End-Year Staff Event 2014

End-Year Message from UNON Director-General Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde- UN Nairobi Staff Union End of Year Staff Event Friday, 5 December 2014

Welcome everyone to this end-of-year gathering. I would like to thank the Nairobi Staff Union for organising this event, in collaboration with UNON, UNEP and UN-HABITAT. In particular, I wish to express my appreciation to the Staff Union for once again reaching out to all three UN entities, creating an opportunity for us to celebrate as one family. I believe the United Nations family in Kenya achieved a lot in 2014, and we have much to celebrate:
We made major progress towards implementing the Secretary-General’s global change-management initiatives, namely Umoja and IPSAS. For Umoja in particular, this duty station is playing a crucial, and even pioneering, role. As you know, UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNON will be the first Secretariat entities to “go live” with Umoja on 1 June 2015, ahead of New York and the other Offices Away from Headquarters. Another key achievement of 2014 was the organization of the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP. The historic UNEA session not only constituted a major step forward in the strengthening of UNEP, it also solidified Nairobi’s place as the “environmental capital of the world”. And it further elevated this duty station’s role in the wider UN system.

The Secretary-General visited Kenya twice during the year: once in conjunction with UNEA in June, and more recently in October as part of a joint mission to the Horn of Africa with the World Bank President. Both visits were very successful. Many other senior officials from UNHQ visited Nairobi over the course of the year. These visits helped to raise the stature and profile of Nairobi as an important center for the UN globally. Many high-level visitors, including the Secretary-General, have posed for pictures at the iconic KaribUNi sign, which has become a very popular feature of this compound.

More and more people are discovering the compound and learning about what we do here, thanks to the efforts of the Visitors’ Service managed by UNIC. So far this year, over 3,700 people have taken a guided tour of the compound. That is considerably more than in previous years. I urge all staff members to take the tour, if you haven’t already, and also to invite your friends and family members to do the same. Let me mention one other achievement: Our team of athletes from the Nairobi duty station performed admirably well at the 2014 UN Inter-Agency Games held in New York in April. Our team, comprising staff members from 9 different UN entities and 13 different nationalities, participated in 8 disciplines and received a total of 11 medals, including two Gold Medals (one in Men’s Golf and the other in Women’s Swimming). Our athletes made us proud, and they deserve a round of applause.

Not only did they perform exceptionally well in the different disciplines, our team also lobbied successfully to have Nairobi designated as the host of the 2016 edition of the UN Inter-Agency Games. I very much appreciate this initiative by the Nairobi team. Hosting the games in 2016 will give even greater visibility to this duty station. I know that we will all do our part to ensure adequate preparations for the 2016 games, and to show the world what good hosts we are.

As we celebrate the achievements of the past year, we must also re-commit ourselves to do even more in the coming year. 2015 will be an important year for the Organisation, and for the Nairobi duty station.  2015 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. We are exploring with our sister agencies what activities could be organized at this duty station to commemorate the anniversary over the course of the year (not only on UN Day).

 I already mentioned that we will need to work hard in 2015 to prepare for hosting the UN inter-agency games in early 2016.  More significantly, with the implementation of Umoja in less than six months’ time, this duty station will be the focus of attention for the UN globally. Umoja will fundamentally change the way we do business. It will also create a more efficient Organisation, better able to advance the goals and values of the United Nations. It will require the understanding and buy-in of all of us. I know we will all do our best to ensure the successful implementation of Umoja in Nairobi.

In closing, I wish to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication over the past year. While our daily tasks differ quite a bit depending on which office we work in, we are all united as part of one UN family, in the service of humanity. Please keep up the good work.

All the best to you and your families in 2015.End-Year Message from UNON Director-General Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde- UN Nairobi Staff Union End of Year Staff Event Friday, 5 December 2014

Welcome everyone to this end-of-year gathering. I would like to thank the Nairobi Staff Union for organising this event, in collaboration with UNON, UNEP and UN-HABITAT. In particular, I wish to express my appreciation to the Staff Union for once again reaching out to all three UN entities, creating an opportunity for us to celebrate as one family. I believe the United Nations family in Kenya achieved a lot in 2014, and we have much to celebrate:
We made major progress towards implementing the Secretary-General’s global change-management initiatives, namely Umoja and IPSAS. For Umoja in particular, this duty station is playing a crucial, and even pioneering, role. As you know, UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNON will be the first Secretariat entities to “go live” with Umoja on 1 June 2015, ahead of New York and the other Offices Away from Headquarters. Another key achievement of 2014 was the organization of the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP. The historic UNEA session not only constituted a major step forward in the strengthening of UNEP, it also solidified Nairobi’s place as the “environmental capital of the world”. And it further elevated this duty station’s role in the wider UN system.

The Secretary-General visited Kenya twice during the year: once in conjunction with UNEA in June, and more recently in October as part of a joint mission to the Horn of Africa with the World Bank President. Both visits were very successful. Many other senior officials from UNHQ visited Nairobi over the course of the year. These visits helped to raise the stature and profile of Nairobi as an important center for the UN globally. Many high-level visitors, including the Secretary-General, have posed for pictures at the iconic KaribUNi sign, which has become a very popular feature of this compound.

More and more people are discovering the compound and learning about what we do here, thanks to the efforts of the Visitors’ Service managed by UNIC. So far this year, over 3,700 people have taken a guided tour of the compound. That is considerably more than in previous years. I urge all staff members to take the tour, if you haven’t already, and also to invite your friends and family members to do the same. Let me mention one other achievement: Our team of athletes from the Nairobi duty station performed admirably well at the 2014 UN Inter-Agency Games held in New York in April. Our team, comprising staff members from 9 different UN entities and 13 different nationalities, participated in 8 disciplines and received a total of 11 medals, including two Gold Medals (one in Men’s Golf and the other in Women’s Swimming). Our athletes made us proud, and they deserve a round of applause.

Not only did they perform exceptionally well in the different disciplines, our team also lobbied successfully to have Nairobi designated as the host of the 2016 edition of the UN Inter-Agency Games. I very much appreciate this initiative by the Nairobi team. Hosting the games in 2016 will give even greater visibility to this duty station. I know that we will all do our part to ensure adequate preparations for the 2016 games, and to show the world what good hosts we are.

As we celebrate the achievements of the past year, we must also re-commit ourselves to do even more in the coming year. 2015 will be an important year for the Organisation, and for the Nairobi duty station.  2015 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. We are exploring with our sister agencies what activities could be organized at this duty station to commemorate the anniversary over the course of the year (not only on UN Day).

 I already mentioned that we will need to work hard in 2015 to prepare for hosting the UN inter-agency games in early 2016.  More significantly, with the implementation of Umoja in less than six months’ time, this duty station will be the focus of attention for the UN globally. Umoja will fundamentally change the way we do business. It will also create a more efficient Organisation, better able to advance the goals and values of the United Nations. It will require the understanding and buy-in of all of us. I know we will all do our best to ensure the successful implementation of Umoja in Nairobi.

In closing, I wish to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication over the past year. While our daily tasks differ quite a bit depending on which office we work in, we are all united as part of one UN family, in the service of humanity. Please keep up the good work. All the best to you and your families in 2015.