UNCT tweet during #AsktheUN live twitter session

IMG_4763In line with the UN System in Namibia’s UN70 commemorative activities, a live twitter session, using the hashtag #AsktheUN was held in collaboration with the Namibian newspaper on Friday 30 October 2015 from 10h00 – 12h00. Participating in the twitter session was the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Agency representatives from IOM, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, WFP AND FAO. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia were engaged in a two hour question and answer session with the general public, providing the UN a platform to interact with the broader public and answering questions related to all spheres of the UN System’s mandate in Namibia. Continue reading

UN70 Roundtable discussion on NBC

UN70 roundtableA roundtable discussion was held on NBC Television in Namibia during a special edition programme of News Journal to highlight the work of the United Nations in Namibia and reflect on the 70th milestone Anniversary. Most importantly, the programme provided a platform to discuss the role of youth, with a studio audience of young people engaging with the speakers and relaying questions about the UN. Continue reading

Windhoek International School UN Day Assembly

wis4Windhoek International School hosted a UN Day Assembly on Thursday 22nd October 2015. With 550 students between the age group of 12 – 18 years attended the assembly, the auditorium was jam packed. The aim of the assembly was to provide the students with background information on the United Nations, the UN’s role in Namibia’s independence and highlighting the UN70 theme of youth, development and poverty. Continue reading

UN Namibia launch UN70 under theme: Youth, Development & Poverty

press launch 5On Friday, 9 October 2015, the United Nations System in Namibia hosted a press briefing to officially launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme unique to Namibia, “Youth, Development & Poverty.”

The speakers addressing the media included the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, Honourable Minister Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare as well as Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia which comprise of all the heads of agencies were also in attendance and ready to engage with the media on the UN70 milestone as well as their various agency mandates. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate was also in attendance to share the platform with the UN System. Continue reading

‘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