It was a special day for all United Nations staff members in Indonesia as they gathered together to celebrate United Nations Day.
Staff greeted each other, exchanged stories and shared the joyous feeling that the place they call their “second home”, was celebrating its 72nd anniversary. Although the preparation took only a day, everyone seized the opportunity and responsibility to ensure the day was a memorable one.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Anita Nirody, remarked: “This is a huge turnout. You know how to throw a party!” before reminding staff of the values of the UN and staff’s valued contribution to its work. The celebration was simple, but remarkable. On the table, two tumpeng –traditional yellow rice cuisine shaped in a cone – and a huge triple layer chocolate cake covered with fruits and a UN flag made from icing sugar, were displayed. As everyone waited for the Resident Coordinator to symbolically cut the cake, most were ready to get their hands on it and the yellow rice.
A birthday is not complete without some kind of a game! A quiz show was held on topics related to the United Nations. The winners received the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pins, which up to this day they wear with pride. A piece of white cloth was hung on the wall for staff’s messages for UN Day. The climax of the anniversary was the lighting in blue of the National Monument, best known as MONAS, to remind everyone of the work of the Organization in creating a better world for all. Happy Birthday, UN or in Bahasa Indonesia, Selamat Ulang Tahun, PBB!