What is ARICSA

Office and Contact

Vienna International Centre
Room C0249B (from 1 Mar 2016)
(was A0401 till 29 Feb 2016)
Wagramerstrasse 5
1400 Vienna
AustriaTel (Office): 01 / 2600-25116
Tel (TAS): 01 / 2600-26116 (Telephone Answering Service)
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Email: office at aricsa.org
Email: inquires at aricsa.org
Email: president at aricsa.org


  • to promote and protect the rights and interests of United Nations-system retirees in Austria;
  • to support the principles and the purposes of the United Nations and its work;
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of problems and represent its members’ interests before the appropriate United Nations bodies and Austrian authorities;
  • to provide information and assistance to individual members and promote social contact among them.

History and membership

The Association started informally with meetings of IAEA retirees chaired by the late Dr. Henry Seligman, gradually encompassing those of UNIDO and UNOV, and finally officialised as an Association in 1993.
Membership is open to all retirees from the Vienna-based United Nations organizations as well as to other UN-system retirees and their survivors resident in Austria and elsewhere as associate members. General meetings are held once a year in the Vienna International Centre (VIC). ARICSA also publishes a Newsletter, which is sent to members in good standing.

International contacts

ARICSA maintains contacts with UN-system retiree associations in other countries, the largest being in France, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is a member of the Federation of Associations of Former International Civil Servants (FAFICS).
A portion of each member’s annual dues goes towards paying the Association’s membership in FAFICS, which represents UN retirees in two major bodies: the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board and its Standing Committee, further to which it enjoys consultative status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) as a registered non-governmental organization and is an observer at sessions of the ICSC (International Civil Service Commission).


ARICSA has an Executive Committee (ExCom) consisting of:

  • a president,
  • two vice-presidents,
  • an executive secretary,
  • a treasurer
  • and three ad hoc members elected for a two-year term.

The ExCom is elected at Annual General Meetings in odd-numbered years.

The current ExCom, elected at the AGM 2017, to serve until the AGM 2019, consists of:

  • Mr Jerry Barton, President

((Note: all other positions are those elected by the ExCom at its first meeting following the elections at the 2017 AGM, i.e. at the 21 December 2017 meeting.)

  • Mr. Gerhard Schramek, First Vice-President, Representative on: IAEA Staff Pension Committee and IAEA Health and Life Insurance Committee
  • Ms. Elisabeth Swaton, Second Vice-President
  • Ms. Rosemarie Orkan-Lecki, Executive Secretary
  • Ms. Manijeh Torabi, Treasurer
  • Mr. Olaf-Michael Stefanov, Web site administrator
  • Mr. Werner Blenk
  • Ms. Karin Burmester, first elected at the AGM 2017

Note: Mr. Goeran Appelgren, who served on the Executive until the AGM 2017, also served as the Representative on the UNIDO/UNOV Health and Life Insurance Committee. This function still needs to be re-assigned.

ARICSA Secretariat

In its day-to-day activities ARICSA is supported by a Secretariat consisting of:

  • Ms. Veronique Whalen, Office Administrator, (as of the AGM 2017) and
  • Ms. Veronika Scharff-Heckenast, Membership Coordinator
  • Mr. Martin Reading, Newsletter Editor (as of Newsletter No. 81)

Other Organs

The statutes provide for an audit committee, an arbitration committee and polling officers as organs of the Association.



  • maintains a Telephone Assistance Service (TAS) from 2 pm to 4 pm Mondays though Fridays in the ARICSA office (The office moved from Room A0401 to C0249B on 1 March 2016.) at the VIC (phone number: 01/2600-26116);
  • facilitates participation in staff-operated clubs and recreational facilities;
  • intervenes with local banks to ensure that pension payments are correctly credited;
  • provides advice to members on residence permits and tax-related matters;
  • organises cultural activities, excursions, luncheons, lectures and other events.