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Staff Day Update

The Staff Day Committee’s preparations for September 8th are coming along well! Here are some updates regarding what to expect on Staff Day 2017:

The grand prize for the raffle, a new 2017 Ford Fusion car, is now parked just inside the 42nd St UNHQ entrance! Other prizes include roundtrip airfare, fine dining for two, champagne, wine, desserts, clothes, and many other fine gifts generously donated from permanent missions. Volunteers are selling raffle tickets at a variety of locations during lunchtimes every day leading up to Staff Day, when the winner will be announced at the evening ball. Tickets are $5 for 1 or a booklet of 5 for $20.

Auditions are still open for the talent show! Please describe your talent here if you wish to participate and the committee will contact you about auditioning. Sign-up deadline is August 23rd

Registration for the Parade of Nations fashion show has been extended until August 25th. Staff members interested in modeling their national dress can sign up here.

Registration for the sporting events is now closed. The Staff Day committee will contact those who signed up with details on the timing and location of their games and contests.

All of the information on the Staff Day events is available on our website and Facebook page, as well as on Unite Connections and iSeek.

UNSU Meeting with Secretary-General Guterres

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.