RSCE joins the world in celebrating UN Day

24 Oct 2019

RSCE joins the world in celebrating UN Day

Mark Kaheru

Entebbe, Uganda (Oct. 24, 2019) - The Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE) celebrates the UN Day every year on the 24th of October and this year, alongside the celebrations at the UN Headquarters in New York led by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the RSCE staff made a day of the event.  


The UN day celebrates the anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force and everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment on 24th October 1945.


The staff gathered at the Regional Training and Conference Centre (RTCC) in the afternoon clad in their various traditional and national attires to demonstrate the true spirit of United Nations – respect for diversity.


“On UN Day, we the UN staff celebrate our sense of shared purpose and the great global mission of our Organization. The strength of the United Nations lies in the commitment and talent of its staff, and I am continually inspired by the diverse and skillful ways in which UN staff brings the ideals of the United Nations to life for the people we serve." said Mr. Guterres. ‘’Every day, our efforts save lives, instill hope, uphold universal values and advance progress on pressing global challenges.”  


“At RSCE, our role is very vital in the peacekeeping agenda of the UN. We are the ones that facilitate, through transactional activities performed at the Centre, UN mandate implementation across Africa. Ours is a role to be proud of as we support peace in Africa, and I am particularly proud of all of you and to work with you’’ said Mr. Paulin Djomo the Chief of RSCE  


After the opening remarks from Mr. Djomo, the program kicked off with the parade of nations formed by the staff. Thereafter, Mr. Djomo and Deputy Chief of RSCE, Ms. Nalini Contreras were joined by Acting Head of Premises, Mr. Yuri Cherep to plant fruit trees in front of the RTCC as part of the Greening the Blue initiative of the UN and also in keeping with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 15: Life on Land).


Mr. Cherep thanked the UN Staff for their contributions and emphasized the importance and relevance of the United Nations has in the world. 


The highlight of the UN day were the mini games, that cheered the UN crowds and brought smiles on many faces, with UN colleagues tripping over and running with wheelbarrows. Team Green took home the gold while teams Yellow and Red took home silver and bronze.


After the cutting of cake and refreshments, the RSCE staff were treated to a quiz night complete with a live band performance at the Place 2B.