Invitation to attend the new UN Secretary-General's first major speech in the UK








UN Orchestra performing at the Dome in Brighton


Collaboration with UNA-UK

Launch of an IDS Evidence Report marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

The UN General Assembly Urges the $54 Billion Pension Fund to Shape Up

Launch of the UNJSPF Member Self-Service (MSS) portal





















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UNA-UK will host H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, for his first major public speech in the UK on the afternoon of Wednesday 10 May at Central Hall Westminster. It is expected that this event will take place between 1pm and 3pm, and will confirm exact timings shortly.  Mr Guterres’s speech will be followed by an interactive session.

Mr Guterres took office on 1 January this year, following the most transparent selection process in UN history, which UNA-UK campaigned to achieve. Prior to his appointment, he served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005–2015), earning a reputation for speaking truth to power, and as Prime Minister of Portugal (1995–2002), during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor. He takes up the UN’s reins at a time of growing global instability, when many have lost confidence in political leadership and institutions. Having witnessed firsthand the suffering in refugee camps and war zones, he is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Secure your place now.


The United Nations Orchestra, with guest soloist Freddy Kempf, will be performing at the Brighton Dome on Saturday, 1 July 2017. Full details, including the programme, are available at The orchestra performs all its concerts for humanitarian causes, and profits from this event will be donated to UNICEF’s war orphans rescue programme.
A group from Kent and Sussex Region will be attending, and will be meeting beforehand at an Italian restaurant close to the Dome. Any other BAFUNCS members wishing to attend should obtain their own tickets, but are welcome to join KSX at the restaurant. Please contact Joan Wilson if you plan to attend.

Please see the Links page for information on a collaborative programme between BAFUNCS and UNA-UK




This report is the outcome of a year-long project by the IDS, BAFUNCS, the UNA-UK, the Weston (Bodleian) Library, and King's College, London as one of the activities of the UN Career Records Project (UNCRP) to mark the UN's 70th anniversary. It highlights conclusions and recommendations from three "UN at 70 Witness Seminars" held at the IDS (May 2015), Weston (Bodleian Library) (October 2015), and Church House, Westminster (January 2016).

The Evidence Report is available online here. It is hoped that it will contribute to reminding readers of the many roles UK citizens have played and still play in the UN - and perhaps encourage persons at earlier stages of their careers to consider ways their skills and commitments can contribute to the UN. In addition, it is hoped that the policy implicatIons from the Witness Seminars will be of use both to the UK government and the UN system.

(A review of the report will be included in the March 2017 BAFUNCS Newsletter.)

The full records of the Witness Seminars as well as the collection of reports, records and papers accumulated during the programme will be added to the archive records of the UN in the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the UNCRP, and will thus be available for both historical and further research purposes.




The United Nations General Assembly sharply rebuked the United Nations Pension Fund, which it oversees, reaffirming control of the $54 billion account by the UN Secretariat and calling on the fund to improve its problematic performance and service to its 72,000 beneficiaries. See the report by PassBlue here.

The UNJSPF Member Self-Service (MSS) portal was launched at the end of August 2016. This new tool provides UNJSPF members access to their pension account information: retirees/beneficiaries will be able to see when their Certificate of Entitlement (CE) has been received by the Fund, see the historical record of the disbursements made by the Fund (with information about one-time cash payments and/or periodic payments made by beneficiaries), and download and print customized E-forms if they wish to update their pension fund account information.

A new Unique Identification Number (UID) has been generated for all individuals in the Fund's database, including active participants, retirees and other beneficiaries, inlcuding dependants. The UID will replace the two IDs previously in use. Once this UID has been received, beneficiaries can register for the MSS and thereafter access their account by logging in using the user name and password created during registration.

Once you have received your UID, go to and follow the instructions to register (several self-help videos are available).




Updated 28 April 2017