We met with Member States to defend your interests | Nous avons rencontré les Etats membres pour défendre vos intérêts

Over the past weeks, we have been engaging with participants of the General Assembly in New York on the pay cut, management reforms, hot-desking and other issues.

Pay cuts and Pension Fund

On Thursday we made a statement at the General Assembly's Administrative and Budget Committee (Fifth Committee) on the pay cuts in Geneva and soon to follow elsewhere, and concerns with the management of the Pension Fund made worse by recent audits. The statement is here (and on video at 19:20).

Statements from other delegations, including some strong ones from the US and EU are found here under agenda item 143.

Management reforms

We outlined our position to Member States covering administrative offshoring, flexible workspace, performance management and gender parity. The position document is here.

This was reflected in a separate statement made at the Fifth Committee (video at 21:00).

Hot-desking (also known as flexible workspace or smart working)

Following a survey conducted amongst staff in New York and one-to-one meetings, we conveyed the following concerns to Member States :


International Photo Club Annual Contest 2017 | Concours annuel du Club photo international 2017

The International Photo Club is delighted to present its annual photography competition which this year will focus on "Movement".

We would like you to share with us your interpretation of this theme. You can see some ideas in our poster below. 

You can find the competition rules on our website.

We look forward to receiving your entries. The deadline is 5 December 2017.


News on the Pension Fund | Nouvelles concernant la Caisse des pensions

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

The first audits a $2.2 million procurement 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 $475 an hour partners. It appears that procurement rules may also not have been followed.

The second audits the implementation of a new payment system called IPAS, whose poor implementation left newly retiring staff with no income for up to nine months. It notes that a number of important elements with IPAS, including relating to the calculation of 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.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has been requested by the Pension Fund Board to extend the contract of CEO Sergio Arvizú by three years. Given this new information, we have asked Mr. Guterres to seriously consider whether an extension would be in the interests of ensuring management accountability at the UN.

This article from Passblue is also worth reading.

We plan to organize a townhall on Pension Fund issues in early December, where we will inform you further on steps we are taking to improve governance at our Pension Fund.


10th meeting of the 35th Council

The Council will meet on Monday 27 November 2017 at 1.30 p.m. in Room C.529.

Relevant documents can be found here:

Proposed agenda

Draft minutes of the 9th meeting

We all have a role to play in eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace | Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer dans l'élimination du harcèlent sexuel sur le lieu de travail

We would like to draw your attention to the letter we jointly signed with Secretary-General Guterres on eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace.

We took the lead to prepare this letter because we believe this issue needs to be taken seriously. 

The aim of the letter is not just to state our position on this matter, but more importantly to encourage us all to reflect on our behaviours, of which we may not always be aware. Sexual harassment is far more widespread than we may think, and many of us, men and women, witness it without saying anything.

So this really is an area in which we can and should all make a difference.


Lunchtime staff event on Place des Nations and intern event at ILO | Événement pour le personnel sur la Place des Nations et événement pour les stagiaires au BIT

Tomorrow, from 1 to 1.45 p.m., a major global union federation called Public Services International, is organizing a demonstration on the Place des Nations in solidarity with UN staff. It is being held concurrently with its global congress meeting in Geneva and we expect a strong turnout. It will tackle:

  • how our pay is set, 
  • precarious contracts and long-term use of consultancy contracts, and 
  • unpaid internships.

The programme can be found here and we encourage you to join in.

On Friday 3 November, the Fair Internships Initiative is organizing a special international interns' day event at the ILO from 9 to 11 a.m. It will feature:

  • presentations of paid internship schemes by various organizations, showing this is possible, and 
  • opening remarks by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder

The programme can be found here. We hope that, subject to exigencies of service, supervisors can release interns for this event.


