Letter to the Chef de Cabinet, Mr. Mark Malloch Brown
transmitting Staff Council Resolution No. 76
“In Defense of the International Civil Service”
Dear Mr. Malloch Brown,
Attached please find Resolution No. 76, adopted by the 41st Staff Council of the United Nations Staff Union at its 94th meeting on the 16th of March 2006.
The resolution condemns the misleading and divisive comments that you made in an interview with the BBC on the 8th of March 2006 in which you stated, inter alia, that:
“the people in New York on those tax-free salaries are actually now a privileged tenured minority, and the real UN workers are out in difficult peacekeeping missions around the world on short-term contracts without much security. …”
You failed to acknowledge the existence of staff assessment making it apparent that your knowledge of the Organization may not be as extensive as you claim. However, knowingly proclaiming such a falsehood, along with declaring a vast majority of the staff as being not “real UN workers” raises questions about your motives for making such a statement and your future plans for this Organization.
The Staff Council would like to draw your attention to the United Nations Code of Conduct and to demand, on behalf of all staff in New York, that you retract your comments to the press and issue an apology to the staff in writing.”
United Nations staff union/syndicat du personnel de
l’Organisation des Nations Unies 41st Staff Council / 41e Conseil du personnel
In defense of the International Civil Service
The Staff Council,
Concerned about the negative and misleading comments made by the
Chef de Cabinet to the media on 8 March 2006 (see Annex I);
Dismayed that such a high ranking official of the United Nations is intentionally spreading inaccurate and damaging information while serving the Organization in a leading role;
(a) to request the President to send a letter to the Chef de Cabinet condemning his misleading and divisive comments to the press, calling his attention to the United Nations Code of Conduct, and demanding he retract his comments to the press and issue an apology to the staff in writing;
(b) to launch a publicity campaign in defense of the International Civil Service which will include ads in major world newspapers;
(c) to allocate up to a total of $250,000 from the Staff Union Reserve Fund for such a campaign;
(d) to request the President of the Staff Union to present this resolution to the President of the General Assembly, Chairman of the
Fifth Committee, and Chairman of the ACABQ.
16 March 2006