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Membership Types

The Federation has four types of membership.

Full Member

The membership of the Federation is constituted by the staff associations and unions of organizations belonging to the United Nations family, or applying the terms and conditions of service of the United Nations common system, and by the staff associations and unions of regional offices of any of these organizations, which:

  1. Possess legislative organs consisting of elected representatives;
  2. Accept the FICSA Statutes in writing and undertake to respect them.

An application for membership should be addressed to the Executive Committee. A copy of the statutes of the staff association or union should accompany the application. Approval of application requires a decision of the FICSA Council by a two-thirds majority of votes cast, in the light of a recommendation by the Executive Committee.

Associate Member

Associate membership is constituted by the staff associations and unions of international organizations not belonging to the United Nations family and not applying the terms and conditions of service of the United Nations common system, which:

  1. Possess legislative organs consisting of elected representatives;
  2. Accept the FICSA Statutes in writing and undertake to respect them.

An application for membership should be addressed to the Executive Committee. A copy of the statutes of the staff association or union should accompany the application. Approval of application requires a decision of the FICSA Council by a two-thirds majority of votes cast, in the light of a recommendation by the Executive Committee.

Ensures that equitable conditions of service are maintained at a level that will ensure the recruitment and retention of the most qualified people

Dues for Full Members and Associate Members are assessed on a weighted scale.

Consultative Status

Consultative status with the Federation may be granted by the Council, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, to associations and unions of actively employed or retired international civil servants and to similar bodies which do not fulfil the conditions for Full or Associate membership, but whose aims are similar to the Members of the Federation.

Observer Status

Observer status with the Federation may be granted by the Council, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee, to local inter-organizational federations upon their request.

Dues to be paid to FICSA by members with consultative or observer status are at a flat rate, defined by the FICSA Council.