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Record of decisions of United Nations sectoral meeting, April 16, 2005 - Geneva

The United Nations world sectoral meeting held in Geneva on 16 April 2005, approved ( 252 in favour,  124 against, 10 abstentions, with a total number of 396 persons present and represented

Here are the main results of the negotiations which took place in Geneva from 13-15 April:

The working conditions set out in the present Agreement (chap. VI, para. 19 & 20) remain unchanged.  The subject was not even touched upon.

The changes to the text of the Agreement are as follows:

  • introduction (new paragraph 6) of a text defining options and firm offers which specifies that an option must be confirmed or cancelled at least one week before the first day of an engagement;
  • introduction (in a footnote) of a minimum period between two assignments (1h30);
  • introduction in article 14 (travel conditions) of a sentence indicating that the interpreter shall confirm travel arrangements as soon as possible (dans les meilleurs délais);
  • deletion of the WHO reservation in article 12 (footnote on page 10) regarding reference in the contract to travel days;
  • deletion of the WHO and UNESCO reservations in the footnote to page 13 (workload – number of sessions in a 3 day meeting).  The reservations as well as the AIIC counter-reservation are thus formally removed from the text;
  • the various reservations entered by ICAO regarding the use of the expression “short-term staff member” are replaced by a reservation having general scope.

Insurance (sickness, accident and loss-of-earnings): a joint working party (AIIC-Organisations) will be set up;

Duration of Agreement  remains 5 years: from 1st May 2005 to 30th April 2010 but with the obligation to renegotiate at least 3 months before expiry (i.e. before 31st January 2010).  Furthermore AIIC and the Organisations will ‘take stock’ of how the Agreement is working midway through that period, i.e. in two and a half years’ time.

Tax position in UNESCO: given the Organisation’s absence from the negotiations, AIIC has officially requested the CEB to intervene.

The case of London will be dealt with bilaterally under article 26.

Annexe A (remuneration)

The rates decided upon at completion of the negotiations are as follows: (right-hand column: rates under the current Agreement which expires on 30 April 2005):

Interpreter I Previous rate Interpreter II
Americas USD 437.- (USD 433.-) USD 291.50
Austria € 392.- (€ 389.50) € 261.50
France € 350.- (€ 345.-) € 233.50
Italy € 374.- (€ 361.-) € 249.50
Switzerland CHF 655.- (CHF 639.-) CHF 437.-
United Kingdom GBP 225.- (GBP 220.10) GBP 150.-
World rate USD 394.- (USD 389.50) USD 262.-
"European" rate € 335.-


€ 223.-

The “european rate” henceforth applies to all work performed in Europe by interpreters when working elsewhere than at their professional address, with the obvious exception of an interpreter working in a HQ city which is the same as her/his professional domicile. [Example: an interpreter from the US, an interpreter from Greece and an interpreter from Geneva, all working at a meeting in The Hague would all receive the same rate of €335].

Interpreters domiciled in Europe no longer have the option of choosing to receive the World rate in either Euros or US dollars.  The new “European rate” represents the average of the rates for the three HQ cities with euros (Austria, France, Italy) minus 10%; this rate will thus increase each time that the rate for one of these countries rises as a result of inflation.  The rates remain indexed on the cost-of-living indices of the HQ cities, in steps of 3%, as before.

Recommended citation format:
United Nations Negotiating Delegation. "Record of decisions of United Nations sectoral meeting, April 16, 2005 - Geneva". April 18, 2005. Accessed June 2, 2020. <>.

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