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  1. Call for volunteers: staff party talent show and parade of nations | Appel à volontaires pour un "talent show" et une parade des nations pour la fête du personnel
  2. Staff Council resolution on SHP expresses serious concerns | Une résolution du Conseil exprime de vives inquiétudes en relation avec le PSP
  3. Relax and get into shape this autumn with the Well-being & Health Club | Détendez-vous et maintenez votre forme cet automne avec le Club Santé et Bien-Etre
  4. Session on the staff selection system and your rights | Réunion sur le système de sélection et vos droits
  5. UN Beach open until 22 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 22 octobre
  6. UN Beach open until 15 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 15 octobre
  7. Summary of last week's townhall on the pay cut | Résumé de la Réunion générale de la semaine passée sur les coupes salariales
  8. 9th meeting of the 35th Council
  9. Join the UN Football Club | Devenez membre du Club de football de l'ONU
  10. New training activity of the UNOG Table Tennis Club | Le Club de tennis de table de l'ONUG vous propose une nouvelle activité
  11. Changes to the rules on mandatory age of separation | Amendements des règles relatives à l’âge de la retraite
  12. Dance classes at the UN | Cours de danse à l'ONU
  13. Collection for the victims of the recent earthquake in Mexico | Collecte en faveur des victimes du récent tremblement de terre au Mexique
  14. Meeting with the Geneva private schools association | Rencontre avec l’Association genevoise des écoles privées
  15. Theatre Club starts again on Tuesday 19 September | Le Club de théâtre reprend ses activités le mardi 19 septembre
  16. Update on the legal appeal against the pay cut | Informations mises à jour sur le recours juridique contre les coupes de salaire
  17. 8th meeting of the 35th Council
  18. Staff Council statement for World Humanitarian Day and petition | Intervention du Conseil de coordination du personnel à l'occasion de la Journée humanitaire mondiale et péitition
  19. Summer's not yet over at UN Beach | L’été n’est pas encore fini à la plage de l’ONU
  20. Percussion classes at the Palais | Stage de percussions au Palais
  21. New crèche places for UN staff | Nouvelles places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  22. Action to take on legal cases regarding pay cuts | Mesures à prendre concernant la procédure juridique contre les coupes salariales
  23. Important news on the pay cut | Nouvelles importantes sur les coupes salariales
  24. Tennis camp for children during the summer holidays | Stages de tennis pendant les vacances d’été
  25. Your last chance to oppose the salary cut | Votre dernière chance de s'opposer aux coupes salariales
  26. Children's sailing courses and evening yacht cruises at the UN Beach Club | Cours d’initiation à la voile pour enfants et Croisières en yacht au Club de la plage de l'ONU
  27. Townhall tomorrow with important updates on the pay cut | Réunion générale sur les principaux développements relatifs aux coupes salariales
  28. Legal action against the pay cut (template form) | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales (formulaire type)
  29. Legal action against the pay cut | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales
  30. Important improvements to the UN Beach Club | Améliorations importantes du Club de la Plage de l'ONU
  31. Thank you for taking part in the work stoppage | Merci d'avoir participé à l'arrêt de travail
  32. Open Day for golf and tennis initiation - 24 June 2017 | Journée Portes ouvertes (initiation au golf et au tennis) - 24 juin 2017
  33. Your donation for the victims of floods in Peru | Votre donation aux victimes des inondations au Pérou
  34. Crèche places for UN staff | Places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  35. Further information on the upcoming work stoppage| Informations supplémentaires sur l'arrêt de travail envisagé
  36. Upcoming work stoppage | Arrêt de travail
  37. Come watch a UN Theatre Club play - 14, 15 and 16 June at 7 p.m.| Pièce de théâtre par le Club de théâtre de l'ONU - les 14, 15 et 16 juin à 19 heures
  38. Letter to management on work stoppages | Lettre sur les arrêts de travail
  39. Survey on Protection Against Retaliation | Enquête auprès du personnel sur la protection contre les représailles
  40. Photos from the Children's party 2017 | Photos de la fête des enfants 2017
  41. Children's Party "Pirates for Peace" | Fête des enfants "Des corsaires pour la Paix"
  42. Extraordinary meeting of all Geneva staff on Wednesday regarding the 7.7 % pay cut | Réunion extraordinaire des fonctionnaires à Genève au sujet des coupes salariales de 7.7%
  43. Concert celebrating 70 Years of the "UN Singers" | Concert à l'occasion des 70 ans des "UN Singers"
  44. Next steps on the pay cut | Prochaines actions contre les coupes salariales
  45. Second edition of "Courir sans Borne" | Deuxième édition de « Courir sans Borne »
  46. Update on the "No 7.5% Pay Cut" campaign | Informations mises à jour sur la campagne contre les coupes salariales de 7.5%
  47. The Children's party is postponed to 31 May due to bad weather | La fête des enfants est reportée au 31 mai en raison du mauvais temps
  48. No Pay Cut rally | Rassemblement contre les coupes salariales
  49. Paper raises serious questions regarding the credibility of the decision of the International Civil Service Commission to reduce pay in Geneva by 7.5 percent | Un document soulève des questions sérieuses sur la crédibilité de la décision de la Commission
  50. No to 7.5% pay cut | Non aux coupures de 7.5%
