Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tsunamis of management practice, not natural disasters, beset the UN Pension Fund, 8 September 2016

Comment (posted on the Passblue website) in response to article 'Skeptics Still Question the Status of the UN's $54 Billion Pension Fund (link below):

In “Skeptics Still Question the Status of the UN’s $54 Billion Pension Fund” (link below), Susan Manuel does a credible job exposing the problems roiling the Fund, but in the telling, assigns accountability nowhere and to no one. First, the title is somewhat curious: “Skeptics still question….”. Skepticism, as in “inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions” can be a useful trait. However, “still” implies that in the face of irrefutable evidence, some of us persist in our stubborn refusal to accept truths in front of our noses.
Rather, what the skeptics among us don’t accept is “received wisdom”, i.e., “knowledge or information that people generally believe is true, although in fact it is often false”. And we know that much of what’s proffered as truth about the Fund is false, because there’s copious evidence to the contrary.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

UN Pension Fund - New member service, 5 September 2016

UN Pension Blog received this message yesterday in an email from a retired UN colleague:

UNJSPF Member Self Service

I have been complaining for more than 18 years that the Pension Fund website did not allow participants and beneficiaries access to see their gross pension amount as well as ASHI (After Service Health Insurance) deductions, etc. As of a  few days ago, the UNJSPF now offers this service. 

In order to access the service, one logs on to the UNJSPF site, click on 'Beneficiary' or 'Participant' and click on 'Member Self Service' on the top left side of the screen. One must get a new number (as per instructions) and log on!