Acronym List



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AI Administrative Instruction An Administrative Instruction usually follows from the Under-Secretary-General for Management. An AI provides the ‘how-to’ procedures for carrying out the policy or change. When even more specific details in procedures are required, Guidelines in support of an AI may be written. 
ASG Assistant Secretary-General Position classified according to the classification standards developed by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
DMSPC Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance

Provide strategic policy leadership in all areas of management through a clear, integrated global management strategy and policy framework.

DPPA Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Plays a central role in UN efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world
DSG Deputy Secretary-General Supports the Secretary-General in ensuring inter-sectoral and inter-institutional coherence of activities and programmes and to support the Secretary-General in elevating the profile and leadership of the United Nations in the economic and social spheres, including further efforts to strengthen the United Nations as a leading centre for development policy and development assistance.

Management Evaluation Unit

The first step in the UN’s formal dispute resolution process. The unit assesses cases and provides management with a chance to correct an improper decision and/or provide an acceptable remedy, thereby reducing the amount of cases that go to the tribunal stage.

Office of Administration of Justice

Responsible for the overall coordination of the formal components of the UN’s internal justice system.


Office Human Resources 

Develops the regulatory human resources framework; strategies; policies; and, directives and provides policy leadership in organizational human resources management areas for all Secretariat staff.


OIOS Office of Internal Oversight Services Assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection, and evaluation services. 
OLA Office of Legal Affairs Provides a unified central legal service for the United Nations and contributes to the progressive development and codification of international public and trade law.

Office of Staff Legal Assistance

Provides free and independent legal advice and representation to UN staff who wish to challenge an adverse administrative decision, or who are subject to disciplinary action.

RO Responsible Official  
SGB Secretary-General’s Bulletin An SGB establishes the directives for and implementation date of policy and mechanisms related to the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules or decisions adopted by the General Assembly, or any important decision decided by the Secretary-General. 
SMG Senior Management Group The high-level body, chaired by the Secretary-General, which brings together leaders of United Nations departments, offices, funds and programmes.

United Nations Appeals Tribunal

The tribunal which reviews appeals against judgments made by, amongst others, the UN Dispute Tribunal.


United Nations Dispute Tribunal

The initial tribunal UN staff members apply to when they wish to challenge an administrative decision made by an entity over which the UNDT has jurisdiction.
UNEO United Nations Ethics Office An independent, confidential and impartial resource for staff who seek advice before engaging in an activity, to avoid and manage conflicts of interest.

United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services

A neutral and independent service, it assists UN employees in addressing work-related concerns and resolving disputes through informal means.
USG Under-Secretary-General  Position classified according to the classification standards developed by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).