Honiara, Solomon Islands - Staff members of all the United Nations (UN) agencies in Solomon Islands came together at the UN Joint Presence Office (UNJPO) located at the ANZ Haus, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the UN.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN WOMEN, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have presence in the Solomon Islands with more than 100 local UN staff and around 30 international staff members from various countries.
In response to the shortage of blood at the National Referral Hospital’s blood bank, the main UN Day activity was a blood donation drive in collaboration with Solomon Islands Red Cross and the National Referral Hospital. This was followed by an event in which UN staff recited the UN Oath of Office, based on the UN Charter and UN staff rules and regulations to demonstrate commitment as international civil servants.
Speaking at the ceremony, Head of UNJPO, Ms. Azusa Kubota said, “On the occasion of the UN day, we are reminded that it is a privilege to work for an organization such as the United Nations with a unique and one-of-a-kind political mandate.
"Since I joined the UN, I have met many people from different backgrounds and nationalities but despite these differences, we all come together to work for one set of universal values. Indeed, the beauty of the UN lies in its unity and diversity”.
WHO Representative in the Solomon Islands, Dr. Sevil Huseynova reiterated Ms. Kubota by thanking staff for choosing to work for the UN and shaping the UN Solomon Islands to what it is today.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
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