Relations with Member States

Relations with representative States

In the client community, Member States are large stakeholders. Staff members should maintain good working relationships with Member States, but they should not interfere in the policies or affairs of Governments. United Nations regulations forbid staff members from criticizing or trying to discredit Member States. United Nations staff members should not attempt to influence Member States through lobbying and should not be influenced themselves.

Relations with your national Government

Staff members do not represent their countries and should not act as a liaison between the United Nations and their Government. Staff members are expected to be loyal to the United Nations and must not give in to pressure to perform any duty requested by their Government that goes against the rules and regulations of the United Nations. For their part, Member States also have a responsibility not to place staff members in a position where international and national loyalties may conflict.

Travel and per diem

If a Member State is hosting a conference or meeting dealing with United Nations-related matters and offers to pay for a staff member’s travel and per diem, it must be authorized by the Secretary-General. This would include accommodation, travel and subsistence allowances that would otherwise be payable to the staff member by the United Nations.