The Association of Former International Civil Servants Greycells organises, in collaboration with its partners, an Intergenerational Dialogue on the 100 Years of the International Civil Service on 21 November 2019 in Geneva, at La Pastorale (see the programme, the registration form and the concept note of the event on

This anonymous survey aims at assessing the knowledge of the international civil service (ICS) among the public at large. The correct answers to the questions below will be posted on The results of this survey will be presented at the Dialogue and will be useful for the panelists and the audience.

The closing date of this survey is November 13, 2019, at midnight. Thank you for your participation.

For statistical purposes, please provide the following information (all replies will be kept anonymous):

Are you / have you been a UN intern ?
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Nationality (ies)
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Current occupation
1. In order to maintain their neutrality, international civil servants cannot express their opinions
2. International civil servants are appointed by the governments of their country :
3. International civil servants may make decisions without receiving instructions :
4. The salaries of international civil servants are paid by the government of their country :
5. At the time of appointment, international civil servants take an oath to swear their loyalty to :
6. International civil servants have a wide margin of maneuver in using the funds they manage :
7. Because of the neutrality of Switzerland, there can be no Swiss international civil servants at United Nations and specialized agencies :
8. To obtain a position in the United Nations Secretariat or one of its agencies, one must have a recommendation from a government :
9. International civil servants and NGO staff have the same status :
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