About AFUS 

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What services can AFUS provide for its members ?

The AFUS office is open to members at certain times each week. 

Information and advice:

  •  pensions and taxation
  • health insurance, liaison with the Medical Benefits Fund
  • personal activities: contacts, voluntary work
  • granting of loans or gifts to members who are placed temporarily in difficult situations
  • contacts with members in hospital
Cultural and Leisure Activities:
  • guided visits, excursions, cultural tourism
  • annual get-together over lunch
  • Informatics club for Grandparents
  • painting classes, etc.
Discussion forum:
- The Miollis Group carries out research and reflection on Unesco's past, present and future. It has a programme of publication: Unesco and the Years Ahead, by Michel Batisse, and The Miollis Papers. It cooperates with the Task Forces of the Executive Board and of the Secretariat
Quarterly bulletin LINK:
- deals with the Association's activities, the life-style and activities of former staff members, the past, present and future of Unesco.
LINK's columns are open to all.

How to join 

Former staff members of Unesco or other organizations of the United Nations system may join as:

• members or affiliate members for the ongoing year by paying a fee fixed at the present time at 35 euros or the equivalent in US$ for former P grades and 25 euros or the equivalent in US$ for former GS grades;

• life members or affiliate life members by paying once and for all a sum representing ten times the amount of the annual fee.

The surviving spouse of a deceased member or life member may join the Association, if he or she wishes, under the same conditions (the surviving spouse of a life member has nothing to pay).

At the time of joining members should state if they permit their names and/or addresses to be included in the list of members published every two years. 

What are its objectives ?

1. The objectives of the Association are essentially:
a. to uphold the rights of its members and to defend their moral and material interests vis-à-vis all the authorities concerned, in particular the Director-General and Administration of Unesco, and the organs of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund;

b. to maintain former staff members’ bonds
of friendship and mutual interest, both among themselves and with serving staff members;

c. to provide its members assistance and information on matters within its competence (pensions, health insurance and other matters of a social nature) that they may encounter as individuals;

d. to contribute, as far as it is able, to the organization of cultural and leisure activities for its members;

e. to provide serving staff members, in its fields of competence, with information that might be of use to them at the time of separation from service;

2. On the basis of the experience of its members, it also proposes to contribute to the attainment of the goals
of Unesco and the whole of the United Nations system. 

Who can become a member ?

1. Any former staff member of Unesco, as defined by the Staff Regulations and Rules, may become a member of the Association.

2. Any staff member of Unesco may become a member during the period of twelve months preceding the date of his/her retirement.

3. Any former staff member of an organization of the United Nations system may join the Association as an affiliate member.

4. The surviving spouse of a deceased member or affiliate member may become a member of the Association, if he or she so desires.

Any member of the Association may become a member or continue to be a member of any other association of former international civil servants or of a staff association of an organization of the United Nations system. 

How representative is it?

1. Created in 1991 as an independent association, AFUS counted nearly 1,550 members in 49 countries at the end of 2003. Almost two thirds of its members live in France. The possibility of setting up local sections of AFUS at certain regional offices is under consideration..

2. Relations with Unesco:

The Association provides a link between Unesco and its former staff members whom it represents vis-à-vis the Director-General and the relevant services of the Secretariat (especially the administrative and medico-social services, the Medical Benefits Fund, the Staff Savings and Loans Service and the Commissary), as well as the Unesco Staff Pension Committee.

3. Relations with other organizations:

The Association establishes and maintains relations with the relevant organs of the United Nations system (in particular the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund), especially within the framework of the Federation of Associations of Former International Civil Servants (FAFICS).

It maintains relations with sister associations which regroup former staff members of the United Nations system and with other organizations having similar or complementary aims.

How is it run ?

The Association is run by an Executive Committee of twelve members elected by the General Assembly for a term of three years. A third of the Committee is renewed each year; outgoing members are re-eligible.