The Resident Coordinator’s Office hosted the UN System in Namibia’s first Town hall meeting on Wednesday, 25th January 2017. All UN Namibia staff from resident agencies as well as some non-resident agencies attended in large numbers.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho welcomed staff back with a short motivational New Year’s greeting. Gbeho highlighted that 2017 will be another great year for the UN in Namibia. She reflected on 2016 and highlighted some of the important milestones the UN System were able to deliver upon thanks to the hard work of each staff member from the respective UN agencies. Gbeho further thanked the UN Country Team members for their continued support during 2016. She called upon all staff to work toward Delivering as One to make 2017 successful.
The Resident Coordinator noted that “these are exciting times for the United Nations as there is a newly appointed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from Portugal”. She spoke at length about the newly appointed Secretary General, his focus areas as well his vision for the UN System as a whole.
The UN Staff were also addressed by Mathilde Aukongo, administrative assistant for UNICEF and Chairperson of the UN Staff Association. She informed UN Staff on the envisaged establishment of a Federation of the United Nations Staff Associations in Namibia (FUNSA-NAM). Mathilde emphasized that the association is aimed toward fostering social and personal relationships amongst members, promoting staff well- being and encouraging mutual support for individual members. She reported that FUNSA-NAM’s core mandate will be to support and promote the principles and programs of the UN system in Namibia, in so doing to advise and assist UN staff associations in the country and to represent the interests of its members within the system.
The meeting was adjourned by the UNRC wishing UN staff prosperity and success. In closing, Gbeho called upon all Staff to “pull together as one and make sure we succeed. Let’s continue to be Government’s partner of choice.”