Staff survey on the retirement age and related pension issues

The United Nations and the specialized agencies are considering whether to change the age at which you will have to retire, as well as other matters, such as how to reduce the effect of currency fluctuations on your pension.

We feel it is important that they consider your views. To this end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey. Its results will feed into our position paper.

Update on UN budget cuts

As the Coordinating Council brought to your attention back in March, the Secretary-General asked heads of department to reduce their budget proposals for the 2012-2013 biennium.

As you will see in these memos, the consolidated proposal for the regular budget of the whole UN has been put to Member States and will "entail a net reduction of 44 posts... with a proposed abolition of 147 posts, the addition of 63 new posts and 40 conversions. While there will be 23 more posts in the professional categories, there will be 67 fewer posts in the General Service and related categories."



Lively discussions at staff townhall on mobility

The staff townhall on mobility, organized on 31 May in response to a draft staff-management proposal, turned out to be lively and informative.

During the session, a number of staff provided testimonies on how they had moved around the system or had attempted to do so and what the benefits and costs of these had been.


Strong turnout at staff townhall on pensions

Two hundred staff turned out for the staff townhall on pensions, organized by the Council on 5 May.

It began with a presentation by the Geneva pension fund office informing on the state of the fund, which is healthy, and the implications of a declining dollar. However, it was noted that there is a cost of living adjustment to partly compensate this change.


Council launches 2011-2010 work programme

The 2011-2012 work programme of the Council was adopted unanimously at its second meeting on Thursday 31 March. The programme brings together the priorities of all groups participating in the Council and covers areas all areas of staff representation. The work programme can be viewed here.

Council warns Secretary-General to respect consultation procedures on mobility and promotion

The staff unions of the United Nations yesterday issued a joint statement condemning a memo from the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, published on Inner City Press, which requested the implementation of a new mobility framework with the following features: