Full membership of the Association is open to any past or present staff members of the organizations or agencies of the United Nations System, as well as their spouses. Widows and widowers of staff members can belong in their own right. Members of the Association do not need to have British citizenship or even to reside in the United Kingdom; all nationalities are eligible and welcome.
Associate membership is open to all persons who support the objectives of the Association. They may participate fully in its activities, but they do not have the right to vote or hold office.
Serving staff members of United Nations organizations are encouraged to join the Association. Membership can be of particular value to them and to the Association in their last few years of service, especially if they intend to retire to the United Kingdom.
How to Join
Those interested in joining should complete a Membership Application Form, which can be downloaded from the website, or requested from the Membership Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Since BAFUNCS welcomes active participation by its members, attention is drawn to the second page of the Membership Application Form, which invites prospective members to indicate experience or skills that they feel might be useful to the Association. Signature of the Application Form is understood to confirm support for the aims of the Association and agreement to abide by its Constitution.
New members will be assigned to one of the 10 BAFUNCS regions (see ) and will receive the latest Membership List, the Constitution, the most recent issue of the BAFUNCS Newsletter, the Guide to the BAFUNCS Benevolent Fund, and copies of the Information Notes produced by the Association (see ). New members are also provided with a list of regional officers, which includes the name of their Regional Representative. All this information can also be obtained from the members’ area of the BAFUNCS website.
Although a cheque is acceptable in payment of the annual subscription, payment by Banker’s Standing Order is preferred as this greatly reduces the work of the Subscriptions Secretary and assists the Association in the preparation of its annual budget. A Banker’s Standing Order form is provided at the foot of the Application Form. The Subscriptions Secretary will send the completed form to the bank who will follow its instructions, and thereafter there is no need for reminders for subscriptions every year. Payment by Standing Order can be cancelled (or changed) at any time by a written request to the bank.
The Association is financed entirely by subscriptions. The annual standard subscription is £14 for an individual member and £21 for a couple. These are the minimum subscription rates. New members are encouraged to be as generous as possible, bearing in mind that if they can pay more it helps to keep the basic subscription as low as possible. This in turn helps the Association’s less well-placed members.
There are provisions for paying for life membership by a lump sum, which is open to members over the age of 60. Life membership currently costs £210 for an individual member, or £315 for a couple.