Staff members from agencies, funds and programmes comprising the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) were called together for the first town hall meeting of 2018, held under the theme: “Together we can bring about change in 2018”.
Staff were applauded for the achievements and hard work from the previous year, and encouraged to work even harder because the UN faces bigger challenges. The UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho expressed her gratitude to the UN Namibia family and was confident about the direction UN Namibia is headed toward ‘delivering as One’.
‘‘Going forward, we should look at the broader direction of where we can take Namibia, reposition the UN agenda 2030 and challenge ourselves’’, she said.
She reemphasised the appointment of Ms Bience Gawanas (UN Special Advisor on Africa), as an indication of full gender parity in the UN and a great opportunity to set and reinforce the programme of the UN in Namibia.
As part of the proceedings, staff members viewed the UN Secretary General (UNSG), António Guterres’ 2018 video message titled: “An alert for the world: 2018 Message.”
“As we begin 2018, I call for unity. I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure. We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together. I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is the path. Our future depends on it. I wish you peace and health in 2018,” the UNSG said. The video can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2mo14in