BAFUNCS became a member of the Federation of Associations of Former International Civil Servants (FAFICS) in June 1981. It is one of 59 similar associations throughout the world. FAFICS (with its head office in Geneva) has consultative status, as a non-governmental organization, with the United Nations. The FAFICS Council meets at least once a year, usually in the place and at the time when the UN Joint Staff Pension Board, on which it has two non-voting seats, is meeting. Whenever possible, BAFUNCS is represented at Council meetings, which affords an opportunity to meet with senior United Nations System management as well as to coordinate approaches to any issues relating to United Nations pensions and after-service health insurance (ASHI).
The largest member associations of FAFICS are in Geneva and New York and many BAFUNCS members who served at these duty stations are members of these as well. Being situated near the headquarters of the United Nations, these associations are well placed to follow closely all matters of relevance to former staff members, particularly the Pension Fund.
BAFUNCS relies to a great extent on FAFICS where policy action concerning pensions is needed and through its membership of FAFICS it is part of the network that the United Nations organizations use to brief their retirees. The Chairman of the Executive Committee is the focal point for liaison with FAFICS.
The Report on the 46th Session of the FAFICS Council is available here, while the documents for the meeting, as well as presentations by the Representative of the Secretary-General and the CEO of the Pension Fund can be accessed via the ARICSA website, under the heading “FICSA Council”.
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