Maternity Leave

(1) At the 35th session (March 1972: CO-ORDINATION/R.931, para. 41) CCAQ agreed that a staff member entitled to maternity leave may, at her option, take a minimum of four weeks' maternity leave prior to confinement and the balance of the entitlement after confinement instead of the normal six weeks before and six weeks after confinement.

Annual and special leave

(1) At its 11th session (April 1951: CCA/A.11/SR.7, 10 and 11; CO-ORDINATION/R.93) CCAQ decided the policy to be followed in principle in dealing with staff called for military service.

(2) At the 18th session (March 1957: CO-ORDINATION/R.245, para. 23) CCAQ noted a proposal of UN concerning the administration of annual leave rules in resignation cases; this had a useful bearing on the problem of ensuring equality of treatment between staff members who gave notice of resignation and those who did not. (

Rest and recuperation travel

(1)     From 1968 to 1981, provisions existed whereby staff members in certain field duty stations where conditions were such that action to obtain relief was warranted, were entitled to rest and recuperation travel to designated leave centres, in years during which they were not entitled to home leave. These provisions were defined by CCAQ until ICSC introduced a scheme for the classification of duty stations according to conditions of life and work in 1980 (see section 10.2).

Hours of work and public holidays

(1) At a special session in July 1972 (CO-ORDINATION/R.947, para. 10), CCAQ discussed a proposal that in accordance with General Assembly resolution 2782 (XXXVI) 24 October (UN Day) should be an additional public holiday. It felt that while there might be no objection to the substitution of UN day for another public holiday, it would not be advisable to make it an additional day unless a considerable number of Member States did so. It noted that some organizations had 8 public holidays, some 9 and others 10. It agreed that 10 should not be exceeded.

Adoption leave

(1) At its 14th session (CEB/2007/HR/14, para.74), the HR Network urged agencies, which have not yet implemented adoption leave to do so and also supported recommendations made by WFP, WHO and UNDP that each staff member should be entitled to full adoption leave, that adoption leave should be a specific kind of leave rather than fall under “special leave”.

Other related matters

(1) At the 14th session (CEB/2007/HR/14, para.74) of the HR Network, the Commission decided that its coordinating and regulating role in the area of leave entitlements should be concentrated on ensuring a consistent common system policy with respect to those elements of leave which were essential to maintaining harmonized recruitment incentives, facilitating mobility of staff and ensuring coherent conditions of employment among organizations with similar situated staff.  The areas of concentration would include, but would not be limited to annual, home and sick leave.

Sick Leave

(1) At the first part of the 21st session (April 1960: CO-ORDINATION/R.325, Annex I) CCAQ recorded that sick leave for General Service staff should be on the same basis as for Professionals.