Conduct and Discipline

All United Nations personnel, Volunteers and contractual workers are expected to uphold the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. They must respect their obligations as set out under the Staff Rules and Regulations, comply with local laws and treat the local population with respect and dignity at all times.

All UN personnel must observe the following core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for diversity.

 All UN personnel must also comply with the following responsibilities:

  • Competence;
  • Impartiality;
  • Adherence to highest standards of conduct;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Independence;
  • Respect for fundamental rights

    What is Considered ‘Misconduct’?

    Violations of Higher Risk to the Organization are classified as Category 1 misconduct and include: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), Serious and Complex Fraud, Abuse of Authority and staff, Conflict of Interest, all cases involving risk or loss of life or to others, including witnesses, Substantial violation of UN regulations, rules or Administrative issuances.

    Violations of Lower Risk to the organization are classified as Category 2 misconduct and include among others; Personnel Matters (including harassment), Traffic Related offences (e.g. unauthorized passengers), Basic misuse of equipment by staff, Infraction of regulations, rules or administrative issuances, Simple entitlement fraud and others.

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