  51. Upcoming session of the Staff Management Committee | Session du Comité Administration-Personnel
  52. Our campaign against 7.5% pay cut
  53. Follow-up to our meeting yesterday on the 7.5 percent pay cut | Suivi de notre réunion d’hier sur la baisse de salaire de 7,5%
  54. Children's Spring party | Fête de printemps pour les enfants - 3 May 2017
  55. The 7.5 percent pay cut and how we must fight it | Une baisse de salaire de 7,5% et comment la combattre
  56. Our work programme 2017-2018 | Notre programme de travail 2017-2018
  57. Collection for the victims of the recent floods in Peru | Collecte en faveur des victimes des récentes inondations au Pérou
  58. New creche next to UN | Nouvelle crèche près de l'ONU
  59. Lunch time concert - Yale Alley Cats Choir | Concert à midi - La Chorale « Yale Alley Cats »
  60. Inter-Agency Games 2017 | Jeux Inter-institutions 2017
  61. Le Club ONU de la Plage cherche un nouveau restaurateur
  62. Letter to Executive Heads on advertising vacant posts in a timely manner in order to help career development | Lettre adressée aux Chefs des Secrétariats pour afficher à temps les postes vacants afin de garantir un dév
  63. The report of the 2017 Global Staff Survey is out!
  64. Zumba masterclass at the Palais | Masterclass de Zumba au Palais
  65. Composition of the Staff Coordinating Council | Composition du Conseil de coordination du personnel
  66. Football Club | Club de Football
  67. New! Club d'écriture créative | Nouveau! Club d'écriture créative
  68. Event on Monday in support of the interns | Événement lundi en soutien des stagiaires
  69. How your donation has helped victims of the Ecuador earthquake | Comment votre donation a aidé les victimes du tremblement de terre en Equateur?
  70. Letter of solidarity with ICRC staff following attacks in Afghanistan | Lettre de solidarité avec le personnel du CICR suite aux attaques en Afghanistan
  71. Global staff satisfaction survey - please fill in | Participez à une enquête de satisfaction globale
  72. Results of the survey on open-space and hot desking | Résultats de l'enquête sur les bureaux paysagers et les bureaux partagés
  73. Changes to your salary - what are your rights? | Changements de salaire - quels sont vos droits?
  74. Results of the survey on private and international schools | Résultats de l'enquête sur les écoles privées et internationales
  75. Townhall on addressing changes to education grant, administrative offshoring and P and D compensation | Réunion générale sur les changements de l'indemnité pour études, la délocalisation administrative et la rémunération des fonctionnaires de catégorie P
  76. Positive developments for staff at the General Assembly | Avancées positives au sein de l'Assemblée générale
  77. The UN has a new and improved whistleblower policy | L'ONU adopte une nouvelle politique renforcée pour la protection des dénonciateurs d'abus
  78. Our view on the Ethics Office email on participating in marches | Notre avis sur le courriel envoyé par le Bureau de la déontologie concernant la participation aux manifestations
  79. Demonstration in solidarity with staff at WIPO | Manifestation en solidarité avec les fonctionnaires de l'OMPI
  80. Based on our arguments, the General Assembly paused plans to offshore administration | Nos arguments ont poussé l’Assemblée générale à freiner le projet de délocalisation administrative
  81. Come watch the UN Theatre Club's improvisation show, 18 January at 8.00 p.m. | Venez assister au spectacle du Club de théâtre de l'ONU, le 18 Janvier à 20 heures
  82. Chinese Book Club Exhibition / Message du Conseil de coordination du personnel : Exposition organisée par le Club du livre chinois
  83. Staff meeting this Thursday to know your rights in case of downsizing, restructuring or other workplace issues / Réunion du personnel ce jeudi pour connaître vos droits en cas de réduction des effectifs, de restructuration ou autres questions sur le lieu
  84. António Guterres' first meeting as Secretary-General was with staff unions – here’s what happened | Comment s'est passée la première réunion d'António Guterres avec les syndicats du personnel?
  85. Percussion classes at the Palais / Message du Conseil de coordination : Stage de percussions au Palais
  86. Good news as General Assembly puts stop to removal of Pension Fund from UN | Bonnes nouvelles à un moment où l'Assemblée générale bloque la sortie de la Caisse de l'ONU
  87. Christmas Concert by the UN Music Club | Concert de Noël du Club de musique de l'ONU
  88. Minute of silence for Syria | Minute de silence pour la Syrie
  89. Are private/international schools in Geneva value for money? Please tell us | RAPPEL : Fréquenter une école privée/internationale à Genève, est-il un bon investissement ? Votre avis nous intéresse
  90. Official holidays in 2017 have changed, here's why | Les jours fériés en 2017 ont changé, voilà pourquoi
  91. Keep 9 December free for the staff party | Réservez le 9 décembre pour la fête du personnel
  92. Education grant simulations
  93. We spoke up for you at the pension fund townhall - here is what happened next
  94. We took your concerns to the General Assembly
  95. Update on administrative offshoring | Informations mises à jour sur la délocalisation administrative
  96. Entry in force of retirement at 65 | Entrée en vigueur du départ à la retraite à 65 ans
  97. International Photo Club Annual Contest | Concours annuel du Club Photo International
  98. Lunch time concert | Concert à midi
  99. News from SAFI: Gluten/lactose-free products and 13% discount on 27 October | Nouvelles du SAFI : Produits sans gluten et sans lactose et rabais de 13% le 27 octobre
  100. Good news: available crèche places | Bonne nouvelles: places de crèche disponibles