UN Botswana commemorates UN Day 2014Oct 31, 2014
On Friday the 31st October 2014, members of the public and stake holders visited UN Open House to commemorate UN Day. Over 360 visitors came for the Open House and interacted in the various activities taking place at the compound.
The day was bursting and buzzing with enthusiasm as several members of the public gathered to enjoy a day filled with data sharing through seminars, information stalls and friendly interactions with staff. The CCG’s work together with some IPs was exhibited in the garden, HIV-testing was available, and 16 seminars were provided on the variety of work the UN is doing in Botswana and globally. The day saw majority youth in attendance and those who had previously not known much about the work of the UN in Botswana left having acquired a richer understanding of the role that the UN plays in Botswana as well as its various partnerships with different government bodies.
In his opening speech the Resident Coordinator Anders Pedersen quoted the UN Secretary Generals’ 69th Anniversary message saying “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exerting a heavy toll”. By opening its doors to the public the UN further reinforced its commitment to the Government of Botswana and all its partners in pursuit of its joint development aspirations to build institutional capacities and deliver development to the people of Botswana.
Since the UN’s union with Botswana in 1975 the UN has come a long way in working towards its development goals in Botswana and building a sustainable relationship with the Government. Many lessons have been learnt and challenges have been encountered during its journey. The UN family is committed to utilizing the lessons from the past to inform the future with a view of improving not only the effectiveness of its work, but also the efficiency with which it is done. The UN has come a long way but there are still outstanding challenges which together can be overcome.