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2015 Holocaust Observance

Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people. I would like to see this fundamental principle respected both in rhetoric and in practice by all the members of the international community”. 

                                                                                                        UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say “never again”. The significance of resolution A/RES/60/7 is that it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future.

The UNIC Windhoek 2015 Holocaust  educational outreach programme aimed to raise awareness about the circumstances which made this genocide happen, to sensitize for social and individual strengths and weaknesses and finally memorize the losses of that genocide.

On Wednesday, the 4th of March UNIC Windhoek visited the Windhoek International School and were warmly welcomed by 50 grade 10 and 11 students. The UNIC team cautiously launched the intense topic by presenting a patchwork of different pictures showing significant marks of the Holocaust as the yellow star, the life in a ghetto, beds in a death camp, a mass of dead bodies and a portrait of Adolf Hitler.

Grade 10 and 11 learners from the Windhoek International School

Grade 10 and 11 learners from the Windhoek International School

The students were to describe the pictures and express their inner thoughts and feelings attached to the incidences. Due the respond it was rapid to see that the students were already well acquainted with the topic.

This ease the flow of the presentation into the grounding conditions of Germany during 1930, which place emphases on the economic and political situation and the mood of anti-Semitism as well as the stairs of Hitler’s rise.

We went into more depth with a clip showing the “Milgram experiment” to explain why people act against their convictions in the context of power of obedience. The students were delighted to see how these mechanism of the human psych work and were surprised how far people go, if they don`t have to take responsibility for their behavior/manners.

To intensify the individual skills of the adolescent they became actively involved in assigned group work in answering the following question: “Who am I?” The students have to describe themselves as unique as they are in context of optic, character and specials. The second group read the story of the15 year old girl “Anne Frank”, a young Jewish victim of the genocide and the third group of student got to discuss about statements in terms of the concept of the enemy.

Learners delving into group work "Who am I"

Learners delving into group work “Who am I”

Finally the crowd compared notes over what they have concluded and highlight connections to the subject. Humbly they’ve expressed their creative side as they delve into the issue. After that an insightful exchange of ideas, the one and half hour teaching session comes to a close with a candle light ceremony.

Holocaust Candle Light Ceremony

Holocaust Candle Light Ceremony

 

UNIC Windhoek team were pleased to see that the presentation not only informed the adolescent about the devastating effects of the Holocaust, but also sparked up a strong individualistic interest to prevent future genocides.

Learners with ICT Minister, Hon. Joel Kaapanda

Radio and Youth

World Radio Day was celebrated in Windhoek on Friday, 13 February 2015 by many Namibians who use or make use of this media platform to entertain and inform the masses on a daily basis. This year’s observance of World Radio Day highlighted the involvement of youth in content production of radio programmes.

Many activities were put together to hear the voices of the youth and to highlight the importance Radio play in the life of the Namibian child. Radio programmes are most effective when produced with audience participation, in local languages and with consideration for cultural traditions. Successful features included live public shows, quizzes and village debates.

In hype of the actual day, Lifeline/Childline facilitated a workshop aiming to train journalist in community radio broadcasting. Learners of various high schools within the capital also joined in a panel discussion  to underline ‘the relevance of radio to the Namibian youth.Youth members @ World Radio Day event                                                              Youth members @ WRDNAM Event

The main festivities took place at the Polytechnic of Namibia, Science and Technology building with a live broadcasting-decentralized to all radio stations across the country through the technical support of the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Radio remains the most powerful, and yet the cheapest, mass medium for reaching large numbers of Namibians in isolated areas.

Information and Communication Technology Minister, Honourable Joel Kaapanda, who officiated in the days proceedings, said the involvement of young people in content creation would enhance public participation on youth related matters. Honourable Kaapanda, said radio is a good platform to create public debate as it had the widest audience reaching more than 90 % of the Namibian population.

Also, speaking at the event, Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta, UNESCO Windhoek Officer in Charge, said UNESCO is committed to promote youth participation in broadcasting. “Through the funding of the Swedish Development Cooperation, UNESCO Windhoek office is implementing a four -year regional project on “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs”. The project started in March 2012 and covers seven Sub-Saharan African countries, including Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa.  The project’s aim is to address the lack of quality programming of local radios’, in particular inadequacy of reporting on development issues and limited space dedicated to debate relevant issues for the youth,” said Dr. Barihuta. He highlighted that the project offers support on priority areas of public concern, and facilitates the active participation of youth in public debates thus, promoting their own development. He further said UNESCO was also assisting in the establishment of Khorixas Youth Radio in Kunene Region.Youth participating in the World Radio Day Panel Discussion ‘the relevance of radio to the Namibian youth’

Youth participating in the World Radio Day Panel Discussion

Radio stations in all the regions of Namibia join in on the celebration in the form of outside broadcasting, open days for young people to access radio stations’ studios and co-produce present specific programmes. In Windhoek, about 90 students from 5 schools were afforded the opportunity to visit radio stations and co-present programmes. They were selected through a short essay contest entitled, “What does radio mean to you?” The students said they felt privileged and would like radio stations to include them more regularly in youth programming.

