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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Obituary Announcement:

We regret to inform you of the passing of our dear colleague, Mr. Moataz Ibrahim Abdelsalam Abdelhamid, in Egypt on the morning of 5th May 2024.

Mr. Abdelhamid joined the United Nations on 24 July 2016 as an International Staff... with MINUSCA in the capacity of Close Protection Officer in Bangui.

Moataz will be remembered as a colleague who always kept a smile on his face, while being friendly, polite, and courteous.

He will be truly missed by MINUSCA colleagues, friends and family.

Our sincere condolences to Mr. Abdelhamid’s family and may his soul rest in peace.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

Milan Victor Dawoh
President-United Nations Field Staff Union (UNFSU)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please view the following links on current Staff Management Relations, and a video link summarizing the activities undertaken by the executive during the period under review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvTr9HX_W7g

...https://unfsu.org/2024/04/30/important-update-on-staff-management-relations/

For the remaining few staff members who have not done so yet, we encourage you to please click this link and become due paying member. It’s just $10 a month:

https://unfsu1.eu1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhC8iaoEwVi3vqKblmTlHHH_RijSLGgE7yRu0FfgCQIN45SbeJD7ETU4H7CRydbMi0I*

Wishing you all in advance, a Happy Labor Day.

Thanks,

Milan Victor Dawoh

President-United Nations Field Staff Union (UNFSU)

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON STAFF MANAGEMENT RELATIONS - UNFSU

Please find attached a Broadcast on current Staff Management Relations.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Statement on Item 8 for the 97th session of the ICSC Payment of Amount in lieu of Settling-in Grant at category D and E duty stations that are not designated as Non-Family. Click below link to see and read full statement.

...https://unfsu.org/2024/03/14/statement-on-item-8-on-the-97th-session-of-the-icsc-payment-of-amount-in-lieu-of-settling-in-grant-at-category-d-and-e-duty-stations-that-are-not-designated-as-non-family/

The UNFSU Council Meeting of 2024, FSC-XXXI, was opened by the President Milan Dawoh on 26th February. His opening remarks were as follows:

Friends and Colleagues of the United Nations, on behalf of the United Nations Field Staff Union Executive: Vice President Jackline Omondi, Vice ...President Paul Smith, and Ms. Rosa Colluci, it gives me great pleasure to speak to you today, and to welcome you most cordially at the official opening of the 31st United Nations Field Staff Council Meeting here in Brindisi - Italy.

I would like to express my profound gratitude to all International UN Staff Members for electing us unopposed as your Executive. We certainly don’t take it for granted.

As an executive, we are fully aware of the challenges we are experiencing now: The closure of Mali and Sudan, the uncertainty in Congo, the precarious situation in Somalia and the turbulent crises in Iraq with the upcoming closure of UNITAD in September this year.

We are also very cognizant of the burning issues affecting UN Staff Members across the globe: Issues of the non-permanent Roster Membership, Mobility, Continuing Appointment and most importantly, affected Staff Members from Downsizing Missions.

Which is why since we took over just over 100 days ago, we have managed to save the jobs of over 270 staff members from Mali and Sudan. To put this into context, this is the highest number of UN staff members that have ever placed from downsizing missions in the history of this organization. That was possible because of the good cooperation we have established with all Heads of Entities across the globe, and the UN Senior Management in New York.

This good cooperation of staff management relations will be manifested during this council meeting wherein for the first time, all the various departments in UN-Headquarters that we are interfacing with in the Field, have agreed to participate in our Council Meeting. This is a sign of trust and a vote of confidence in our great union.

For those of you who attended the UN-Secretary General’s Town Hall Meeting on the 1st of February 2024, The Secretary General (Mr. Antonio Guterres), expressed serious concerns about the liquidity situation of the UN. As an executive, we share his concerns about the accelerating liquidity crisis that hampers regular budget operations and jeopardizes your ability in the field to deliver on UN mandates. We are alarmed that; more and more activities and outputs are being postponed or even cancelled.

On that same token, you will all agree with me that the intervention that was made by the President of the United Nations Field Staff Union during that that Town Hall Meeting, was one of the greatest highlights of that event. With the support of our Executive, I muster the courage to make a case for Peacekeeping operations. And today, I can confidently say that we are stronger at home and respected abroad by All UN entities across the globe.

I cannot conclude without acknowledging the contribution of the former UNFSU President: Mr. Mark Polane and his team to this great union. Even though his tenure was largely covered by the COVID Pandemic, he did his best to represent the staff and kept everybody posted on the status of our union. Which is why, I’m setting a precedent by inviting him as a former president, and as a UN veteran of over 30 years of service.

As an executive, we will continue to do our best to serve all UN Staff around the world with an utmost sense of patriotism to the United Nations, devoid of any iota of selfishness, personal aggrandizement, and the poor spirit of cynicism.

With your continued support, everything will be under control.

