Staff members promise to Communicate as One for the SDGs at UNCG Town Hall

On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia hosted a Town Hall for all United Nations (UN) Namibia staff members in order to rally support of the UN’s efforts to Communicate as One for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNCG, which consists of focal points from agencies comprising the UN System in Namibia, is responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on communication-related joint activities in Namibia. These include internal communications (within and amongst different UN entities working in Namibia, including regional and headquarter entities) and external communications (with government, development partners, media and the wider public).

Welcoming UN staff to the UNCG Town Hall, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) Kiki Gbeho complimented the relentless efforts of the staff members in mobilizing local capacity, and encouraged UN Namibia to double its efforts so as to give the country as many opportunities as possible for accelerating development.

The RC further highlighted the SDGs, as projects, policy proposals, outreach activities, research and all other UN activities all function to achieve these 17 Goals. The SDGs aim to end global poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Following the RC, the Deputy Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Namibia, Marcus Betts encouraged staff to unite together to achieve the SDGs, reemphasizing the SDGs as the guidelines for UN Namibia’s efforts and attitudes.

In an effort to personalize the SDGs from an abstract framework and re-situate them in everyday life, Betts asked the crowd, “How do we bring the SDGs into our personal lives?” Continue reading

A Day in Her Shoes: #WCW Nesindano (Nunu) Namises

As part of our on-going Wednesday Celebrate Women Campaign, a campaign pioneered by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek to celebrate inspiring women making a difference within Namibia, UNIC Windhoek got to know writer, poet, singer, mother and our #WCW for the month of April,  Nesindano Namises (Nunu).

Nunu, an avid artist with a love for writing, singing, and poetry asserts that, “It’s all put me exactly where I need to be so that I finally understand where I need to go. I think my career achievements are soon to peak, I’m not there yet, but I know that my work as a mother has proven more successful than my work as an artist.” Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Nunu Namises advocates for Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals

The adoption of  the Sustainable Development Goals marked a tremendous shift for the post 2015 development agenda. 17 “Global Goals”   to charter new frontiers with regard to reaching 169 targets covering a broad range of development issues some of which include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture as well as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

 

As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) asks the #WCW feature to pick an SDG which resonates with them most and why. UNIC also asks how the #WCW plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.

UNIC’s dynamic feature, Nesindano Namises (Nunu) writer, poet, singer, mother and #WednesdayCelebrateWomen for the month of April chose goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals.”

This goal states that a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level. Nunu believes that “anything that involves our collective growth as a people should be considered a collaborative effort. Continue reading

NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017.

The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas.

NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek officially launches Model United Nations UNAM

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Windhoek, 5 March 2017: Today the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level. UNAM’s Model UN Society Executive Team and group members gathered at the UN House in Windhoek dressed in their diplomatic attire to signal the official start of the programme.

UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts. UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event to kick-start the programme. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Nesindano Namises popularly known as Nunu; writer, poet, singer and mother.

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Nesindano Namises popularly known as Nunu; writer, poet, singer and mother.

As part of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek’s on-going #WednesdayCelebrateWomenCampaign, UNIC Windhoek celebrates women making a positive impact in Namibia. As a way to get to know our features better, UNIC highlights one inspiring women per month.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Nesindano Namises writer, poet, singer and mother. Nesindano describes herself as “A bi-sexual activist, I am however not afraid to admit that I love making my art. Writing, singing, poetry. It’s all put me exactly where I need to be so that I finally understand where I need to go. I think my career achievements are soon to peak, I’m not there yet, but I know that my work as a mother has proven more successful than my work as an artist.”

Read below to learn more about the multi-talented Nesindano, also known as “Nunu” who despite her busy schedule is able to find a balance between work and her role as a mother.

 Tell us about your favourite performance?

Sometime in July 2015, FLON hosted a dinner with Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur (known as Ghana’s second lady), having been invited to recite some of my poetry, I remember feeling so relieved and excited that one of our leaders had actually shown such a keen interest in poetry in this country. Then she (the phenomenal FLON) quoted something she heard me say on a local TV show. I died. She is so lit. I appreciate that. We all do.

 Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

To get my work published and read on a broader platform, work on a (second, third?) album as Blend, a duo I am part of. I wish to travel with my work. I would love to share as much of what I do as possible with as many different people in the world, but because five year plans can change, I am mostly hoping that I am healed and that my work will be able to have a positive impact on the lives and movements that it’s inspired and surrounded by. Continue reading

Young diplomats in the making – Model UN Namibia training

The Model UN programme presents an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn more about the United Nations and the world of diplomacy.  With active Model UN clubs at various high schools in the Khomas, Erongo and Otjikoto Region, UNIC offers ongoing support through training and mock simulations to expose students to all aspects of the programme and create awareness around topical international issues and international UN observances.

With the annual conference scheduled 7-8 June this year, any Model UN delegate will agree, that preparation is key! Thus UNIC Windhoek facilitated a two – day training workshop at the UN House from 29-30 March for high school students in the Khomas Region.

The team welcomed a vibrant group of 65 teenagers from  WHS,Highline, Jakob Marenga, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhoudt, Academia & Immanuel Shifidi as well as one of the coordinating teachers. Continue reading

Teachers learn about High School Practicum Programme

Teachers from secondary schools across Windhoek visited the UN House in Klein Windhoek on Tuesday, 28 April to learn about the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme (HSPP).

The HSPP, the first programme of its kind worldwide, began in 2016. It is designed for the Namibian child and involves real life experience working in an international development environment and engaging with UN Staff mentors.

Each day of the two-week long programme, HSPP participants learn about the United Nations, its work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their skills are put to the test through educational and interactive practical sessions.

Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, highlighted that the programme benefits learners’ education. Continue reading

Windhoek Gymnasium Pre-Primary learners join the Smurfs in spreading happiness and achieving the SDGs

The United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. This year on 20 March, the global community was joined by the Smurfs in commemorating the day.

Through the “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign, the Smurfs encouraged young people everywhere to learn about and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs aim to make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.

Taking up the call of the Smurfs to achieve the Goals, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek spread happiness and raised awareness of the SDGs with pre-schoolers at Windhoek Gymnasium Pre-Primary on 28 March 2017.

The UNIC Windhoek team, who emulated the Smurfs by wearing white and blue on the day, taught the learners about the International Day of Happiness and what they can do to make other people happy. Through an engaging presentation and video from the Smurfs, the pre-primary learners understood why they should support and spread awareness of the 17 SDGs. Continue reading

WWD2017: Namibia uses wastewater

Each year on 22 March, the international community comes together to celebrate the world’s most valuable resource, water. Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface, and this year’s World Water Day (WWD) is dedicated to understanding the management of this precious resource, specifically the importance of wastewater.

Water is a resource that all people need on a daily basis. On the other side of things, all people also create sewage on a daily basis, a fact that is frequently overlooked. For this reason, the importance of wastewater persists, and its importance extrapolates because of on-going problems such as; climate change, environmental factors, population growth, increased urbanization, on-going water mismanagement and faulty water service provision systems.

Wastewater and the new water cycle

Wastewater can be used to Namibia’s advantage, and it importance is substantial due to the fact that that it is interconnected with other sources of water. For this reason, the repercussions of its mismanagement must be considered. With poor management, dangerous and harmful elements can enter the environment and can have devastating impacts on the environment and subsequently have an effect on us as humans (Menges, 2017).

Historically the natural water cycle accounts for wastewater. Through the natural process of precipitation and condensation, water is filtered through soil and creates aquifers, where water is naturally purified. Ground water, river runoff and transpiration from plants and animals causes evaporation and the process repeats itself. However, new factors now play into the water cycle.

Due to urbanisation there is a new water cycle, the urban water cycle. Rainwater and other water sources are caught in dams where the water receives pre-treatment for human consumption. It is then distributed for human consumption where, once used, is collected again. This wastewater is either classified as greywater or blackwater. Greywater is wastewater obtained from water used in bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines, whereas blackwater contains fecal matter and is therefore collected from toilets (Lamb, 2008).

Wastewater receives various treatments making it either ready for human consumption, especially relevant in Namibia, or will safely be reintroduced into the natural cycle. Treatment of waterwater can add essential nutrients that can be exploited for agricultural use. Without the last step there would be severe effects on the environment. Continue reading