The Leadership of the United Nations Staff Union at UNHQ-New York met with Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres on Friday, 14 July 2017.
The Secretary-General briefed UNSU Leadership on UN reform which he described as still in its early stages. He emphasized that reform of the Organization is needed in order to create efficiencies in service delivery, as well as in implementing its mandates and not intended as a cost cutting measure.
Ms. Bibi Khan, President of UNSU, recalled the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and stated that the rights and privileges promulgated were also applicable to staff members of the UN, as they serve the Organization. Ms. Khan was of the opinion that many of the issues that staff members face fall under four broad categories: governance, accountability, justice, and equity, and called upon the Secretary-General to support the UNSU in its commitment to the values and ideals of the UN Charter as well as its Declarations and Covenants.
The UNSU also presented a letter to the SG from representatives of National Staff Associations from 22 field duty stations, and an invitation to the Secretary-General for UN Staff Day 2017 scheduled for 8 September 2017.