PRESIDENT of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix was sworn in as a judge of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal (UNAT) on Tuesday and for the next two weeks will be sitting on appeal matters in New York, USA, before returning to this country to resume duties at the Industrial Court.
Thomas-Felix was sworn in during a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a news release from the Industrial Court stated yesterday.
The release said Ban congratulated Thomas-Felix on her acceptance of the appointment “and for taking on the challenges of this very important function within the internal justice system at the United Nations”.
In response, Thomas-Felix said: “I feel honoured and humbled to have become a part of a global body whose relevance is of greater importance today in a rapidly changing technological world, a world which has taught us that we are one community with the capacity to positively or negatively impact each other’s lives.
“I view the work of UNAT as critical to ensuring that the administrative process of the United Nations operates with efficacy to effectively allow it to execute its global mandate.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were close friends and family of Thomas-Felix, as well as other judges of the UNAT.