The Sierra Leone Association of United Nations Retirees and Beneficiaries (SLAUNRB) was formally launched by the Executive Representative of the Secretary General (ERSG) Michael Schulenburg at a momentous ceremony held at the British council on Wednesday 29th, April.
In his welcome remarks the president of the newly formed Association, Mr. Walter C.J Wilson remarked that the formation of SLAUNRB is to close the gap between those who have served as local and international staff in various agencies within the United Nations system. He stated that one of their goals at SLAUNRB is to protect the interest of all Sierra Leoneans who have worked with the United Nations for ten years and are now retired. The president commended Mr. Patrick Musa and Mr. Willie Palmer for initiating the formation of such an association that will help to seek the welfare of UN retirees and beneficiaries. Mr. Wilson said that the Association will provide a forum for interaction among its members and will also help them reminisce the good old days as they associate. He further revealed that the current membership of the Association stands at 35. Delivering his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Abubakarr Multi-Kamara, Programme Manager Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President doffed his hat to Patrick Musa and Willie Palmer for the inspiration and foresight they exemplified that has made them foundation members of the association. The chairman extended his profound appreciation to Mr. Walter C.J Wilson for his distinguished leadership and for laying the foundation of what will no doubt evolve as a strong and formidable Association, geared not only to promoting and safeguarding the interest and welfare of Retirees and Beneficiaries but promote the exchange of ideas and better understanding. He considered the launching of the association as a significant milestone in unifying the family of Sierra Leonean retirees and beneficiaries Multi-Kamara said. The chairman acknowledged the contributions of Dr. Talabi Lucan, Alfred Fawundu and Herbert McLeod for the invaluable contribution to the UN system. He viewed it as a source of inspiration for him. The most important part of the ceremony was the launching of SLAUNRB which was done by the ERSG, Michael Schulenburg. In his keynote address the ERSG congratulated members of the newly formed Association for having contributed towards making the UN to what it is today. He said SLAUNRB are free to use the facilities at the new UN office at Hotel Cabenda for their programmes. After delivering a very short address the ERSG then formally launched the Sierra Leone Association of United Nations Retirees and Beneficiaries. The ceremony was climaxed with an opening of the exhibition by the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Kadiatu Basil. Pictures of retired UN staff and cultural items like artistic designs, clothes and beads were part of the exhibition.