In light of World Cancer Day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek joined the world to support the cause by taking part in the #WeCanICan campaign by creating a dynamic social media poster.

“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, co-worker, doctor, or patient- Jennifer Aniston. World cancer day is commemorated to reflect on how cancer affects everyone in various ways, and how we can collectively or individually take various actions to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities. Cancer day is commemorated because we take time to appreciate and recognize the people who lost their lives, battled the disease and are still going through the disease.

According to the World Health Organization cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. In 2015 the World Health Organization deemed cancer as the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2015.  The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  • lung (1.59 million deaths)
  • liver (745 000 deaths)
  • stomach (723 000 deaths)
  • colorectal (694 000 deaths)
  • breast (521 000 deaths)
  • Oesophageal cancer (400 000 deaths) (1).

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UN System Namibia’s first Town Hall for 2017 kicks off on a high note

The Resident Coordinator’s Office hosted the UN System in Namibia’s first Town hall meeting on Wednesday, 25th January 2017. All UN Namibia staff from  resident agencies as well as some non-resident agencies attended in large numbers.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho welcomed staff back with a short motivational New Year’s greeting. Gbeho highlighted that 2017 will be another great year for the UN in Namibia. She reflected on 2016 and highlighted some of the important milestones the UN System were able to deliver upon thanks to the hard work of each staff member from the respective UN agencies. Gbeho further thanked the UN Country Team members for their continued support during 2016. She called upon all staff to work toward Delivering as One to make 2017 successful.

The Resident Coordinator noted that “these are exciting times for the United Nations as there is a newly appointed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from Portugal”. She spoke at length about the newly appointed Secretary General, his focus areas as well his vision for the UN System as a whole. Continue reading

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 6 – 12 February

Are you curious about what UN Namibia is up to this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 6 – 12 February!

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is commemorated each year on 6 February. This year, it is being commemorated under the theme “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/1kdPUat

Today is the first day of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat in Swakopmund. The objectives of the retreat include to: review of progress achieved in 2016, plan for 2017 and beyond; examine the functionality of ‘Delivering as One’ approach and mechanisms; provide an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen collaboration; strategise around existing and new strategic areas of joint UN support to Government, especially under NDP5; and continue to build consensus among members of the Namibia UN Country Team members. The Retreat will finish on Thursday, 9 February.

As part of the retreat, the UNCT Members and Retreat participants will be visiting Immanuel Ruiters Primary School in Walvis Bay. This school is benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, an initiative that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with the technical support of the World Food Programme (WFP).

School feeding positively contributes to learners’ performance as well as increases class participation and attendance in school. Currently, the School Feeding Programme supports 330,000 learners in all fourteen regions of Namibia.

Safer Internet Day, 7 February, aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and calls on all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Also on Tuesday, 7 February, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will commemorate the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust through an exhibition and educational programme. History students from Jan Mohr Secondary School will be visiting the UN House to learn about the Holocaust and the importance of preventing such a tragedy from happening again.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/20w4twe

 

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 30 January – 5 February 2017

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 30 January – 5 February!

The 2017 #MondayMenu information campaign artwork went through an image makeover for the New year!  By incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals branding we bring into focus the 17 Goals which Namibia and member states around the world committed to work toward! The new layout is colourful and clean and will be used to communicate the UN System in Namibia’s weekly calendar.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, PEPFAR and USAID is convening a meeting on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls and young women. The “Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation on HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women” aims to elaborate approaches and strategies for how best to reach adolescent girls and young women with HIV prevention in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

More than 100 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the meeting.  Participants will be a mix of technical experts, advocates, major donors, government officials and representatives of civil society organizations. The meeting will take place at Safari Hotel, Windhoek from 1-3 February 2017.

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. Learn more about this event: http://bit.ly/2j9xFIM

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. For this reason, UNIC Windhoek will be hosting a photography workshop for its staff on 2 February. The idea behind the workshop is to equip UNIC’s team members with the skills to take dynamic photos that tell stories and can be used to communicate the work of the United Nations.

World Cancer Day is commemorated each year on 4 February. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Learn more about this UN International Observance: http://bit.ly/1RwhII2

Did you know that 2017 is the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development? This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers

UNIC Windhoek share latest Africa Renewal Publication with local editorial teams

UNIC Windhoek is responsible for the distribution of public information to the media, the public, government and key stakeholders. In fulfillment of its ongoing mission to provide up to date information and the latest publications from Head Quarters and other UN agencies to all stakeholders, UNIC Windhoek shared the latest African Renewal Publication with all media outlets in Windhoek on 25 January 2017. Editors from all major print and radio stations received hand delivered copies of the magazine for information purposes.

The Africa Renewal Magazine is a product of the Africa Renewal Information Programme. The Magazine first appeared in 1987 and provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.  Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek learns about the Holocaust for a ‘better future’

27 January 2016- On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek staff learned about this tragic and defining point in history through a dynamic exhibition at the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia

The exhibition is part of UNIC Windhoek’s Holocaust Educational Outreach Programme, which this year is focusing on “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

This theme “emphasises the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity” (UN International Observances).

The UNIC Windhoek staff learned about the importance of the genocide prevention and are ready to share this knowledge with their peers.

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2016 #WCW Features continue to inspire and promote gender equality

Throughout 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrated women and their accomplishments through the #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign.

“The multifaceted #WCW campaign reached a large audience, as it was shared on UNIC Windhoek’s website and across social media. Our hope is that the campaign inspired many girls and women to go after their dreams and to bring about positive change in their lives,” said Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia.

Starting around International Women’s Day in March 2016, UNIC Windhoek introduced a weekly social media campaign through which it celebrated the accomplishments of women with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of continuing to strive towards achieving gender equality. Continue reading

“HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations” exhibition at UN Headquarters

The Group of Friends for Gender Parity, a coalition of over 60 like-minded Member States committed to advocating for gender parity in the United Nations, organized an exhibition, “HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations”, which was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Germany, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

The exhibit was launched on 13 December 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Please visit the exhibition through the UN News Centre article below: :
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55871

Here is a link to other UN Exhibits, which include another two exhibitions on women at: http://unexhibitsny.org/explore

#UNICrecap: UNIC Windhoek highlights its successes on social media

2016 has been a successful and exciting year for the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek! In celebration of its accomplishments, UNIC Windhoek will highlight its 2016 programmes on social dsc_0498media from Monday, 19 December through Saturday, 31 December through its #UNICrecap campaign.

The National Information Officer to Namibia, Anthea Basson, says that many new initiatives were started in 2016.

“The UNIC Windhoek team worked very hard throughout the year. Not only did we expand our existing programmes, including Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) and UN4U, we introduced creative initiatives such as the Namibia Agreement, the High School Practicum facts-1-10Programme and #PeacePals while at the same time raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basson said.

The Namibia Agreement, an agreement to take climate action signed by Namibian students on 22 April when world leaders were signing the historic Paris Agreement, was one of the many initiatives that focused on addressing climate change that UNIC Windhoek implemented this year. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates mother and dedicated student Natalie Kamati

natalie-wcwIn order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday.

For this week’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Natalie Kamati, a dedicated student who has embraced being a teenage mother.

Check out Natalie’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about how she has grown from the challenges she has faced as a teenage mother, her career goals and women’s empowerment.

1.) Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a normal teenager currently in high school and aspire to pursue a career once I finish school. I regard myself as easy going however as most teens I am guilty of sometimes thinking I know all answers. Life has taught me to be humble and being the only girl among boys has taught me to be assertive. I am often told I have a big heart, and I am always willing to help.

2.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment, and why it is important?

I have been blessed to be in a family with very strong women. My grandmother raised 6 children by herself and all her children managed to get an education. Additionally, I was raised by my mother.

The women in my family taught me the importance of working hard and standing on your own two feet. Especially in Namibia where passion killings are constantly on the rise. I think it is important to teach girls to work hard and not rely on sugar daddies making them vulnerable to passion killings. It is important we empower our fellow women in accordance with the Harambee Prosperity Plan.

3.) Could you tell us about your experience being a teenage mother? Have you faced any challenges? What has been the best part of being a mother?

It was by far one of the hardest challenges I had to face in life. Coming from a strong Christian family emotions range from shame to excitement and regret. However my son has been such a blessing. Being a teenager with no financial means or the maturity to raise my son I have to thank my parents for being a strong support system and being there every step of the way. My son is motivating me to work harder, finish school and pursue a college degree in order to give him a better life. I constantly remind myself that no matter what people say and fingers pointed at me, he is my silver lining and not my end or downfall. Life of a teenage mother is filled with constant challenges but I am forever grateful for my Heavenly Father for strengthening me through the challenges and giving me a very supportive family.                                  

4.) How do you balance between being a young mom and attending school?

I would be the first to admit that finding the right balance is a daily challenge. I have support from my mother. She encourages me to work hard at school so that I have a shot at a great future. My son stays with a nanny during school hours and after hours I spend time with him. My mom usually takes care of him in the evening to give me a chance to do homework or study for exams. It is a constant juggling act especially when he is sick.

5.) After you finish with secondary school, what do you plan to do next?

As a teenage mother, having my son has encouraged me to work harder in order for me to provide him with a better future. I foresee a career as a social worker or a psychologist in order to help teenage girls and the elderly.

6.) What is your advice to teenage mothers?

I know as a teenage mother we always think we know and have all the answers. I want to encourage all the young people to listen to your parents and value their advice. I pray to God that pregnancy does not happen to other young girls, for those that did, I pray that they get the love and support that I got from my family. Our parents’ advice is best no matter the challenges, it will be hard, but we will make it. Remember you are the creator of your own destiny our first lady is a perfect example.

7.) Who is your mentor/role model and why?

My role model is my mother. Seeing her work really hard and getting up every day just to make sure her children are happy and have what they need, makes me proud to have her as my mother and she inspires me to want to do many great things. May I add that she’s still pursuing her studies at her age (just completed her Honours degree). Now that is the type of encouragement a teenage mother needs.

8.) What is your wish for young girls in Namibia?

Namibia as a democratic country provide us with many opportunities which we can pursue for our own success as the sky is the limit. I want to encourage young girls not to get encouraged by temporary flashy stuff but to empower ourselves to become strong woman. We hear about passion killing and gender based violence, we should stand strong and soar in order to contribute to woman empowerment in the country. Their circumstances should not compel them into becoming what they are not destined to be, they can make it if they want to, BUT, there are no short cuts in this life, work hard and always put God first. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”