UNIC Windhoek participates in Namibian Women’s Association Climate Change workshop for the Namibian Children’s Movement

DSC_0423The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.

Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.

DSC_0461UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.

There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading

This Wednesday, UNIC celebrates Helvi Itenge #WCW

Helvi Itenge -updated photo (1)Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments in order to inspire other women to be the best they can be and to fight against gender inequality. This #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Helvi Itenge, a writer and publisher who started the Yambeka Media Foundation as well as launched the Namibia Book Fair. In an interview with her, this is what she had to say

  1. Can you please describe your journey in the writing field? Why did you become an author/publisher?

When I was young, my parents told me stories around the fire, which I enjoyed very much, and many of them instilled valuable life lessons. As a young mother I struggled to find children’s books written in my mother tongue, Oshiwambo, or books that contained the tales that I grew up with. Unable to find anything that was appealing to me and my young children, I decided to develop my range of cultural children books reflecting African heritage.

Since then I have written books targeting children of 0-13 years in English, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero and Swahili, and I look forward to having them translated into as many African languages as possible.  To date I have published more than nine books based on Namibian and other African traditional tales, four of which received Honorable Namibian Children’s Book Forum Awards in 2012. Continue reading

“Youth Climate Dialogue” held to mark the occasion of the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony

DSC_0384On 22 April 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by 175 world leaders at United Nations Headquarters in New York. It was recorded as being a historic day as the UN Secretary General,Ban Ki-moon said, as it is by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day.

Adopted in Paris by the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as (COP21) last December, the Agreement’s objective is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposits their instruments of ratification.

DSC_0163To mark this momentous occasion, UNIC Windhoek hosted a “Youth Climate Dialogue” at Jan Möhr Secondary School to coincide with the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony and Mother Earth Day. The Youth engagement was hosted in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The dialogue is an educational programme on the effects of climate change in Namibia and what is being done to mitigate the impacts thereof. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mr. Sion Shifa, (Senior Conservation Scientist) highlighted the Paris Agreement, Namibia’s role as a signatory as well as how the funding process works for developing countries. Mr. Chunga (Project Coordinator) from the Ministry of Environment & Toursim outlined Climate Change in Namibia and alluded to various projects in place within communities as part of the mitigation and adaption process in Namibia. An engaging dialogue followed suit between the learners and panel of presenters. The session was informative and allowed the youth to ask questions and share their opinions with the presenters from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism and UNDP Environment Unit. Continue reading

Provisional list of Parties that have indicated their intentions to sign the Paris Agreement

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Information as of 14 April, 2016

The Paris Agreement will be open for signature by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on 22 April and will remain open for signature for one year. This list only contains information about States that will participate in the Signature Ceremony on 22 April and is subject to change.

(*) States that have indicated that they intend to sign the Paris Agreement at the Ceremony for the Opening for Signature, on 22 April 2016. This information is subject to change: the definitive list of States that have signed the Agreement will only be made available following the ceremony.

 (**) States that have indicated that they intend to sign the Paris Agreement and deposit their instrument of ratification at the Ceremony for the Opening for Signature, on 22 April 2016. This information is subject to change: the definitive list of States that have ratified the Agreement will only be made available following the ceremony.
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UNIC Windhoek supports the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation with information material

DSC_004412 April 2016, the UNIC Windhoek team visited the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Resource Centre to disseminate a collection of information resources. The information material provided to the Ministry comprised of a variety of publications, reports and guides from various UN agencies.

Ms. Martha K. Ntinda from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Resource received the information material and noted the important role of UN publications for research and information purposes. UNIC Windhoek is committed to providing external libraries such as the Ministries’ resource centre with the latest publications, to ensure information sharing and the advancement of knowledge management.  Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek launches the High School Practicum Programme

DSC_0034On 7 April 2016, UNIC Windhoek proudly launched the High School Practicum Programme, a first, for the UN in Namibia. In attendance were representatives of various high schools in Windhoek, who were designated by their school principals to attend this important launch. Namibian schools are writing exams currently, thus the UNIC team fully appreciated the attendance and support of the designated representatives.

DSC_0020Leading the presentation, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek, elaborated on how through innovative campaigns and partnerships,  this programme aims at  empowering the next generation of world  leaders to work with the United Nations and take on global challenges. Equipped with this, the students will be encouraged by the programme to develop leadership skills and civic awareness, and will stay informed on the perspectives and issues affecting nations across the world. Continue reading

Secretary General’s Message on the International Day of Reflection: Genocide in Rwanda

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF 
REFLECTION ON THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA
7 April 2016

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In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda.  The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted.  On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world.

We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy.  With the Great Lakes region still facing serious threats to peace and security, healing and reconstruction remain essential.

Honouring the victims of the genocide in Rwanda also means working for justice and accountability.  I commend United Nations Member States in the region and beyond for their continued efforts to arrest and hand over remaining fugitives and end impunity.  The best way to ensure that genocide and other egregious violations of human rights and international law can never occur again is to acknowledge shared responsibility and commit to shared action to protect those at risk. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek and Hochland students reflect on Genocide in Rwanda

DSC_0057On 7 April, the United Nations observe the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, the theme of this year’s observance is “Fighting Genocide Ideology”.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team paid a special visit to Hochland High School, where a group of senior, history students in the eleventh grade, learnt more about this internationally observed day.

DSC_0080By reflecting on the Rwanda Genocide, students are guided through the history of the genocide, to build awareness and also understanding, and most importantly, for such events to be a learning lesson that will help prevent similar acts in the future. The educational outreach also raises awareness of the lasting impact of genocide on the survivors, particularly widows, orphans and victims of sexual violence, and the challenges that they still face to this day. Continue reading

UNIC launches 55 Facts about Climate Change & Paris Agreement Social Media Campaign

 

Earth 1-5Starting on April 1st, 55 facts about climate change and the Paris Agreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media pages in order to educate the broader Namibian public about climate change and the Paris Agreement.

The Campaign will run until April 22, Mother Earth Day, at which world powers will go to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Agreement into effect.

The Campaign will utilize the hashtags: #55Facts, #ClimateChange and #ParisAgreement. 55 is an educational number that represents an important part of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

As stated in UNFCC’s Adoption of the Paris Agreement Proposal by the President, “This Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.”

Each day, one fact about #ClimateChange and one fact about the #ParisAgreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media platforms. Every other day there will be an extra fact in order to fit in 55 facts by the end of the day on April 22. Dynamic videos and photos will also be included in the campaign. Continue reading

National Information Officer interviewed by NBC, Afrikaans Radio Station

IMG-20160318-WA0002In order to celebrate World Water Day and to generate awareness of the importance of water in many aspects of life, UNIC Windhoek went on radio to highlight the Centre’s Water social media campaign leading up to the official commemoration that will take place at Von Bach Dam.

She highlighted the Centre’s role as part of the committee for World Water Day 2016 in creating a dynamic social media campaign and advocacy on the need to save water. Leveraging the power of social media to engage a broad audience and crafting a powerful message to appeal to Namibians.  Continue reading