Mandatory age of separation is now 65 for all staff | L'âge obligatoire de départ à la retraite est désormais de 65 ans pour tous les fonctionnaires

Following our broadcast of 26 September 2017, we are pleased to inform you that the General Assembly has accepted a change of rules that implements the new mandatory age of separation at 65 for all staff and with immediate effect. This new mandatory age of retirement does not apply to those who were due to retire before 2018 but were exceptionally extended beyond retirement.

This is the outcome of a long and ultimately successful campaign by staff unions that received your strong support. It reflects demographic change, takes on board realities in the outside world and benefits the pension fund.

As we requested and the General Assembly accepted, for those who joined before 1990 or 2014 and therefore having a normal retirement age of 60 or 62, you will retain the right to a retirement benefit upon reaching 60 or 62 (subject to the usual conditions and calculations) and an early retirement benefit upon reaching 55. 

If you choose to work beyond 60 or 62, the increased years of participation will simply be reflected in your retirement benefit, when you choose to take it, in line with the standard calculations.

(For information, staff who joined after 2014 have the right a retirement benefit upon reaching 65 and an early retirement benefit upon reaching 58.)

As the mandatory age of separation is now 65 for all staff, no further action is needed from you in order to work until then. However, as per the new rules, if you joined before 1990 or 2014 and wish to exercise your acquired right to separate from service at 60 or 62, or anytime thereafter before the age of 65, you will need to give written notice as stipulated in your contract i.e. 30 days before for fixed-term and three months for continuing or permanent.

 An iSeek article has been published on this subject. 


Good news for staff pay at the UN Dispute Tribunal | Bonnes nouvelles du Tribunal administratif concernant la rémunération des fonctionnaires

You will recall that changes were implemented in January last year to P and D compensation. Among those changes, staff with a spouse earning more than a G-1 step 1 salary and with at least one dependent child, would see year-on-year reductions in their pay.

In February, having taken legal advice, we encouraged affected staff to challenge this at the UN Dispute Tribunal, with representation by OSLA.

We are pleased to inform you that your cases were heard at a specially-created three-judge panel, which met in Geneva and delivered its judgement at the end of December, and that these cuts to salary were declared illegal. You can find one of the judgements here:

We are following up with UN management and the ICSC to determine next steps.

We have also asked the Secretary-General not to appeal the judgement in order to remain consistent with his earlier position.

In the meantime, please read the judgment, particularly paragraphs 112 to 115. The judgement goes into some detail on acquired rights and we are examining whether these arguments could be used against the Geneva pay-cut being imposed by the ICSC this February (originally 7.7 percent but now likely to be in the region of 2 percent).

 We will keep you updated on developments.


Better news than expected regarding impact on staff of budget cuts | De meilleures nouvelles que prévu concernant l'impact des réductions budgétaires sur le personnel

We are pleased to inform you that following extensive outreach to delegates in New York, the impact on staff of the budget cuts is now much less than originally expected. Proposals from certain countries that would have led to around 100 job losses in Geneva, along with promotion freezes and other drastic measures, have been taken off the table.

Our outreach included meeting delegates in New York to convey staff concerns and explain how the cuts would impact programme delivery, particularly in the area of multilingualism. We coordinated this with management counterparts. We are glad member states listened.

As a result: 


Happy Holidays from the Staff Council | Joyeuses fêtes de la part du Conseil du personnel

It’s been a busy year. Together, with you, we showed that staff matter.

  • We pushed back most of the pay cut.
  • We brought change to the pension fund.
  • We persuaded the Secretary-General to review mobility.
  • We prevented a promotions freeze.
  • We worked with many of you to solve problems in your departments.
  • We organized many information meetings and sought your feedback.
  • We supported your clubs, helped you organize collections, organized the staff and children’s parties and brought life to the UN beach.

2018 will not be an easy year. But our strength in unity will help see it through.

You are what makes the UN great.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council!


Percussion classes at the Palais 2017-2018 | Stage de percussions au Palais 2017-2018

The United Nations Music Club offers all UN staff members the opportunity to be introduced to World Percussion. A new ten-week initiation course will start from (every) Monday 8 January until Monday 19 March 2018, and another from (every) Friday 12 January until Friday 23 March 2018. Applicants can select the Monday (beginners) or Friday (advanced) classes according to their availability and musical level. 

You will learn the basics and more with an excellent professional teacher who is fluent in English, French and Spanish. It is not necessary to have any previous knowledge of music or percussion. Your contribution per lesson will be only 15 Swiss Francs. The entire course will cost 150 Swiss Francs. All instruments will be provided by the UN Music Club at no cost. 

Classes will last 40 minutes and will be held during the lunch breaks, on Mondays from 12 noon to 12.40 p.m. and on Fridays from 12 noon to 12.40 p.m. and 12.40 - 1.20 p.m. The practice room is E-51 (E-building, ground floor). 

To register and/or get more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn to play percussion in ideal conditions!


FROM THE UN STAFF UNIONS: Procurement scandals and cover-ups at pension fund; SG urged not to renew its CEO

This message is sent by UN staff unions on behalf of the UN participant representatives to the Pension Board.

(version française en bas de page)

We would like to share with you two recently-issued OIOS audits on the UN Pension Fund.

The procurement audit ( focuses on a $2.2 million contract with consulting firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) and notes that of the total, $1.8 million was not spent on services specified in the contract. Thus costs could have been inflated due to lack of competitive bidding for the $1.8 million of services and greater use of partners costing $475 an hour. It appears that procurement rules may also not have been followed.

The second audit ( covers the implementation of the new system for paying pensions, called IPAS, whose poorly managed implementation left newly retiring staff with no income for more than nine months. It notes that a number of important elements with IPAS, including relating to payments for widows and orphans, were noted as critical, even as the system was reported to the Board and external stakeholders as being ready to implement. It could be argued that given these issues were known prior to implementation, they should have been addressed, which would have to a large extent avoided the payment backlog.

Both audits are in line with the report of the UN Board of Auditors.(


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