The Namibia National Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO Windhoek Office, the Polytechnic of Namibia, European Union, the UNCG Secretariat (UNIC Windhoek) and various radio outlets in country spearheaded the 2015 World Radio day celebrations that were attended by UN Family, public, primary and secondary school learners, students and staff of tertiary institutions, commercial and community radio stations, etc.

From left Prof. Tjama Tjivikua Rector of Polytechnic of Namibia, Dr Tharcisse Barihuta, UNESCO Windhoek  Acting Officer in Charge and Mr Raul Fuentes Milani, Head of Delegation, European Union at 2015 World Radio Day 2015 celebrations  at Polytechnic of Namibia

From left Prof. Tjama Tjivikua, Rector of Polytechnic of Namibia, Dr Tharcisse Barihuta, UNESCO Windhoek Acting Officer – in – Charge and Mr. Raul Fuentes Milani, Head of Delegation, European Union at 2015 World Radio Day 2015 celebrations at Polytechnic of Namibia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary General’s message on the Intl. Day in memory of the victims of the holocaust

Message on the International Day of Commemoration

in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

27 January 2015

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Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz Birkenau, the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp.

More than a million inmates, primarily Jews, were brutally and systematically killed in the place where the Nazis introduced the monstrous concept of “industrialized murder”. Among the other victims were non-Jewish Poles, political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, disabled persons and Jehovah’s witnesses. Continue reading

Model UN Namibia exhibition at extra-curricular fair

mun fair 3The Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, spearheaded by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been very successful since its inception during 2012. MUNNAM Clubs are hosted at secondary schools in the various regions in Namibia, where high school students meet to run mock simulations or discuss the current international relations trends. Sustaining and mentoring these clubs is a key priority of UNIC Windhoek and is one of the reasons the Centre supports the set up and hosting of the MUNNAM stand at the St Paul’s College Extra-curricular fair on an annual basis.

mun fair 4At St. Paul’s College, each student is required to participate in two extra mural activities for the school calendar year, and the extra-curricular fair provides the students with information on the various activities at their disposal. The MUNNAM Stand at this year’s fair once again attracted hordes of students who were eager to find out what this fun, UN related activity was all about. UNIC Windhoek designed special flyers and provided fact sheets, banners, UNIC water bottles along with MTN Business Namibia (sponsors of MUNNAM) bags and pens to the students interested in joining the programme. The Deputy Principal of the school, Ms. Jenkins, was stationed at the stand along with the existing MUNNAM St Paul’s Club members who happily informed newbies about the programme. Continue reading

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 10 December 2014

On Human Rights Day we speak out.

We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group.

We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.

This is a matter of individual justice, social stability and global progress.

The United Nations protects human rights because that is our proud mission – and because when people enjoy their rights, economies flourish and countries are at peace.

Violations of human rights are more than personal tragedies. They are alarm bells that may warn of a much bigger crisis.

The UN’s Human Rights Up Front initiative aims to heed those alarms. We are rallying in response to violations – before they degenerate into mass atrocities or war crimes.

Everyone can advance the struggle against injustice, intolerance and extremism.

I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. And I call for special protections for the human rights defenders who courageously serve our collective cause.

Let us respond to the cries of the exploited, and uphold the right to human dignity for all.

 

 

 

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THE SECRETARY- GENERAL MESSAGE

INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY, 9 December 2014

            Corruption is a global phenomenon that strikes hardest at the poor, hinders inclusive economic growth and robs essential services of badly needed funds. From cradle to grave, millions are touched by corruption’s shadow.

            On this year’s observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day, we call again on people everywhere to get involved in “Breaking the Corruption Chain”.

            Next year the world will agree a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Our aim is to empower individuals and catalyse governments, the private sector and civil society to help lift millions out of poverty, protect the planet and achieve shared prosperity and dignity for all. Eliminating corruption and its harmful impacts will be crucial to our future well-being.

To dismantle corruption’s high walls, I urge every nation to ratify and implement the UN Convention against Corruption. Its ground breaking measures in the areas of prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and asset recovery have made important inroads, but there is much more to do.  Public services must uphold the highest standards of integrity and ensure that appointments are driven by merit. Public servants, as well as elected officials, must be guided by ethics, transparency and accountability.

