Holidays and leave

Annual leave : is granted to staff at the rate of 2 ½ working days per month.

Maternity Leave : consists of 16 weeks of paid leave. To start from 6 weeks before the probable date of confinement and until 10 weeks after.

Paternity Leave : 4 weeks of paid leave; increased to 8 weeks in non-family duty stations.

Holidays

At Headquarters, French public holidays are non-working days. The following holidays are observed:

  • New Year's Day: 1 January,
  • Easter Monday,
  • Labour Day: 1 May,
  • Victory Day: 8 May, 
  • Ascension,
  • Whit Monday,
  • French National Day: 14 July,
  • Assumption: 15 August,
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November,
  • Armistice: 11 November,
  • Christmas Day: 25 December.

Official holidays in field offices are established in accordance with local UN practice.