New standards of conduct for staff

We would like to share with you the newly adopted Standards of Conduct for the international civil service. These are applicable to all staff of the United Nations and the specialized agencies.

These standards were developed over the last two years by a working group, of which Mr. Jamshid Gaziyev of the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council, was a member.

General Assembly resolutions affecting staff


We would like to share with you recent resolutions just adopted by the 5th Committee of the General Assembly, which impact us all. Key issues for staff are the following:

  • on mobility (HR resolution, Paragraphs 50 to 59), Member States take note of the mobility proposal (developed through several townhalls with you last year), and acknowledge that its implementation is subject to further decisions, refinement and approval by the General Assembly. Member States have reservations about priority for internal candidates and at the request of one member, the resolution also asks for an alternative policy.


The 31st Council unanimously agreed to adopt its work programme

During its second meeting on 18 March 2013, the Staff Council unanimously adopted the following work programme:



Invitation to the Inter-Agency Games 2013

Dear Colleagues,  

As announced previously in iseek in January and in UN special in February, the United Nations Staff Sports Commission in Geneva (CSPNU) has the honor to invite you to participate in the 40th Inter-Agency Games 2013 (IAG 2013) which will be held in Marina d'Or, Castellon, Spain from 24 to 28 April 2013.

The Official website for the IAG 2013 is:

Click here to download the official invitation letter.

Click here to download the registration form.


Staff dealt further round of cuts

As you may know, the General Assembly has requested a US$100 million reduction, around 2 percent, in the 2014-15 budget proposal. 

In the attached memo from the Controller (an example of what has been sent to departments in Geneva), you will note that:


Staff protest management proposal to dilute conditions and rights

It is with great disappointment that we share with you this paper, which we brought up at the Secretary-General’s townhall last week. This document was prepared for a retreat of the High-Level Committee on Management (a gathering of the heads of management of the United Nations and specialized agencies), which took place in Turin from 14 to 15 January.

Attached documents
Download this file (HLCMPaper.docx)HLCMPaper.docx
Download this file (SGLetterHLCM.pdf)SGLetterHLCM.pdf


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