An SMC Working Group on Downsizing was established in February 2020 to review prior 2016 SMC agreements with a view to updating them and taking into consideration subsequent developments which resulted after the long delay in policy promulgation.
Our Union had a very active role in this Working Group, co-chairing it as well as driving the agenda and participating in numerous meetings.
Staff unions repeatedly communicated their disappointment that the issuance of the ST/AI on downsizing had been pending since 2016.
The administrative issuance “Downsizing or restructuring resulting in termination of appointments” (ST/AI/2023/1) was finally promulgated effective 20 January 2023.
The policy provides a clear framework for UN Secretariat entities to manage the retention of staff members affected by downsizing or restructuring on a position for which they are suitable, as well as the termination of appointments of those who cannot be retained.
The framework includes the following key elements: