The first Christmas tree of the Fondation Félix Houphouët-Boigny for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) was organized by the socio-cultural unit and chaired by the Secretary-General. It was held on December 21, 2016 at its headquarters .
As special guest of this ceremony, the Governor of the Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro was represented by Mr. Drissa Koné, Vice-Governor. The ceremony began with two speeches. First of all, that of Mr. Ernest Koffi, President of the socio-cultural unit, who defined the context of this Christmas tree dedicated to the children of the workers. He continued his remarks by thanking the Secretary General for translating his great love into action. Finally, he thanked the office of the socio-cultural unit and all the staff for their remarkable involvement in the organization of the ceremony.
Speaking in second, the Secretary-General underlined his joy at being present with the children despite his busy schedule. He did not fail to thank the Vice-Governor of the Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro for his presence, as well as the office of the socio-cultural unit. He then referred to the importance of such an activity, which he said: "There must be a good social climate. That is why we have initiated a number of demonstrations and will continue to do so with your support". Finally, he gave wise advice to the children.
These speeches were followed by the screening of a film and a series of images on the life of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This projection revealed the President's interest in children.
Before giving gifts, the children had the opportunity to share their talents through poems, songs and a dance contest. The highlight of the ceremony was the arrival of Santa Claus under the applause of the whole audience. The first gifts were given by the Secretary-General and his guest. Then, Santa Claus had all the latitude to content the hundred children present. The family photos allowed to immortalize this beautiful ceremony which ended with a cocktail, preceded by the word of thanks of the children to the Secretary General.