‘Breakfast with the UN’ youth engagement platform on the SDGs

breakfastThe United Nations in Namibia hosted a ‘Breakfast with the UN’ this morning with approximately 40 learners from ten different schools in Katutura attending. The platform is the first of many opportunities to gauge the youth on their views of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ideas on how to push the development agenda in Namibia.

The event took place at the UN House in Klein Windhoek, where the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho delivered an introduction on the founding of the UN as well as the transition of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was followed by a presentation by Ms. Welda Mouton from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) focusing on SDGs, with an interactive discussion on how Namibian youth can relate and contribute to the new global goals.

The group of learners in attendance are part of P.A.Y Namibia (Physically Active Youth), a community based project that focuses on the healthy development of young people in low income communities. The group was accompanied by the Managing Director and co-founder, Marie Jean Ndimbira as well as staff and volunteers. Continue reading


munnam 1The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme has been in operation since 2012, with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek spearheading the programme and hosting an annual conference. In light of not hosting the 2015 Conference, UNIC hosted an intensive two day training workshop for high school youth in the Khomas region at Safari Court Hotel & Conference Centre.

The training was aimed at streamlining the Model United Nations programme and ensuring that it is on par with the revised guidelines received from New York. The training was held 15 -16 September with approximately fifty three high school learners in attendance. The learners in attendance ranged from grade 8 to 11 and represented twelve different high schools in Windhoek. The training provided a practical learning experience in preparation for the 2016 MUNNAM Conference. It enabled the learners to gain realistic insights into the rules and procedures of the UN General Assembly and the practical skills diplomats implement during such a session.

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Tobias Hainyeko Primary School receives a visit from UNIC

tobias 1On Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 UNIC Windhoek visited Tobias Hainyeko Primary School situated in Katutura. The team was welcomed by the school staff members as well as 350 grade 5, 6 and 7 learners who were assembled and ready to learn more about the UN.

After introducing the team members, the UNIC team got the learners onto their feet and moving to the smooth sounds played by one of the talented UNIC interns playing the trumpet. There was excitement in the atmosphere as the learners clapped and sang along to the tunes.

tobias 2The trumpet performance set the tone, as the learners were very eager to find out what was next… What followed was the presentation detailing in great depth the history, structure and function of the UN and various bodies.

The UNIC Windhoek team noticed that the learners were curious and asked a lot of questions, as the subject matter was completely new to them. The team was therefore happy to answer questions and elaborate on some of the functions and programmes that intrigued the group.

To conclude the presentation, a short video clip summarizing all the facts and information that was shared. Each learner received a UNIC Windhoek branded pen, thanking them for their participation in the outreach.

UN4U programme reaches 560 Elim Primary Learners

elim 5The UN4U programme provides an invaluable opportunity for young children to learn more about the work of the UN, its history and vision for the future. UNIC Windhoek visited Elim Primary School located in Khomasdal, on Wednesday, the 09th of September 2015.

The team received a very warm welcome reception at the school, welcomed in song and had the pleasure of spending the morning with five hundred and sixty grade 5, 6 and 7 learners during their morning assembly session. Continue reading

UN70 Public information campaign at Universities

UN70The 23rd October 2015 marks the global celebration of the 70th Birthday anniversary of the United Nations. This serves as an opportunity to reflect and look back on the UN’s history as well as take stock of its enduring achievements during the past 70 years.

The UN70 Campaign has commenced at the UN House in Klein Windhoek and preparations are underway to mark this remarkable day.  To raise public awareness for the day and to highlight the work of the UN, UNIC Windhoek embarked on a public information campaign for UN70. The UNIC Windhoek team embarked on a poster campaign for UN70. The posters reflect the global challenges which the United Nations has addressed in areas of the environment, peace and security, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping to mention a few.

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UN4U outreach at People’s Primary School

pps2On Monday, the 10th of August 2015 UNIC Windhoek visited Peoples Primary School located in Katutura.  We were welcomed by 300 grade 5 and 6 learners whom were seated in the school hall.

Our presentation commenced with the main aims and roles of the United Nations in Namibia and the world at large as well as the different agencies within the UN. It was quite humbling seeing some of the learners scribble down notes as they paid attention attentively. The learners were interactive and participated throughout the presentation. They were inquisitive and asked a lot of questions. One of the learners asked how she too can end up working for the United Nations one day. The learners all received UNIC Windhoek pens at the end of the day for their immense participation. Upon completion of our presentations we played a video carrying out the message of the UN to the learners. Continue reading

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

IDWIP2The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on the 9th of August each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues. This year’s post-2015 Agenda was “Ensuring the health and well-being of indigenous people”

The University of Namibia (UNAM) hosts a cultural festival on an annual basis to promote and showcase Namibia’s artistic cultural richness. This event is also aimed at promoting cultural diversities among various indigenous groups. Continue reading

National Dialogue on Wealth Redistribution & Poverty Eradication

pres national dialogie14 August 2015 marked the launch of the National Dialogue on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication at the Nampower Convention Centre, Windhoek, Namibia. Poverty eradication is one of the key issues identified by the President of Namibia, this led to the new line Ministry being established in Namibia, the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare in Namibia. The Ministry of Poverty realized that due to multi-faceted nature of poverty and the need for a multi-sectoral approach, it was imperative for the Ministry to play a coordinating role and ensure stakeholder engagement from the onset  to ensure that the initiatives and programs that relate to poverty eradication and social welfare are executed by the various ministries and agencies and most importantly, make an impact in the lives of the people intended.

high tableThe National Dialogue is supported by the United Nations Development Program in Namibia who, among other technical team members such as key line ministries, will play an important role to lead and facilitate the process. Following regional dialogues, it will culminate into a national conference and ultimately pave the way for a national poverty eradication framework. UNDP is part of the technical team who will aid in the facilitation of this entire process. Continue reading

A Student from Walvis Bay Wins UNIC’s Essay Writing Competition

Amber Kamati from the International School of Walvis Bay became the first winner of the Friendship Day essay writing competition that was organized by Windhoek’s United Nations Information Centre. The competition asked primary school students to write an essay about the process of making a new friend and to reflect on the meaning friendship. The second and third places went to Shekupe Shikojeni and Vipuamuje Tjaveondja, respectively. Both Shikojeni and Tjaveondja attend school at Khomasdal’s Gammams Primary School.

 The International Day of Friendship was  proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. Windhoek’s United Nations Information Centre decided to celebrate the Friendship Day – July 30th – by turning to those that sometimes struggle to make new friends, even though their friendships often blossom in the most sincere way – primary school students. The students were asked to elaborate on how they would go about making a new friend, how they would reach out to someone who is yet to make friends and what impact a new friendship would have on their lives. Continue reading