Statutes and Rules

On 17 November 2021, the 28th Session of the Staff Council formally requested the Polling Officers to conduct a referendum on the question that the Staff Union adopt the new Statutes and Rules presented during a townhall of the Staff Union on 10 November 2021.
The Polling Officers conducted the referendum from 20 to 26 January 2022 and the membership of the Staff Union decided to adopt the new Statutes and Rules.
Pursuant to article 34 (2) of the old Statutes and Rules of the Staff Union the new Statutes and Rules came into effect on 1 February 2022 i.e. three working days following the outcome of the referendum.

Rules of Procedure

The Rules of Procedure are currently being revised.


The UNOV/UNODC Staff UNION affirms its right to organise freely its representation in keeping with the international norms mentioned below, for the purposes of all discussions and negotiations with the employers, their representatives or their authorised agents.

In keeping with the right of association, staff members of UNOV/UNODC have the right, without prior authorization, to establish and join associations, trade unions and other groups of their choice.

The UNOV/UNODC staff union has the right to draw up its own rules and regulations, elect its representatives, organise its management and activities and formulate its programme of action independently and without any external interference.

It furthermore claims the right to negotiate its conditions of employment and to conclude collective agreements binding on all parties concerned with its employers, their representatives or their authorised agents, and affirms that the first duty of its representatives is to secure satisfaction of this basic claim.

In keeping with the above principles, the Staff Union's representation is to be organised in accordance with the provisions set out in its statutes.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948, and in particular to article 20, paragraph 1, and article 23, paragraph 4, concerning freedom of association and the right to form and to join trade unions.

International Labour Organisation Norms

Proceeding on the basis of the international norms adopted in respect of labour law, as established in various instruments of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in particular the ILO Convention concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize (Convention No. 87), the ILO Convention concerning Protection of the Right to Organize and Procedures for Determining Conditions of Employment in the Public Service (Convention No. 51), the ILO Convention concerning the Promotion of Collective Bargaining (Convention No. 154) and the ILO Recommendation (No. 143) concerning the protection of and facilities to be afforded to workers’ representatives in the undertaking.

Charter of the United Nations

Bearing in mind the objectives of the Charter of the United Nations and convinced that their attainment requires the genuine participation of the staff and its organizations, the broadest possible promotion of solidarity and the scrupulous observance of the provisions of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter.

Staff Rules and Regulations

Exercising the rights of staff representation stipulated under article VIII of the Staff Regulations as well as under chapter VIII of the Staff Rules of the United Nations.

ST/SGB/2023/1/Rev.1 "Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, including provisional Staff Rules, of the United Nations"