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Webcast and Photos from Umoja Countdown Unveiling by the Secretary-General

On the occasion of “100 Days until Umoja Pilot at UNIFIL and UNSCOL” Umoja held a special event in the Secretariat Lobby at UN Headquarters inNew Yorkon Monday 25 March at 12:00 noon, moderated by Ernesto Baca, Assistant Secretary-General of Umoja.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled an Umoja countdown clock, one of two such clocks installed at UN Headquarters to ensure the Umoja deployment timeline is prominently visible.

There was a large turnout of Staff and Delegates at the event, reflecting the level of interest and enthusiasm in regards to the changes Umoja will bring to the way the UN works.

By 2016 the entire United Nations Secretariat will have transitioned to Umoja as its central administrative solution, leaving behind multiple and fragmented operating models.

In his remarks, the Secretary-General expressed his support for Umoja, stressing its importance to his UN management reform agenda, saying: “In our fast-changing world, the United Nations needs a new way of managing its resources to operate efficiently, meet Member States’ mandates and credibly report results.  Umoja is designed to help harmonize the way we work around the world, providing a single data repository with reliable, real-time information.

Umoja is far more than an IT project; it is an organizational transformation that will enable high-quality and cost-effective service delivery around the world. At a time of growing financial pressure, Umoja will allow the United Nations to meet increasing demands, provide better controls and transparency, and empower staff members to make decisions more effectively”. 

Under-Secretary-General Yukio Takasu, head of the United Nations Department of Management and Project Owner of Umoja, spoke of the pressing need for the Organization to adopt a harmonized mode of operation throughout the UN Secretariat, and stressed the utmost importance of preparing the Secretariat for the changes ahead.

The USG said: “Umoja is a journey we must undertake collectively as an Organization... We need the commitment of all UN staff to ensure its success (which) will depend upon major cultural changes in every part of the Organization.. It is absolutely critical that the staff and managers of all departments and offices actively and wholeheartedly support Umoja”.

Ambassador Miguel Berger, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany and Chair of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly also addressed the event on behalf of the United Nations Member States, welcoming the aims of Umoja which are to simplify administrative processes and real-time data to better serve the needs of Member States and other UN constituents. He congratulated Umoja for “getting back on track” after the challenges it faced over the past few years.

The full recording of the event is now available via UN Webcast.

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Special event with SG Ban Ki-moon: 100 Days until the first deployment of Umoja (iSeek article)

There are just over 100 days remaining until Umoja (Foundation) is deployed at the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator (UNSCOL) in Lebanon, in Pilot format.

Umoja, a streamlining of UN administrative processes facilitated by the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, is fast becoming a reality for the United Nations. 

By 2016, the global UN Secretariat will have transitioned to Umoja as its central administrative tool, replacing multiple legacy systems and disparate operating models.

We invite all UN Staff to review a presentation attached here entitled “Umoja: A Better Way of Working
(UN intranet only) which provides an overview of the Umoja solution, details the timeline for Umoja deployment throughout UN offices worldwide, and introduces the main changes Umoja will bring to the way the UN works. 

Chiefs of Administration, Directors and Chiefs of Mission Support and other senior managers at UN offices around the world have been asked to convene townhall meetings for staff at their locations to review the above presentation and ensure that staff are familiar with the basic concepts related to Umoja.

To mark the occasion of “100 Days until Umoja Pilot at UNIFIL and UNSCOL” Umoja is organizing a special event in the Secretariat Lobby at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday 25 March at 12:00 noon.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make remarks and unveil an Umoja countdown clock which will ensure the Umoja deployment timeline is prominently visible at UNHQ. 

In addition to remarks by the Secretary-General, USG Yukio Takasu of the Department of Management and Ambassador Miguel Berger Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany and Chair of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly will address the event. Ernesto Baca, Assistant Secretary-General of Umoja, will moderate.

All UN Staff and Delegates are invited to attend, please see the invitation here (UN intranet only). The recording of the event will be made available via delayed webcast for UN Staff globally shortly following the event via UN Webcast.

Umoja has prepared a new postcard handout which will be distributed at the event and is also available for download in PDF here.

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This story was originally published on iSeek (UN Intranet) on 21 March 2013::

New Umoja promotional postcard available

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Umoja has prepared a new postcard handout available for download in PDF.

The postcard will be on hand for the upcoming “100 Days until Umoja Pilot at UNIFIL and UNSCOL” special event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday 25 March. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make remarks and unveil an Umoja countdown clock. In addition to remarks by the Secretary-General, USG Yukio Takasu of the Department of Management and Ambassador Miguel Berger Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany and Chair of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly will address the event. Ernesto Baca, Assistant Secretary-General of Umoja, will moderate. The recording of the event will be made available via delayed webcast for UN Staff globally shortly following the event at .http://webtv.un.org/

 

March 2013 Umoja Times newsletter is now available

The March newsletter includes the following items:

  • Three-week Umoja Workshop completed in Valencia
  • Umoja 100 days countdown event
  • Umoja becoming a reality: response to Fox News
  • Umoja & IPSAS

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Updated Umoja Fact Sheet for March 2013

An updated Umoja Fact Sheet for March 2013 has been released summarizing the goals and scope of the project, as well as its current status.

"The Umoja solution, with its core implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, as well as a thorough streamlining of UN administrative processes, is proceeding on schedule. By 2016, the United Nations Secretariat as a whole will have transitioned to Umoja as its central administrative solution, leaving behind multiple and fragmented operating models. Umoja will provide a harmonized, simplified, and real-time approach to the Organization’s management of finances, resources and assets.

Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, will ultimately replace UN legacy systems such as IMIS, Mercury, Sun, and many others".

To download the Fact Sheet CLICK HERE