Chair's Note - Welcome from the New Chair


1 November 2018

Today is my first day as the new Chairman of UNKLESA and I am excited to share with you my initial plans as I start my work as your new Chairman.

The most important thing is that I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the Executive Board. It’s an honor and a privilege to be asked to lead UNKLESA into a new chapter. The Board has many new initiatives in the works to both improve UNKLESA as an organization and to allows us to offer exemplary service to our existing and future members. I know periods of change can be unsettling, but we must take our destiny in our own hands and be absolutely focused on delivering the best possible experience for international UN families at the Nairobi duty station.

I am confident that our best years lie ahead of us and that together with the help of the 23 regional offices, UNON, UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNICIFE, we will continue to make Nairobi the best family duty station in the UN system by ensuring that all members of the family are supported throughout their stay.

The importance of trailing family support lies in its ability to balance the pace at which the entire family, not just the UN staff member, acculturates to their new duty station. With 14 years of family mobility knowledge, UNKLESA offers an opportunity, both in Nairobi and globally, to improve the existing family mobility mechanisms with solid data-driven innovative policy options; to help UN families move seamlessly across duty stations in a natural way; and receive assistance that understands their context, situation, and needs.

I promise to bring my relentless focus on family support and a preparedness to challenge existing policies to advocate for bold decisions that champion resolutions to family issues within the UN system. I look forward to working with you as UNKLESA strives to accomplish these goals and continues to be the most effective advocate for improving family mobility mechanisms within the UN system.

David Taddele Dessie