UNDP celebrates UN Day with the UN Family and the People of South SudanOct 26, 2016
“The UN has changed my life. Now I have a job as a tailoring trainer in UNDP Vocational Training Center at Juba Prison,” said Abalo Grace Odera, one of the beneficiaries of a project from the United Nations in South Sudan during the UN Day celebrations which took place on the 24th of October at the Nyakoron Cultural Center.
“I am transferring skills to the inmates there so that they will be able to earn their living when release,” explains Grace. “I am happy with what the UN did for me, not only because I like my job but because I am helping the inmates to have a better future.”
Under the theme “UN for the People of South Sudan”, UNDP joined the rest of the United Nations family to commemorate its 71st anniversary together with local communities, government counterparts, civil society organizations, and development partners.
During the event, the UNDP tent displayed products produced in the Juba Prison Vocational Training Center where Grace teaches tailoring to the inmates. Carpentry, masonry, electrical repairs, welding, vehicle mechanics, agriculture and hair dressing and beauty therapy are the vocational skills that the inmates learn at the center.
Along with the available reports and information about the work and activities of the UNDP South Sudan, visitors to the UNDP tent played with enthusiastic staff members and other visitors a fun card game to learn more about UNDP’s activities in the country.
UNDP Country Director, Kamil Kamaluddeen and the UN Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative to South Sudan, Eugene Owusu received Hon. Dr. Richard K. Mula, Minister of Federal Affairs and his delegation at UNDP tent and they listened to the explanation of UNDP Team Leader for Democratic Governance and Stabilization Unit, Andrew Shuruma, on the fundamental steps taken and results achieved by UNDP in South Sudan.
The UN Day activities in Juba included exhibitions by various UN agencies. The South Sudanese middle-distance runner Santino Kenyi also participated in the celebrations. Likewise, students from Saint Thomas Primary School as well as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides took part in the day’s events.
Visit our Flickr album to see images of the celebration.
UN Day was established in 1971 by the United Nations General Assembly adopting resolution (2782) and is celebrated every year to acknowledge the contribution of the UN to all member states.