UN Honours Kenyan Red Cross Chief
|Photo: Julius Mwelu/IRIN|
|The UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and the winner of the UN Person of the year in Kenya, Abbas Gullet of Kenya Red Cross Society|
NAIROBI, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Secretary-General Abbas Gullet the 2007 United Nations in Kenya Person of the Year. Mr. Gullet received the prestigious award at a special ceremony held at the UN Complex in Nairobi during UN Day on 24th October 2007 for his work in reforming the organisation into a successful and partly self-financing operation. UN resident coordinator and UNFPA representative Mustafa Kemal said Gullet was honoured for his personal commitment in making the KRCS a world-class humanitarian agency. “This award is for the thousands of dedicated and selfless staff and volunteers who have given their lives to serve Kenyans in need,” Gullet said. In 2001, when Gullet was appointed, the society was heavily in debt and had lost credibility among its membership. Today, the KRCS says it is a leading humanitarian agency, partly self-financing and operating through a network of 58 branches and 69,000 volunteers countrywide. Gullet attributes the revival to good governance and transparency and has challenged local and national NGOs to do the same. He becomes the sixth individual to receive the UN annual award for achievements and contributions towards the Millennium Development Goals.