Antonio Guterres Explains UN Position on Proposed Transfer of Entebbe Regional Centre
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Letter to Museveni on Entebbe Regional Centre
United Nations (UN) secretary general Antonio Guterres has explained the official position after reports of a possible transfer of the United Nations Regional Service Centre (RSCE) from Entebbe to the Kenyan Capital Nairobi.
Antonio Guterres has responded to Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni’s letter in which the three-decade leader expressed his discomfort with the UN proposal.
Guterres Responds to Museveni on Transfer of United Nations Regional Service Centre (RSCE) from Entebbe to Kampala
I appreciate your concerns regarding the potential impact that the Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM) may have on the United Nations presence in Entebbe.
As you may be aware, the consideration by the United Nations General Assembly predates my assumption of office, and the shift to a new model for the delivery of administrative services was first proposed to the General Assembly nearly six years ago.
A number of factors were considered in the independent external assessment to determine the locations proposed in the report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/272A of 23 December 2016.
The location selection does not ply any adverse reflection on security and stability in Uganda nor on the benefits that we have been enjoying since the establishment of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe (RSCE).
The suggested proposals in no way reflect a lack of appreciation for the support Uganda provides to United Nations operations, including as a most generous host of the Entebbe Support Base (ESB) and the RSCE.
Subject to the decisions of the General Assembly, should the proposals go forward, it is important to emphasise that the RSCE will remain in Entebbe. I wish to assure you that every effort will be made to ensure that Uganda staff affected by this proposal will be covered by the mitigating measures under consideration; including facilitation of their continued employment in future shared services.
Although some of the administrative transactional functions of the RSCE would be affected over time by the proposal, its other services – regional information and communication technology services, training and conference management and transport and movement control in the region as well as the regional signals academy, a prominent initiative of the UN – will carry on and could, in fact, expand.
There has also been a significant transfer to Entebbe of training from the Global Services Centre in Brindisi, Italy, as well as peacekeeping workshops and seminars held previously at UN headquarters, which also ensures that short-term visitors (both civilian and uniformed personnel) would regularly stay there.
In the coming years, I foresee that Entebbe will specialise and grow in these important areas of work for the United Nations.
In addition, the ESB logistics hub for the UN Stabilisation Mission in DRC hosts a number of tenants beyond RSCE, including: the Regional Procurement Office the Civilian Pre-Deployment Training Team, the Regional Ombudsman, Office of the Internal Oversight services and the UN Mine Action Centre, not to mention critical liaison offices and the functions of neighbouring peacekeeping operations, including the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei and UN mission in South Sudan.
I wish to reiterate my sincere appreciation for the contribution of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations and assure you of our strong commitment to continuing this important relationship.
Please accept, Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.
Additional Reporting: Courtesy