FICSA came into being on 1st of May 1952, as the Staff Associations/Unions of the European Office of the United Nations (now known as United Nations Office at Geneva), United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Health Organization (WHO) established FICSA as a federation and accepted its statutes.
Today, FICSA is a federation of 30 Staff Associations/Unions of organizations belonging to the United Nations Common System, 18 Staff Associations/Unions from international organizations outside the UN Common System have associate status, while 15 Staff Associations/Unions are consultative members. Federation of United Nations Staff Associations (FUNSA)s of various countries sit as observers in FICSA.
The diversity of membership ensures that all staff in the field and at headquarters duty stations have an opportunity to exchange views and information about the conditions of service, seek the Federation's assistance and support when difficulties arise, and organize collective action.
PLEASE NOTE: FICSA has no right to intervene in individual cases and can only intervene when it is a matter concerning the freedom of association and staff representation issues, for example, if a staff representative is being retaliated against due to his/her staff representation activities. Even then, FICSA can only intervene, if and when, requested to do so by the FICSA-member staff association/union.