Ruby says goodbye to the UN family in GhanaMar 12, 2014
Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon has said adieu to staff of UNDP and the entire UN family in Ghana during a colorful event held at the forecourt of the UNDP premises on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
The farewell ceremony attended by representatives of Government, Heads of UN agencies, UN staff, civil society groups and other invited guests witnessed several goodwill messages and a citation from colleagues and well-wishers.
In her valedictory address, Ruby thanked all staff and acknowledged the role they played during her tenure as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana.
“I would like to recognize all the efforts that each and every one of you has made in supporting the UN system, but more importantly, in upholding the values of the UN system. It has been a privilege for me to work with you and to serve the UN in Ghana as we strive to help Ghana achieve its vision of becoming a middle income country and society”, she said.
UN staff present eulogized Ruby for her excellent leadership qualities including people management, effective communication skills and political savviness.
Under her leadership, the UN system in Ghana chalked many successes including mobilizing funding for humanitarian crisis, the Nkonsonkonson Action Plan, sanitation and the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) for achieving Ghana’s target on maternal mortality.
Ms. Sandhu-Rojon has been reassigned to the UNDP Headquarters where she will serve as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Africa in New York.
Until her new appointment, Ruby had been serving in Ghana as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative since 2010. As Resident Coordinator, she has been ensuring the effective positioning of the UN System through a proactive engagement at the highest levels of Government with development partners, NGOs and think tanks.
Ruby will take up her new assignment on 17 March 2014. She will be sorely missed by the entire UN family and partners.