Dear Colleagues,

On 13 April 2017, results of the UN Pension Fund elections for participant representatives were announced (1).
Eighteen thousand staff voted, choosing four members and two alternates to represent them on the UN Staff Pension Committee and on the governing Board of the Pension Fund for a term of 4 years.

Despite four written requests, CEO of the Pension Fund, Mr. Sergio Arvizu has yet to accept elected participant representatives on the Committee or on the Board (2).
This is in violation of Articles 5 and 6 of the Fund's own Rules and Regulations (3) and contrasts with the Fund’s immediate recognition of representatives elected by the UN General Assembly.
It also sets a dangerous precedent whereby the CEO can decide who sits on the board that administers the Fund.

Furthermore, it disenfranchises 85,000 staff at a critical time. The Board is due to meet in July in Vienna to consider key issues, among them:
the Fund’s failure to meet its performance targets;
the Fund’s inability to pay retirees on time;
the Fund’s weakening relationship with the UN; and
a proposal to renew the CEO’s contract for a further five years.

The CEO’s refusal to accept our representatives may in part be because three of those elected earlier claimed serious flaws in:
how the Fund has been managed and its handling of the recent payments crisis; and
the truthfulness of data published by the Fund on the UN
These claims have recently been confirmed in an audit by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (4).

To compel the Fund CEO to accept our elected participant representatives, Staff Unions NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Whether you are a staff member or retiree, please sign this petition. Let us together, in one voice, tell Secretary-General Guterres and CEO Sergio Arvizu to:
provide access to the Pension Fund Board and UN Staff Pension Committee to our duly elected representatives; and
fully abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Pension Fund;


And share it with as many current and former colleagues as you can.

With kind regards,


(3) 19 April, 24 April and 4 May: May