Good news: available crèche places | Bonne nouvelles: places de crèche disponibles

Many of you have contacted the Staff Council to inform us of your difficulties in finding a creche place in the Geneva area.

Mindful of this situation, the Council is happy to inform you that they have managed to negotiate several places for UN staff in the creche Babilou which is situated 10 minutes from Geneva in Mies.

Information on the creche can be found in this link.


Are you paying too much in rent? Do you know your rights as a tenant?, Votre loyer est-il très élevé? Connaissez-vous vos droits en tant que locataire?

Geneva isn't the easiest place to find reasonably-priced accomodation. However, strict laws do exist to regulate rents, of which you may not have been aware when you signed your lease.

In order to inform you of your rights and ensure you're paying the correct amount, the Staff Council is organizing a townhall with a lawyer from Asloca, the Swiss tenants' association.


Our statement on the Secretary- General legacy | Notre intervention sur l'héritage du Secrétaire général

On Monday morning the Secretary-General addressed the staff, extolling his achievements, including with Umoja and mobility.

Please find here our reply statement made at the townhall. While recognizing the organization's achievements, it covers his legacy, including difficulties resulting from Umoja, the offshoring of administrative jobs, the challenges created by the new mobility policy and the poorly designed renovations of the Palais des Nations.

This comes as the Secretary-General has made proposals to the General Assembly, without consulting staff representatives, that would lead to more retirees being rehired to do the work of staff, greater use of temporary contracts and changes to the mobility policy that will restrict the ability of staff to get promoted. Our letter to the Secretary-General is here.

We thank you for the positive feedback we received following the Townhall.


Message from the UNOG Staff Coordinating Council Well-being & Health Club - Message du Conseil de coordination du personnel de l'ONUG Club Santé Bien-être

With the start of Autumn, let's stick to our resolutions from last year and take care of our well-being through the practice of one or more activities offered by the United Nations Well-being & Health Club (le Club Santé Bien-être).

In addition to Pilates classes, you can exercise your joints, pursue correct posture through Postural Stretching, strengthen muscles, better manage stress and develop creative potential with Sophrology and Music Therapy.

To answer growing demand, we have opened a new course in Sophrology on Thursdays from 1.30 p.m. to 2.15 p.m. (only for beginners). A new Pilates exercise class can also be held on Tuesdays at 5.00 p.m., depending on demand.


Meeting for staff who cycle or would like to cycle to work - Tuesday 27 September | Réunion pour les fonctionnaires cyclistes ou qui aimeraient le devenir - Mardi 27 septembre

During e-biking day we met with a number of you who cycle to work and heard your concerns with regards to commuting by bike.

We are keen to discuss this with you further; to this end we invite you to a meeting on Tuesday 27 September at 11.00 a.m. in Room V. 

The aim of the meeting is to get your ideas on improvements that could be made to cycle routes leading to and within the Palais and its annexes, access points and their opening hours, parking facilities, and any other matters you feel are important. We also want to hear from colleagues who are considering cycling to work but haven't as yet.

We look forward to meeting with you on Tuesday.


Sunday afternoon – Jazz party at the UN Beach restaurant | Dimanche après-midi – Jazz party au Club de la plage ONU

Not to be missed ! 

The UN Music Club kindly invites you to join the jazz party this Sunday 25 September, as of 1.00 p.m. throughout the afternoon, with smooth, swinging and latin performances of the UN Music Club Jazz Group (full band and vocalist). 

Great food and drinks are available.  

Entrance is free for UN Beach Club members, and CHF 4.- for non-members. You are welcome to bring friends and family with you. 

It is highly recommended that you reserve in advance if you wish to be served a meal at a well located table.

The venue:   UN Beach Club –  Club de la plage ONU 
Le Port, Route de Lausanne 214
1200 Genève      


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  3. Theatre Club starts again on Tuesday 20 September | Le Club de théâtre reprend ses activités le mardi 20 septembre
  4. New percussion classes | Nouveaux cours de percussions
  5. Increases in allowances for General Service staff | Augmentation des allocations pour les agents des services généraux
  6. Lunch time concert - Philippine Madrigal Singers | Concert à midi « Philippine Madrigal Singers »
  7. Payment Delays Continue Amid Outsourcing of Investments | Retard de paiement et externalisation des investissements
  8. UNOG Volleyball Club is looking for players | Le Club de volleyball de l'ONUG à la recherche de joueurs
  9. Outcome of townhall on GS career development | Résultats de la Réunion générale sur le développement de carrière pour les agents des services généraux
  10. Opt out now from the internal justice tax | Quittez le régime de taxe pour la justice interne
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  13. Act now to protect our Pension Fund | Agissez maintenant pour sauver notre Caisse des pensions
  14. Townhall on General Service career development, Friday 8 July | Réunion du personnel sur le développement de carrière pour les services généraux, vendredi 8 juillet
  15. Photos from the garden party | Photos de la fête champêtre
  16. Annual staff garden party on Friday 1 July | Fête champêtre du personnel le vendredi 1 juillet
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