CONCERNS ON THE PENSION FUND

 

OCTOBER 1, 2020

CONCERNS ON THE PENSION FUND

Current and retired U.N. staff have serious concerns about the United Nation's joint-staff pension funds.

The Fund is a main source of income, particularly for those who are retired. It has an added impact during these unprecedented times of global virus of unclear duration.

An annual meeting on the Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS) was held at distance this year. Usually, most of the meetings are held in the conference room -- having vivid discussions about the status of that fund, those funding it and the need to keep everyone informed.

A recent resignation of a senior official dealing with the fund raised concerns, particularly with the uncertainty of who to call for relevant and immediate questions during the unprecedented virus. While the public is mainly interested in political developments and international relations, former staff, in particular, have been closely following any event linked to the pension fund. It was therefore noticed that on July 29, 2020, the Secretary-General appointed Pedro Antonio Guazo Alonso of Spain, who also happens to be a national of Mexico.

A confirmation of a particular plan of action would help.