2020 Governing Board Election: Call for Candidates

> Vacancy announcement for Executive Assistant

> Former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar turned 100

> Mel Silverman was a prominent and active member of the "Mohicans" - Note from the Charities Foundation President

> Celebrating the retirement and service of Jamna Israni

DC1 cafe reopened

> Update of Insurance Premium Rates effective 1 July 2019

> Mr. Anthony Fouracre, Charities Foundation President, encourages members to alert the Foundation of any individual who might be in need of financial assistance.  Go to the Charities Foundation page for more details on who qualifies and how to apply.


AFICS/NY - A Community of Interests

Welcome to the Website of the Association of Former International Civil Servants/New York (AFICS/NY)

Since our establishment at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in 1970, AFICS/NY (the Association) has been working to protect the interests of retiring and retired UN staff and their families.  We are advocates for our members, informing and supporting them on matters related to the Pension Fund, Health Insurance, USA Taxation, Social Security, and Residence in the USA.  We also promote member well-being, and foster social and personal relationships through activities such as Ageing Smart workshops and Social Events.  Useful information and links for members living (or visiting) the NYC area, and in support of the work of the UN are also provided.

Make the AFICS/NY website your information portal before and after retirement!



> Great News: In accordance with UNJSPF Pension Adjustment System, there will be a 4.2% cost-of-living increase to the US dollar track

> Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (EBCBS) has introduced a new pharmacy benefits manager

> Information on Pension Fund's Investments from the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) held 13 November 2019

Report from the FAFICS delegation to the July 2019 Pension Board session in Vienna

> Annual Assembly held 29th May 2019

Statement by the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG), 1st May 2019

> AFICS/NY Governing Board's Policy Guidance on Pension Fund Governance issues, 1st May 2019

> Message from FAFICS President Re S-G's remarks on International Women Day

> UN Health and Life Insurance Section established a dedicated telephone line that retirees can call with any questions concerning ASHI.  (See Contacts on Insurance Page here)

> New ID Cards for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan Members have been issued.

Note from Chair of UNJSPB on S-G's appointment of Ms. Janice Dunn Lee as Acting Chief Executive officer of UNJSPF as of 1st January 2019

ASHI participants are reminded that the Health & Life Insurance Section (HLIS) indicates that they MUST be provided with a copy of the new Medicare Cards (emailing it to ashi@un.org), and caution that failure to provide the updated Medicare information may affect the processing of claims. 

> Some members paying the Medicare Part B Premium are not being reimbursed as they have not submitted the required documentation to the Insurance & Disbursement Service (IDS).


Why Join AFICS/NY?

> To be a part of the unique community of former international civil servants with shared cultural diversity, ideals, and continued common links to the work of the United Nations system.

> To make new friends and keep in touch with former colleagues through the AFICS/NY Website, Directory and Bulletin.

> To stay informed on the latest developments on pension benefit management and investment issues.  The AFICS/NY Governing Board actively advocates on behalf of member concerns and ensures no erosion of benefits.

> To keep up-to-date on After Service Health Insurance (ASHI) benefits and premiums, including Medicare Part B.  The AFICS/NY Governing Board actively participates in the Health and Life Insurance Committee (HLIC) to advocate that health benefits remain optimal and increases in premiums are kept at a minimum.

> To enjoy social events, activities and workshops organized by AFICS/NY promoting the welfare and wellbeing of members.

> To get up-to-date, easy to understand information on: a) volunteer opportunities; b) income tax issues; c) legal advisory services; d) assisted living facilities, senior centres, and nursing homes; e) services provided by State and Municipal governments; f) ways to keep personal information up-to-date; g) and, to assist other members in need of support.

> To contribute articles and news items for the AFICS/NY Bulletin.

> To participate in the work of the AFICS/NY Charities Foundation which provides short term emergency financial assistance to members in times of need.

These, and other opportunities for engagement, are available through membership in AFICS/NY.

What are you waiting for?

Click  HERE  for information on types of memberships available, their cost, and the Membership Application Form.



  • UN System Support:  Fosters member participation in the substantive activities of the UN system by their writing, public speaking, NGO involvement and represents FAFICS on request.
  • Support:  Provides assistance on legal, insurance and other personal matters as requested and as appropriate.
  • Outreach:  Supports and outreach to individuals as appropriate.

   SERVICES  page



The Charities Foundation grants assistance to members in need.



Volunteer Opportunities

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.  Mahatma Gandhi

Please share your knowledge and skills.  Visit our  Committees  page for more details on the work we do for ideas.  For example:



Website Usage Tester

Graphics Designer

Technology Innovation Researcher

Research/Data Entry Assistance


Volunteer Coordinator

Additionally: Would you like to join the UN Speakers Bureau and share your UN expertise and career path? The UN Speakers Bureau team in DPI is always looking to add new speakers to its roster to talk to a range of audiences, especially students.  Most briefings take place at UNHQ, while some have the opportunity to travel.  Go to our  Volunteering  page for further details!




FAFICS is a Federation of 63 member Associations of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS), organizations and agencies of the United Nations system located in all regions of the world. The Federation was established in 1975 and has offices at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and New York. 

  FAFICS News page

  AFICS/NY's FAFICS Affiliations page


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AFICS / New York

Room DC1-580

Tuesday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Monday closed)

(212) 963-2943




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