Thank you and God Bless the United Nations

We must #BelieveInPeace in order to #LiveInPeace the United Nations was founded on the ideal to "Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War" It seems that many have forgotten this idea and as a result we are seeing war and conflict increasing.

On this United Nations ...day, we would do well to remember the words of one of the UN's Secretaries General, Dag Hammarskjold, who said, "The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell".

In the face of the current ugly conflicts and horrible violence we are seeing he also reminds us that, "The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned."

Wishing all our colleagues in United Nations Peacekeeping a peaceful UN Day.

#WagePeace #StopWar #UNDay2023

As our term in office as UNFSU executive comes to an end, it was time today for me personally to recognize and appreciate the contributions of my two Vice Presidents over the last four years. Without Leila Spain and Liliya Galieva there would not have been a “Team Future” because of them we ...were #StrongerTogether as a team and thus serve our staff in the field in the same spirit of collaboration and friendship. I will be forever grateful for their contributions, for putting up with me, and for their dedication and friendship.

It was an honour therefore to be able to give them a special edition of their #UNFSU #longserviceaward and medals, doubling as certificates of appreciation and recognition of their hard work and selfless dedication to our Union and our members.

After 36hours of travel due to flight cancellations, missed connections and rerouted flights we made it to @un_minusma There, we listened, and heard the stress, anxiety and worries of our staff who are all facing a lot of uncertainty due to closure of the mission. We were there to show solidarity, ...give advice and advocate on their behalf with @unitednations @unpeacekeeping and @antonioguterres to take care of all staff who have given many years of service to the #UN and to the Malian people.
We gave #UNFSU Long Service Awards to those that had asked. We held townhall meeting. We celebrated a birthday and had some good pizza. And eventually returning to #brindisi We are continuing to advocate for our staff in the hope that many will find different jobs within the UN 🇺🇳 family.

Industrial agriculture is the demise of humanity.
Watch this film and wake up to the reality that industrial agriculture isn’t sustainable and that we need to stop this practice!
Watch this movie and wake up!
#savetheseed #savetheplanet

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Watch the Film - The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Watch The Seeds of Vandana Shiva or register for a community screening. The Remarkable Life Story of Eco-activist Vandana Shiva.

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Happening this week in the United Nations Global Service Centre The Staff Management Committee meeting meets to discuss various important topics for the staff. Which includes all United Nations secretariat staff unions and associations.
Including the United Nations Field Staff Union
Many ...important topics are being discussed, such as, revising the staff selection system. Occupational Health and Safety, including Mental Health. Accountability in the UN and many more.
#staffreprentation #management
#UNFSU #strongertogether

Sharing this on behalf of UN People of African Descent (UNPAD)
Sign up for this event by registering: http://bit.ly/3vPyxXe

An impressive opening of the International Conference Against Corruption #iacc2022 in Washington DC. Encouraging words from the likes of Samantha Power of USAID and the President of Moldova Maia Sandu

The people of the world need to unite against #corruption strengthening #whistleblowing ...mechanisms and protection. Supporting #investigativejournalism in various ways to encourage the uncovering of #people in #power who steal from their countries and hide their wealth through international webs of anonymous offshore companies etc.

Corruption is cross-cutting and effects everything in our daily lives. We are #strongertogether against the scourge of corruption globally.

This Friday I participate in a workshop that is part of this conference in my capacity as UNISERV - United Nations International Civil Servants' Federation President, to examine how the United Nations can and must strengthen its internal #whistleblowing mechanisms and protections to ensure that we #walkthetalk within our own backyard.

While the UN Human Rights Council Mr Volker Türk has sent an open letter to Twitter #elonmusk highlighting concerns about the protection of Human Rights on the platform. The UNFSU is exploring alternatives such as #mastodon come and join us there where we don’t “tweet” but we “toot”

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2 Posts, 5 Following, 2 Followers · The UNFSU represents United Nations Personnel who work in United Nations Field Operations https://www.unfsu.org

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Today we delivered our statement to the United Nations 5th Committee on UN Common System Issues.

What a great start with very relevant training on dealing with #bullying and #harassment in the workplace. Equipping our council members with the tools to address some of the causes of #toxicworkplace behaviors.

Statement delivered at the opening of the UNFSU XXX Council meeting on UN Day, 24 October 2022.

"This UN Day remarks the 77th year of the existence of the United Nations. This year's theme is about hope and global unity. At UNFSU, our motto since we took office in 2019 has been ...“Stronger Together”, a motto compatible with the notion of global unity towards a world of peace and prosperity for all.

We must unite in the fight against toxic work environments to prevent our staff from developing mental health problems, we must demand better access to help for those that are already suffering, and we must do all we can to reduce stigma to reduce the number of people who are suffering in silence because they are afraid to speak up.

