Meet the Intern: Christophine Kamati

This week we introduce Christophine Kamati, our in house creative at UNIC Windhoek. She joins the UNIC Windhoek team as part of the Centre’s graduate internship programme.

Christophine is a level headed young woman who is set to carve a niche for herself in the graphic design industry. She continues to push to reach creative new heights and adds a unique edge to all her deliverables.  Her passion for design and creativity is inherent in all she does. Check out the interview with Christophine.

Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary General’s Message on World Press Freedom Day 2018

A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. It is vital for sustainable development.

Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their service to the public is invaluable.

Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced. Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.

On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth.

Thank you.

António Guterres

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature for May, Daphne Losper

Every Wednesday, through our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign  we honour some of the inspiring women who are making an impact and redefining their roles in society through their hard work and dedication. The month of May, we highlight Daphne Losper from Keetmanshoop who works as a Driver for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia. Working as a law enforcement officer at the City Police before, Daphne recalls her first two weeks at the UN as being very challenging as it was a very busy time. “I was thrown into the deep end and had to learn to swim. It was a tough time, and I had to rely on my experience as a law enforcement officer. I put on a brave face each day and embraced every day as a challenge because  I am a strong person.”  Read more about Daphne in part one of our #WCW feature:

Now fully settled in her new role as a driver, we asked Daphne what inspired her to take on this new career path?

“I needed a new challenge and wanted career growth. UNDP is ideal and offers a totally different environment to what I was used to in law enforcement. The organisation offers career growth and I am excited at the future prospects  in store for me.”

Your role is very male dominated, how does this make you feel?

“I am not easily intimidated, I come from a field in law enforcement that is typically male dominated. My training and experience  has prepared me very well. I appreciate the compliments I receive as people do not typically expect a woman to work in this line of work. I believe as women we need to pioneer the road for others to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”

What do you love most about your job and what have you learnt?

“I have learnt so much about the United Nations. Our office offers opportunities to do online training courses in various fields, and I have a greater understanding of social issues. While working, I am being empowered through training. Everyday I am challenged to do something new or different and I try to excel in all I do. The best part of my job is the continuous learning I do on a daily basis, interacting with different people and now I know the shortest routes in and around the city. There are people others only get to see on television and see pictures in the newspapers, I have a front row seat in seeing some of the movers and shakers of our time…”

Look out for part two next week and learn more about our #WCW feature for the month of May.

 

 

 

 

Partnership framework between GRN and UN for 2019-2023 launched

The Director General of the National Planning Commission and Minister of Economic Planning, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho jointly launched the UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023 on Friday, 27 April at the UN House in Windhoek.

Under the theme, “A Partnership for Eradication of Poverty and Increased Equality”, the framework provides an overview of the UN System’s engagement and functions in Namibia for the period 2019-2023. Through this framework, the UN system will support the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) to achieve national and international development agendas.

Highlighting the linkage between the new framework and Namibia’s development agenda, Hon. Kandjoze said, “Our new partnership is fully aligned to Namibia’s needs and aspirations as expressed in our national development plans and policies such as Vision 2030, the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), the Blue Print for Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication and also to the Global Agenda 2030 and the continents’ Agenda 2063, which, as a country we have fully taken-up as our very own.”

Aligned with NDP 5, the UNPAF 2019-2023 contributes to four main results areas: economic progression, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.

The UNPAF 2019-2023 was developed through an intricate and long process to ensure that it is aligned to the shifting development dynamics in Namibia. This included a Mid-Term Review of the previous UNPAF 2014-2018, in 2016, a Common Country Assessment in 2017, and a Joint Partnership and Resource Mobilization Strategy in 2017. The framework’s outcomes and the UN’s interventions towards achieving Namibia’s long-term vision, Vision 2030, were determined through a strategic prioritization process. The GRN and the UN consulted with the private sector, academia, civil society, young people as well as bilateral and multilateral partners throughout the process. Continue reading

United Nations Namibia Early Childhood Development Toddler Meeting

The United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Namibia hosted a toddler meeting at the UN House on the 20th of April 2018. The toddler meeting  was attended by 6 toddlers from the age of 3-6, from the Little Penguins Pre-Primary School Windhoek, as well as by other heads of UN Agencies and the Kenyan High Commissioner to Namibia.

The meeting was centered on early childhood development, to provide insights to the children on the work of the UN House. Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the Resident Coordinator in Namibia, read a moral story to the children, encompassing the UN values, and focusing on fairness, equality and helping the most vulnerable. The goal was to give the children a realistic impression of the work of the UN. She also led a discussion with the toddlers on the importance of being good, fair and willing to share.

