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The International Civil Service: A Reference Compendium for United Nations Personnel

This compendium is designed to serve as a reference point on the laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that relate directly to the international civil service.

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Title:The International Civil Service: A Reference Compendium for United Nations Personnel
Author:Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Published:4 November 2020
Licence: All rights reserved
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This compendium provides a reference point on the laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that relate directly to the international civil service (ICS). Building on Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy, it is intended as a tool for discussing norm-based, principled leadership.

The compendium’s release coincides with two milestones – the 100th anniversary of the ICS in 2019 and the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 – which provide a suitable moment to catalyse dialogue on how the ICS could be strengthened.

It has been produced for the benefit of United Nations personnel worldwide, including members of the UN Secretariat, duty-station staff, participants in peacekeeping missions, employees of the various UN funds and programmes, and staff within specialised agencies. It may also have additional utility for new recruits to the ICS, members of the UN leadership, managers and trainers.

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