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28 Staff Rule, 1.2

or otherwise engage in any conduct intended, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the ability of other staff members to discharge their offcial duties. (f) Staff members shall not intentionally misrepresent their functions, offcial title or the nature of their duties to Member States or to any entities or persons external to the Authority.

(g) Staff members shall not intentionally alter, destroy, falsify, misplace or render useless any offcial document, record or fle entrusted to them by virtue of their functions, which document, record or fle is intended to be kept as part of the records of the Authority.

(h) Staff members shall not seek to infuence Member States, principal or subsidiary organs of the Authority or expert groups in order to obtain a change from a position or decision taken by the Secretary-General, including decisions relating to the fnancing of Secretariat programmes or units, or in order to secure support for improving their personal situation or the personal situation of other staff members, or for blocking or reversing unfavourable decisions regarding their status or their colleagues' status.

(i) Staff members shall neither offer nor promise any favour, gift, remuneration or any other personal beneft to another staff member or to any third party with a view to causing him or her to perform, fail to perform or delay the performance of any offcial act. Similarly, staff members shall neither seek nor accept any favour, gift, remuneration or any other personal beneft from another staff member or from any third party in exchange for performing, failing to perform or delaying the performance of any offcial act.

Honours, gifts or remuneration

(j) Acceptance by staff members of any honour, decoration, favour, gift or remuneration from non-governmental sources requires the prior approval of the Secretary-General. Approval shall be granted only in exceptional cases and where such acceptance is not incompatible with the interests of the Authority and with the staff member's status as an international civil servant. However, staff members may occasionally accept, without prior approval, minor gifts of essentially nominal value, provided that all such gifts are promptly disclosed to the head of the offce, who may direct that the gift be entrusted to the Authority or returned to the donor. (k) The Secretary-General may authorize staff members to accept from a non-governmental source or a university academic awards, distinctions and tokens of a commemorative or honorary character, such as scrolls, certifcates, trophies or other items of essentially nominal monetary value.

(l) Staff members, as part of their offcial functions, will be expected from time to time to attend governmental or other functions such as meals and diplomatic receptions. Such attendance is not considered receipt of a favour, gift or remuneration within the meaning of the Staff Regulations and Rules. (m) The Secretary-General may, in exceptional cases, provided that this is in the interest of the Authority and not incompatible with the staff member's status, authorize a staff member to receive from a non-governmental source an honour,

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