés telles qu'il sera difficile à appliquer.

Nous vous encourageons à nous communiquer votre opinion concernant cette question en envoyant un courriel à l'adresse suivante : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  et ce avant la fin mars, ce qui permettra à l'ONUG de soulever cette question avec d'autres ville sièges.

New Swiss nationality law

Following questions raised at Tuesday's General Assembly, we would like to brief you on the new Swiss nationality law and what we have been doing with regards to it.

The Swiss parliament agreed a new law in June 2014 changing conditions for applying for Swiss citizenship. These changes will likely enter into force during 2016. There are two requirements. The first is ten years of residence. The second is that a C permit is required at the time of application. (Until the new law enters into force, you may apply for nationality under the current rules.)

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Le Temps: Le franc fort est aussi un coup dur pour les internationaux

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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

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