Entering the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) complex the Kenya Mission to UNON staff members arrived with open minds, their objective as their leader – Mr. John Ekitela – described, was to “expose himself and his staff to the inner workings of the Organization that they had been selected to represent in the global community.
The comprehensive briefing from UNIC Nairobi Director Nasser Ega-Musa and Chief of the Visitors Service Marian Aggrey, was described by Cleophas Wanyama as “informative and wonderful,.” The briefing placed emphasis on the historical and structural overview of the UN and its organs and also highlighted the various features in the complex.
The delegation was then given a tour of various key buildings and sites within the Gigiri compound. The tour included a visit to a site with 15 trees planted by the Security Council members after their 2004 meeting on Sudan, and another one planted by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai.In addition, the delegation toured the “Green Building” also known as NOF (New Office Facility), saw various gifts from Member States and the 1998 Kenya Bomb Blast Memorial Garden.
The Green Building which houses the headquarters of both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), represents one of low cost ways of combating climate change while reducing electricity bills and dependence on fossil fuels.
Members of the delegation, such as Mrs. Grace Ndegwa, realized the historical and sustainable significance that a number of sites around the complex presented. Two Security Officers from the Mission- Stanley Kimera and Idah Irodi saw UNON’s security staff and procedures as being substantial and thorough,” providing nothing less than adequate protection for the Gigiri compound, its employees and visitors.
The key focus of the UNON Visitors Service under UNIC Nairobi, in providing tours to the public, is to give visitors a sense of what the UN does and how much UNON means to the people of Kenya, Tours are held from Mondays to Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Fridays, from 9:30 to 12:00 noon. For group reservations, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +254 20 762 2034.