On Friday, 23rd October 2020, the United Nations Development System in Eswatini, formerly called Swaziland, celebrated the organization’s 75th commemoration in grand style. The function which was hosted in the car park of the UN House, Mbabane.
The 12 hour-celebration were attended by the Right Honorable Prime Minister, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Senator Thulie Dladla, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Nathalie Ndongo-Seh, Heads of UN offices and partners.
UN staff and invited guests started the exciting celebration with a SDG Awareness Walk around Mbabane, on a warm morning, trailed by addresses from Guests of Honor. The youthful winners of the UN75 Essay Competition also graced the event with incredible speeched to the delight of guests present.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Heads and Representatives of UN offices, utilized the celebration to impart his appreciation to partners, who have been phenomenal in the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Eswatini.
The partners included: the Right Honorable Prime Minister, H.E. the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Priest of Foreign Affairs, H.E Minister of Economic Planning and Development, CEO of the National Disaster Management Agency, Mr Russell Dlamini, CEO of CANGO, CEO of Nercha, Mr Khanya Mabuza, and CEO of Businesswomen Eswatini, Ms Tokky Hou.
The addresses were also followed by a visit through the stalls; those which exhibit the work of the United Nations and partners in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The eight offices displaying their significant work were: UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNAIDS, IOM, WFP, FAO and WHO, just as the Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The 75th Anniversary function was peaked with an UN75 cake-cutting service by the Right Honorable Prime Minister. The event was climaxed with the execution of the UN Charter, meaning the UN’s duty to guaranteeing the thriving of people around the world.
The United Nations took the opportunity to compliment and express gratitude toward His Majesty King Mswati III, for banding together with United Nations in Eswatini for more than 50 years.