 The children received UN material as well as goodies and refreshments. The meeting ended with a brief tour to the UNICEF Office and was concluded with a photo session.

Meet the Interns: Marijana Tubic

This week we introduce Marijana Tubic from Serbia. Through our graduate internship programme, we house national and international interns who wish to gain insight into the work of the Centre and the UN Namibia. The minimum required period is 3 months up to six months.

Read the interview with Marijana and learn more about our team members.

Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Gbeho leaves behind legacy of partnership

Anita Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, will take up the position of Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in Darfur, starting in May 2018. UNAMID protects civilians, facilitates the delivery of humanitarian assistance, mediates between the Government of Sudan and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), and provides support to the mediation of community conflict.

Since arriving in Namibia in August 2015, Gbeho has actively worked to strengthen cooperation between the UN and the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN). Her leadership in establishing the Development Partners Forum (DPF) and institutionalization of the Development Partners Dialogue (DPD), not only strengthened development support towards the GRN, but enhanced development cooperation in Namibia.

Under her stewardship, the UN achieved several milestones and earned the sobriquet ‘Partner of Choice’. Some highlights of successful interventions:

  • The acceleration of the national response to the Hepatitis E outbreak;
  • The roll out the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum and teaching guidelines in schools, reaching 680 teachers in 2017 who further reached 36,448 learners;
  • Supported the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON)’s ‘Be Free’ movement to ensure an AIDS Free generation in Namibia;
  • The mobilization of US$ 37 million for HIV and TB response and USD 2.3 million for malaria elimination in support of national frameworks and strategies;
  • The roll out of E-birth registration;
  • The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Programme achieved scale-up across all 14 regions, reaching over 95% of health facilities and meeting the global target of 95% PMTCT coverage;
  • Established a cost effective way, through the UN, to procure vaccines, equipment and medical supplies for the Namibian GRN. The supplies, which are WHO approved, help the GRN save 60% in costs and are of the utmost importance during outbreaks and emergencies;
  • Supported the roll out of the Conservation Agriculture Programme by training 48 Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) staff and 2,500 farmers on conservation and good agricultural practices in five Regions;
  • Supported the implementation and management of the national school feeding programme, reaching over 330,000 students in 1400 schools across the 14 regions;
  • Supported the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) to develop regional disaster preparedness, response and contingency plans and hold a simulation exercise.

She leaves behind her legacy in the next partnership framework with the GRN, UNPAF 2019-2023, which was launched on Friday, 27 April 2018. This framework is fully aligned to the HPP, NDP5 and the Blue Print on Poverty Eradication and wealth creation and outlines the UN and GRN’s partnership for the next four years to realize the aspirations of Namibians. Continue reading

Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.


Every day women come up with game-changing inventions and life-enhancing creations that transform lives and advance human understanding from astrophysics to nanotechnology and from medicine to artificial intelligence and robotics.

And in the creative sphere, whether in the movies, animation, music, fashion, design, sculpture, dance, literature, art and more, women are re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding

The important and inspiring contributions of countless women around the globe are powering change in our world. Their “can do” attitude is an inspiration to us all. And their remarkable achievements are an invaluable legacy for young girls today with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow.

More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This is good news. With women and men working together, we strengthen humanity’s hand, and improve our ability to enrich our shared cultural wealth and develop effective solutions to alleviate poverty, boost global health, and safeguard the environment. Continue reading

#WCW WednesdayCelebrateWomen April Feature Lucinda Ockhuizen part 3

Women play an integral role in our society. In an endeavour to feature women from different sectors, our WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW campaign, highlights women in our community doing extraordinary things. This week, we release the rest of our interview with our April feature, Lucinda Ockhuizen.

Which of the 17 SDGs resonate with you and why? How do you plan to work towards achieving this goal?

Gender Equality is the SDG that resonates with me the most because we live in a society where very few of the entire university enrolments for science fields are women, yet some of the most difficult challenges of our time can be solved by Scientists and Engineers. I plan to assist in achieving this goal by actively encouraging more women to embrace STEM fields in Namibia.

Why is it important to empower women and girls to pursue careers in the field of technology?

Empowering more women to work in the STEM fields will maximise innovation, creativity and efficiency. By making women part of the STEM workforce, services and solutions will be guided by a broader array of experiences and will be better designed and more likely to represent all users.

 What motivates you and who is your role model?

I am motivated by the idea of changing people’s lives and I am inspired by strong and powerful female role models and their stories.

 What is your advice to girls following their dreams?

I would say to young girls: “You can determine what your outlook is about a situation, despite where you come from or what you are going through and you shouldn’t let go of your dreams simply because someone else says it is impossible.”