We must develop a zero tolerance to toxicity in our work environments so that we can all become, Stronger Together."
#unfsu #strongertogether #mentalhealth #toxicworkplace

https://unfsu.org/2022/10/24/opening-statement-at-unfsu-council-xxx-on-un-day-24-october-2022/

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Opening Statement at UNFSU Council XXX on UN Day, 24 October 2022 - UNFSU

Opening Statement for the XXX UNFSU Council meeting on UN Day Dear colleagues and friends, We are very pleased to be able to welcome you all here...

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A notice to our employer, the United Nations and for the staff we represent in United Nations Peacekeeping it’s time to demand answers to these questions:

- Do we treat employee mental health and well-being as a strategic priority?
- Do we effectively address toxic behaviors?
- ...Do we create inclusive work environments?-
- Do we promote sustainable work?
- Are we holding leaders accountable?
- Are we effectively tackling stigma?
- Do our resources meet employee needs?

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #change
https://www.mckinsey.com/mhi/our-insights/present-company-included-prioritizing-mental-health-and-well-being-for-all

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Present company included: Prioritizing mental health and well-being for all

A McKinsey Health Institute survey across 15 countries highlights how employers can make mental health a reality, especially for young workers.

www.mckinsey.com

First day of United Nations High Level Commitee on #management meeting today in UNESCO iconic meeting room. Very interesting and important discussions on Mutual Recognition Agreements between #UN organizations in order to improve efficiencies, economies of scale, and harmonization across the UN ...System. Great presentations from LinkedIn about leveraging data for #talentmanagement as well as Mastercard talking about #datagovernance and management.

Today the International Labour Organization and World Health Organization are calling for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work. The United Nations Field Staff Union, and UNISERV - United Nations International Civil Servants' Federation call on the United Nations Senior ...leadership to take serious these guidelines and make it a priority to develop concrete action plans to prevent mental health problems that are generated through the work environments our staff work in.

“It’s time to focus on the detrimental effect work can have on our mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “The well-being of the individual is reason enough to act, but poor mental health can also have a debilitating impact on a person’s performance and productivity. These new guidelines can help prevent negative work situations and cultures and offer much-needed mental health protection and support for working people.”

“As people spend a large proportion of their lives in work – a safe and healthy working environment is critical. We need to invest to build a culture of prevention around mental health at work, reshape the work environment to stop stigma and social exclusion, and ensure employees with mental health conditions feel protected and supported,” said, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.
#leadership #health #people #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth #culture

Find more information here:

https://www.who.int/news/item/28-09-2022-who-and-ilo-call-for-new-measures-to-tackle-mental-health-issues-at-work

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WHO and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work

New global WHO guidelines on mental health at work are reinforced by practical strategies outlined in a joint WHO/ILO policy brief.

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It is time for action in the United Nations, we cannot and will not accept the continuous victimization of whistleblowers. Those that have the courage to stick their neck out and report corruption, fraud, wrongdoing etc. should be celebrated not ostracized.

The United Nations Field Staff ...Union stands ready to work towards significant and meaningful reform of the Internal Justice System of the UN and in particular strengthening the whistleblower protection and investigative mechanisms.

It is one thing however to have a "perfect" policy, it is another to actually implement and live by those policies.

Staff need to be able to believe and trust the integrity of the system and its leaders.

As it stands they do not.
#endimpunity #whistleblowers

https://www.transparency.org/en/press/un-whistleblower-expos%C3%A9-independent-inquiry-urgent-reforms

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Latest UN whistleblower exposé shows need for urgent reforms - Press

Civil society organisations call for an independent inquiry into whistleblower retaliation complaints.

www.transparency.org

The UN needs to set an example to the world. We must demand real #Whistleblower protection throughout the UN system. Oversight bodies need to be truly independent and UN System wide. Secure anonymous reporting and follow up communication platform is needed. #endimpunity

"Whether ...it's corruption, fraud, sexual harassment, [UN staff] feel they can't progress even to making a report, that the complaints are initially dismissed far too early. They're not given alternative procedures and appeals access," she said.

"The UN has certainly addressed some of the big failures it had before, but it hasn't gone far enough. I have seen things that are very troubling - that can and should be addressed as a matter of urgency, not just in words, but in deeds."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-61826551

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UN sexual abuse claims 'must be investigated'

Some staff who tried to expose alleged abuse and wrongdoing say they were penalised or even sacked.

www.bbc.com

We wish all our Muslim colleagues and friends a peaceful Eid El Fitr @leilaman_spain @liliya_galieva_ @mightydutchman

The #UNFSU wishes all our colleagues a peaceful #LabourDay2022 as Staff Union we continue to advocate for the wellbeing of our staff.

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International Labour Organization on LinkedIn: #LabourDay #decentwork

On #LabourDay, we recall that labour is not simply a commodity. ILO labour standards are there to ensure that development remains focused on...

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The United Nations Staff Management Committee got underway today. With the UN Secretary General addressing the committee and answering some questions from the Staff Unions. We look forward to a productive meeting.

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