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The Pilot Deployment of Umoja (Foundation) took place on schedule at UNIFIL, UNSCOL and UNHQ yesterday, 1 July 2013, with special launch events and other outreach activities taking place in New York and Lebanon.

  • "Umoja will help build the United Nations of the future — a more effective instrument of service for humankind", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a special video message made for the occasion, in which he approved the first symbolic transaction made in Umoja, raised by Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq of the Department of Field Support:

 

  • A special "go live" ceremony featuring UN senior management was held jointly at UN Headquarters and UNIFIL in Lebanon and was webcast live by UNTV. The entire event webcast is available here.

  • The UN Department of Public Information in New York released an official press release announcing the deployment, stating "Today, Umoja went live with a pilot deployment at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL).  More than 400 staff in Lebanon and at United Nations Headquarters in New York are now working within the Umoja solution. Read the press release here.

  • The UN Intranet site, iSeek, featured a front page article about the launch of Umoja Pilot and described how "Umoja Mentors" will be visiting UNHQ end-users' in their offices to assist with their first use of the solution. Read the iSeek story here.
  • Umoja thanks the hundreds of UN staff members and in particular our colleagues at UNIFIL, DFS/ICTD, UNGSC (Brindisi and Valencia) and OICT for their superb efforts, strong team spirit and effective support, allowing us to achieve this milestone after years of intense work and complex challenges.

 Here are a selection of photos of the events in New York and Lebanon: CREDIT:UN Photo/Rick Bajornas and John Richards