A report providing lessons learned from past UN reforms, including the Change Initiative, highlights among its key recommendations the importance of engaging with staff unions from the very start.
According to the report called “Managing Change at the United Nations: Lessons from Recent Initiatives”, it’s author Francesco Mancini, advises:
“Engagement of the various staff unions, particularly at the beginning stage of reforms, is important—as they have direct lines to member states and are given a voice in committee sessions on issues that involve staff (such as mobility and flexible working arrangements). Building credibility and trust with these elected representatives of staff can go a long way to building trust with member states, and the reverse is also true.”
The full link of the report is here: https://www.ipinst.org/2015/10/managing-change-at-the-united-nations-lessons-from-recent-initiatives