General Information

The UNSSC is committed to protecting individual privacy and securing the personal information processed by the UNSSC. As an international organization belonging in the United Nations System, the UNSSC enjoys privileges and immunities and is not bound by privacy and data protection regulations enacted by nation States, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The UNSSC processes personal data in accordance with the Personal Data Protection and Privacy Principles adopted by the UN High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) at its 36th Meeting on 11 October 2018, and this document.

The UNSSC defines personal data as “information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”). The UNSSC uses the term “data processing” to describe all the activities associated with the handling of personal data, including collection, storage, usage, transfer, and disposal.

On this basis, the UNSSC processes personal data in accordance with the following principles:

Fair and Legitimate Processing

The UNSSC processes personal data in a fair manner, in accordance with its mandate and on the basis of any of the following:

  1. The consent of the data subject, for example when a data subject enrols in a training course;
  2. The best interest of the data subject, consistent with the mandate of the UNSSC;
  3. The mandate and applicable legal framework of the UNSSC. For example, the UNSSC may collect the feedback of participants to better design future training activities;
  4. Any other legal basis specifically identified by the UNSSC.

Purpose Specification

Personal data should be processed for one or more specific purposes(s), consistent with the UNSSC’s mandate and considering the balancing of relevant rights, freedoms and interests. Personal data should not be processed in a way incompatible with such purpose(s). The UNSSC may process personal data to provide information to the users of its learning platform, such as new training opportunities and event. It may also use personal data to perform data analytics to understand, support and optimize the learning experience.

Proportionality and Necessity

The processing of personal data should be relevant, adequate and limited to what is necessary in relation to the specified purpose(s) of personal data processing. For example, if you apply to work at the UNSSC, we will not use your data in any other context.


Personal data should be retained only for the time that is necessary for the specified purpose(s).


Personal data should be accurate and, where necessary, up to date to fulfil the specified purpose(s).


Personal data should be processed with due regard to confidentiality.


The UNSSC should implement appropriate organizational, administrative, physical and technical safeguards and procedures to protect the security of personal data, including against or from unauthorized or accidental access, damage, loss or other risks presented by data processing.


Processing of personal data should be carried out with transparency to the data subjects, as appropriate and whenever possible. This should include, for example, provision of information about the processing of their personal data as well as information on how to request access, verification, rectification, and/or deletion of that personal data, insofar as the specified purpose for which personal data is processed is not frustrated.


In carrying out its mandated activities, the UNSSC may transfer personal data to a third party, provided that, under the circumstances, the UNSSC satisfies itself that the third party affords appropriate protection for the personal data.


The Legal Officer is the focal point for data protection and privacy issues, and it provides advice to ensure that personal data is processed in accordance with the above principles.

Privileges and Immunities

Nothing in or relating to this privacy policy shall be deemed a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities of UNSSC under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the protection or processing of your personal data by the UNSSC, please contact the UNSSC at


Aside from the personal information that you actively disclose to us for a specific purpose, UNSSC may also collect and store anonymous information about your browsing behaviour when you visit our website, through the use of cookies. By using the UNSSC website, you agree that we can place the types of cookies set out below on your computer, mobile phone or handheld device and use such information in accordance with UNSSC’s privacy and data protection policy.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files made up of letters and numbers placed onto your computer or other mobile devices when you access the UNSSC website. UNSSC uses cookies to collect information about you to the extent necessary to ensure its website’s functionality and performance as well as for the purpose of targeting its audience and tailoring the content offered to the public both on its website and elsewhere. We send cookies when you visit the UNSSC websites, respond to online surveys or polls, or request information. Accepting the cookies used on the UNSSC website does not give us access to your personally identifiable information, but we can use the cookies to, for example, identify your computer or from where you are visiting the UNSSC website.

Disabling cookies
If you do not wish to have cookies installed on your computer or mobile device, you can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. You can also set your browser to turn off cookies. If you do so, however, some areas of the UNSSC website may not function properly.

How cookies are used on UNSSC website
UNSSC wishes to be transparent with users about how cookies are used, so that you are clear on how your privacy is protected when visiting the UNSSC website.

We use cookies for the following reasons:

To improve your experience on our website – Cookies enable us to ensure that we are providing you content that is relevant to your interests while deprioritising content that is not relevant to you. For example, cookies can tell us if you have shown interest in learning about a specific page, so we could ensure that the next time you visit the UNSSC website, information about this page is prioritised over other content. Cookies can also provide us with an understanding about other factors relating to your visit that can help us to enhance your website experience, such as: which part of the world you are visiting from, if you came to the site because of an email or social media post we sent you, or whether your website browser supports the different technologies used on the UNSSC website.

To understand how UNSSC website and other communication efforts are performing – Cookies help to provide us with anonymous statistics that tell us about how many users visit our website, where they came from and how they interact with it. This information is very useful for us to be able to see which pages and content on the UNSSC website is most popular so that we can modify it accordingly. Data gathered through cookies can also help us understand how our other activities, such as social media/network content and emails affect the use of the UNSSC website.

Advertising performance - We want to monitor our advertising spend carefully to make sure that we are being as cost-effective as possible. UNSSC uses cookies provided by online measurement platforms such as Google Analytics and DoubleClick in order to identify how many people come to our website from different websites that host our media campaigns, which campaign messages have been most effective at driving people to the UNSSC website, and what actions people undertake after clicking on one of our ads.

Third party cookies
Some of the cookies you may receive when visiting UNSSC website are not related to UNSSC. For example, if you visit sections of the UNSSC website that contain embedded content, or contain a plugin such as a social media “like button”, you may receive cookies delivered from these websites. As detailed above, we also use third-party cookies for targeted advertising services and for tracking our website awareness-raising and communications performance. UNSSC does not govern the settings or use of these third-party cookies, so we suggest that you visit these websites for more information about their cookies and applicable privacy policies. UNSSC is not responsible for the privacy of data collected by websites or social services/networks that it does not own or manage, even if these link to the UNSSC website. Modern web browsers provide the ability to disable all cookies or only third-party cookies.