UN Namibia staff members gathered in large numbers to attend the joint internal commemoration of World AIDS Day and Staff Day to learn more about UNAIDS most recent HIV/AIDS report and to celebrate the achievements of 2017.
Staff were encouraged to support advocacy around HIV/AIDS in their immediate families and communities. The UNAIDS Representative to Namibia, Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta presented a summary of the HIV/AIDS report and shared a message from the Minister of Health and Social Services Hon. Dr. Haufiku to all staff to take an active role in reducing stigma.
The celebration of the UN Staff took centre stage when the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country team rose from their seats to applaud their teams for a year of great successes. Following a slideshow highlighting the work across the UN System, the UN RC handed over long term service certificates to staff from the various agencies for 15, 20,25 and 30 years of service. UN Staff members each received a SDG color wheel pin from UNIC Windhoek to carry the SDG branding everywhere they go.
With the festive season underway, UNDSS delivered a security briefing on how to successfully navigate the season to avoid theft and loss. With road accidents being one of the highest in our country, a call was made to all staff to adhere to the speed limit and ensure compliance to rules of the road.