Eritrea commemorates United Nations Day

AsmaraAs part of the celebrations for UN Day commemoration, UNO Asmara in cooperation with UN Country Team (UNCT) organized a special event for UN, partners and donor community get-together event at Asmara Palace Hotel.

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP RR, Ms Christine N. Umutoni, along with UN HoAs and Government officials

The event which was attended by more than 400 invitees comprising of higher government officials, diplomatic corps, partners, the civil society and UN staff as a continuation to the UN4U campaigning which was started in October 2012.

The UN Day commemoration in Eritrea started in October 2012 and UNO Asmara organized UN4U briefings and campaigns for 50 students at UN Eritrea library. The briefing also includes the UN activities, mandates and achievements.

As part of the communications efforts, UNO Asmara has also distributed leaflets and publications to 5 secondary schools in the capital city of Asmara.  More than 1500 copies of the UNSG and the RC’s message were among the distributed messages to students.

In her remarks at the UN Get together commemoration event, the RC for UN Eritrea Ms. Christine N .Umutoni stated that as members of the United Nations, we are commemorating the UN Day and the purpose of the UN get-together commemoration event is to take the invitees off from the usual busy schedules and serious business just to have a rare moment of being together to chat, mix and network.

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Partial view of the invitees

“We celebrate together the fruits of the good partnership we have had with the Government of the State of Eritrea. This is evidenced by the significant achievements of the Government –UN partnership has scored in the last few years, notably in the areas of; basic social services (health, basic education, water supply and sanitation, and HIV and AIDS); capacity building especially within the civil service; emergency and recovery for the Internally Displaced Persons, among others” added the RC.

According to the Resident Coordinator’s remarks, Eritrea is reported to be on track towards achieving health-related MDGs (Goals 4, 5 & 6) (Child mortality, Maternal health, and Combating HIV/IADS) by 2015.

The RC also gave recognition for the UN staff dedication to achieve the organization’s agenda saying that “We rejoice the unity and oneness with which the UN family and staff has worked over the last 12 months. I wish express my profound appreciation to every one of you for diligently playing your roles and duties in our different capacities towards one common goal- to support the people of Eritrea for a better life.