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3 weeks ago
For those of you that missed the "Reimagine the UN together" grand finale, "Dragon's Den", where the finalists of the initiative made their "pitches" to the "Dragons" a replay of the event is available on Youtube. youtu.be/CWTRB57FOgQ
Our own UNFSU Vice President, Ms Leila Manly-Spain was one of the moderators of this event, which has been a great success.
Thanks to all who participated and those that have worked very hard to make this all possible. ... See MoreSee Less
UNFSU is in Geneva, Switzerland.
1 month ago
Happy 75th UN Day! ... See MoreSee Less
UNFSU VP @leilita_spain will be participating in the panel discussion, giving a field perspective to the discussions. Join the webinar on Facebook. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Happy 75th UN Day, Time flies!
Would you believe it has been a year already since your UNFSU Executive team took up office and this is our second UN Day while we are serving our first term in office.
An opportune time for us to say thank you to all our colleagues and supporters who honored us with the privilege to serve them.
In early 2019, Team Future gathered via Skype to get ready for the election campaign. We put together our manifesto and promised to protect and promote our conditions of service, foster a climate of inclusion, work with key stakeholders, build on existing capacities, whilst being honest and just. We committed to deepening FSU internal capacities, professionalizing our operations, increasing advocacy and dialogue between stakeholders, supporting communication and collaboration, and shepherding meaningful exchange. We are pleased to report that we delivered on our promises, despite the many challenges brought on by COVID-19, but more about that later.
As a Team, we set to work, hitting the ground running, with the support of the outgoing President Mr. Stephen Towler and our Executive Assistant Ms. Rosa Colucci. Brainstorming, strategizing, discussing debating, we did it all.
In November 2019, we held our first Council meeting and had the opportunity to meet our Council members, our primary support mechanism in the field.
We believe that we are stronger together and this message was reiterated in our deliberations and the joint positions we took on Delegation of Authority and the recruitment process.
When we campaigned, we predicted that the nature of our work was changing and the way we were doing our work would change. Little did we know at that time, that the nature of our work would change so drastically with the onset of COVID-19. Many colleagues found themselves trapped not being able to leave their duty stations for extended periods and in some cases not able to be physically present at their duty stations.
We had to become flexible and adapt to working remotely. Policies had to be issued to guide our managers to support staff the best they could through this ordeal.
With this came a host of inconsistencies and insecurities. Through all of this, we kept in constant communication with our Committees and staff in the field.
Many wrote to us directly and we happily engaged with everyone. We also contributed to COVID relief efforts in Brindisi, Italy and Valencia, Spain and supported similar initiatives spearheaded by our local committees.
Just as we were settling into those changes, the issue of race and discrimination was also thrown into the mix. The SG issued a request that the Staff Unions hold discussions to encourage open and honest feedback around the topic. We leveraged our alliance with UNPAD to facilitate this process, so the voices of our staff in the field could be heard on this sensitive issue.
Whilst all of this is happening, we continue to engage our staff on diverse issues, some critical and some very interesting, using our Yammer platform, fostering a sense of inclusion for all through direct and active engagement.
We have been involved with the #NewWork and other “grassroots” initiatives and continue to look for opportunities to ensure that we stay relevant and that our views as field staff of the UN continue to be taken into account. We assembled a team of legal advisors who provided legal advice to staff on numerous issues, like abuse of authority, harassment, and performance rebuttal cases. We engaged the services of a legal company who also provides legal advice on matters related to policies and guidelines. We are also actively engaged with senior management and other staff unions on travel and compensation polices, performance management, gender parity, downsizing, mobility but to mention a few. Following the disastrous explosion in Lebanon in August, we were also able to donate ten thousand dollars to relief efforts, which we were able to do, thanks to the generous contribution of our contributing members. This in itself, seeing a rise in our contributing membership, has been a testament to your trust in us. It is safe to say, it has truly been a busy year.
On this 75th United Nations day we want to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for the lively interactions and support over the year.
Looking to the future, we commit to continue to advocate for our conditions of service and wellbeing of staff in these challenging times.
We continue abide by our motto that we are “stronger together” and look forward to continuing serving you.
Mark, Liliya and Leila
Your UNFSU Executive ... See MoreSee Less
Happy UN day
Just to set the record straight, please read the below! ... See MoreSee Less
UNFSU is at United Nations Office at Geneva.
2 months ago
Attending the ICSC 90th session as UNISERV VP with Steve Towler the UNISERV President! ... See MoreSee Less
United Nations Field Staff Union warmly congratulates all staff of the World Food Programme - WFP with being awarded the Nobel Peace Price, the Noble purpose that #WFP fulfills is extremely worthy of this recognition! #NobelPeacePrize #Shapingpeacetogether #StongerTogether ... See MoreSee Less