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The General Assembly as well as all Secretary-Generals of the UN (Secretary- General) have repeatedly emphasized that they consider the personnel of the United Nations its most important asset. The staffing concept establishes an independent international civil service whose members perform their functions free from any national influence and solely in the interest of the organization, and hence of the world community. The expectation that the end of the Cold War would offer an opportunity for reviving the international civil service has only partly been met. The inter-agency cooperation in the personnel field, within the framework of the so-called Common System, has been closer than in any other area. The United Nations operate their own Pension Fund which is financed from contributions shared between the staff and the organizations.

Keywords: General Assembly; international civil service; Pension Fund; UN personnel

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