Jointly Financed Bodies

Date established

May 1975


GA 3042 (XXVII) of 19 December 1972, GA 3357 (XXIX) of 18 December 1974.

The Commission’s mandate covers all facets of staff employment conditions, but the type of action it is empowered to take in a specific area is regulated under its statute.

On some matters (e.g. establishment of daily subsistence allowance; schedules of post adjustment, i.e. cost-of-living element; hardship entitlements), the Commission itself may take decisions.

In other areas, it makes recommendations to the General Assembly which then acts as the legislator for the rest of the common system. Such matters include Professional salary scales, the level of dependency allowances and education grant.

On still other matters, the Commission makes recommendations to the executive heads of the organizations; these include, in particular, human resources policy issues.

The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) is an independent expert body established by the United Nations General Assembly. Its mandate is to regulate and coordinate the conditions of service of staff in the United Nations common system (see below), while promoting and maintaining high standards in the international civil service.

The Commission is composed of fifteen members who serve in their personal capacity. They are appointed by the General Assembly for four-year terms, with due regard for broad geographical representation. The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman are full-time members and are based in New York. The full Commission meets twice a year.

     United Nations (UN)    New York
     United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)*    New York
     United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)*    New York
     United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)*    Copenhagen
     United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)*    Geneva
     United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)*    New York
     United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East (UNRWA)*    Gaza
     International Trade Centre (ITC)*    Geneva
     International Labour Organization (ILO)    Geneva
     Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)    Rome
     World Food Programme (WFP)*    Rome
     United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)    Paris
     World Health Organization (WHO)    Geneva
     International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)    Montreal
     Universal Postal Union (UPU)    Bern
     International Telecommunication Union (ITU)    Geneva
     World Meteorological Organization (WMO)    Geneva
     International Maritime Organization (IMO)    London
     World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)    Geneva
     International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)    Rome
     United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)    Vienna
     International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)    Vienna
     World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)    Madrid
     UN Women (UNWomen)*    New York
     International Seabed Authority (ISA)    Jamaica
     United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) *    Geneva
     International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea    Germany


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