The 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.
On 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
The 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
14 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.
The 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
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
EXPRESS PEACE! ENTER A DRAWING AND STORYTELLING CONTEST
A call to all students to enter!
Are you aged 5 to 10? Enter the contest! Submit a drawing!
Are you aged 11 to 18? Submit a story!
Deadline has been extended to 21 August 2015
The contest entries should illustrate the values of peace or how cultural diversity contributes to peace.
Namibia, Windhoek – 6 August 2015 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
Ms. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia. Continue reading
On August 4th, 2015, the United Nations Information Centre’s team brought the message of the United Nations to learners at the Havana Primary School in Windhoek. Under the banner of its outreach program – UN4U – Windhoek’s United Nations Information Centre visits local primary schools in order to provide learners with a basic understanding of the United Nations’ organizational structure, various agencies, and the role that the organization plays in Namibia. Importantly, the program seeks to convey the message that the United Nations is an organization that not only works for the people but also helps developing countries such as Namibia help themselves. Continue reading
On Wednesday the 29th of July 2015, the United Nations Information Centre, Windhoek visited Windhoek Central primary School where 200 students we present for the UN4U presentation. It began with a brief background and history on the formation of the United Nations in 1945. The pupils surprisingly seemed to have sufficient background knowledge of whom the previous and current Secretary Generals are, their names and their countries of origin. Continue reading