The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) today joins the world in marking United Nations (UN) Day at its Arusha branch by welcoming to its premises students from various international schools in Arusha. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Greening the blue” and focuses on the UN’s commitment to reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability.

During their visit, the students listened to the message of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, wherein he reinforced the UN’s commitment to “uphold dignity for one and all”. In addition, representatives of the Mechanism’s Chambers, Prosecution and Registry gave presentations about the work and functioning of the Mechanism and the students were shown some of the unique objects contained in the Mechanism’s archives. The day concluded with the students being given a tour of the Mechanism’s premises.

The UN day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. UN Day has been celebrated on 24 October since 1948.