The private sector also has a crucial role. Good behaviour is good business. Business groups can convert anti-corruption action into firm support for sustainable development.

I call on everyone to help end corruption, and come together for global fairness and equity. The world and its people can no longer afford, nor tolerate, corruption.

 

Bravo to the UN Cares team of Namibia

untitledNamibia received UN Cares 2014 Award for implementing wellness activities for UN employees and families.

The UN Cares Award is a way to recognize the work of UN Cares teams all over the world who work hard to implement the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards by sharing knowledge with their colleagues, making male and female condoms available in the workplace, promoting staff to know their HIV status, reaching families with information and skill-building, and addressing stigma and discrimination.

1 December 2014 -The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanks all UN Cares teams worldwide for their commitment and congratulates the five winning teams in this short video message. www.uncares.org/UNAIDS2/content/un-cares-award-2014

2014 has been indeed a great year for the UN Namibia.  The UN Country Team has the following to say in recognize excellence in the work of UN Cares team:

“Well deserved congratulations for a job well done. I want to comment the UN cares team for the excellent work being done. Let’s keep up the momentum in the years ahead. You have the full support of UNCT in this – UNRC. I join the “Chief” to congratulate everyone for this well – deserved award – UNFPA. Very proud of you all! – WHO. This is indeed a well-deserved recognition! Congratulations and more grease to your elbows!! United we Stand!!! – FAONA. Bravo to UN CARES team and the cooperation of all staff members who made the activities of UNCARES successful. 2014 has been indeed a great year for the UN Namibia. On behalf of the Staff Associations we commit our continuation to support activities that will bring staff together (Zumba, UNGAMES etc.) Great work!UNDP.”

 

 

 

 

Secretary-General’s Message: Africa Industrialization Day

ban_ki-moon_portrait“INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT: AGRO INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR FOOD SECURITY”

New York, 20 November 2014 – Many African economies have shown impressive growth rates in recent years, but increased prosperity has not always translated into inclusive wealth creation. Far too often, economic development depends on the extraction of natural resources and on low-skilled labor, which has resulted in a weak manufacturing base and uneven distribution of wealth.

Agriculture still accounts for the major share of rural household income and employs over 60 percent of Africa’s labor force, particularly women.  Low agricultural productivity continues to threaten food security in Africa as a whole.

I therefore welcome this year’s theme for Africa Industrialization Day: the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrialization and the close links between agro-industrial development and food security.

Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies. Inclusive and sustainable industrialization is a key stepping stone towards sustained economic growth, food security and poverty eradication in Africa.

On the occasion of Africa Industrialization Day, I reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to promote Africa’s inclusive and sustainable industrial development to help ensure an economically prosperous and socially integrated continent.

 

 

 

 

 

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The “UNiTE To End Violence against Women” campaign has launched this year’s Call for Action: “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood: End Violence against Women and Girls”.

This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence occur at a critical juncture for efforts to end violence against women and girls (VAW/G) as the world gears up to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, and a new global development agenda takes shape. This moment therefore provides an important opportunity to galvanize additional attention around the issue of violence against women and girls.

  • The UNiTE Campaign activities on the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism have the following objectives:
  • To focus government attention on the issue of violence against women and girls as one of the Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action;
  • To call for the inclusion of the issue of violence against women and girls in all Bejing+20 discussions as well as those around the post-2015 development framework;
  • To amplify the calls of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign to mobilize governments and citizens alike to demand a world where gender equality is a reality by demonstrating the intersectionality of the concerns reflected in the Beijing Platform for Action through the lens of violence against women and girls;
  • To raise the profile of the UNiTE campaign and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF) and its grantees with a view to raising funds for the UNTF grant giving cycle in 2015.

In 2013, the UNiTE campaign launched a global call for action to “Orange the World in 16 Days.” UN entities, civil society organizations and individuals across the world led an array of creative and highly visible events in over 50 countries, which drew attention to the issue and created opportunities for discussion around current initiatives and solutions. The initiative aimed to create the symbolic image of a world free from violence against women and girls. The colour orange was a uniting theme which ran through all events as one of the official colours of the UNiTE campaign, and as a bright and optimistic colour, representative of a world free from violence against women and girls.

The 20th anniversary of Beijing opens new opportunities to reconnect, regenerate commitment, charge up political action and mobilize the public. The emphasis of UNiTE campaign activities will therefore be on engaging the community and the individual, and taking the UNiTE campaign ‘local’ through ‘door to door advocacy’ – not only in government buildings and town halls, but also in villages, libraries and market places. Everyone has a role to play in their community: men, boys, religious leaders, local politicians, barbers, food stall sellers, shop owners, teachers, doctors and police officers.