Walking in the shoes of a legend, Nelson Mandela Day 2015

book winnersOn July 15th, Windhoek’s United Nations Information Centre team paid a visit to the Holy Cross Convent Primary School to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day. The Centre decided to commemorate this year’s celebration under the title “walking in the shoes of a legend.”

The day comprised of a compelling a presentation about the life and work of the late Nelson Mandela, followed by a creative activity that allowed the learners at Holy Cross to decorate their own shoes. Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on July 18th, the day when the first democratically elected president of South Africa was born in 1918. Continue reading

UN4U programme reaches 600 more learners

The UN4U programme is in full swing at UNIC Windhoek. The programme highlights how the United Nations works for each of us and the audience for this year is primary school pupils. On the 9th, 13th, and 14th of July 2015, UNIC Windhoek hosted the UN4U programme at A.I. Steenkamp in Katutura. Over the span of three days, the Centre managed to reach 600 pupils, teaching the programme to three groups of two hundred pupils. In the absence of a school hall, the team set up outside on a paved floor, under a shadenet ai fiveto inform excited groups of children on the important work of the UN.

The sessions were interactive and had the eager pupils involved from start to finish. Starting off with the history of the United Nations, the comprehensive presentation covered all aspects of the UN with photographs, pictures and info graphics. Learners were continuously provided the opportunity to test their own knowledge through questions posed by the UNIC team members. Continue reading

Secretary General’s Message on World Youth Skills Day 2015

un logoTHE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY

15 July 2015

            I welcome this first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day. On July 15th each year, the international community will underscore the value of helping young people to upgrade their own abilities to contribute to our common future.

            While overall more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million adolescents who are out of school, denied the quality education they deserve and unable to acquire the skills they need.

            We may see an understandably frustrated youth population – but that picture is incomplete. With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies.

            Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs. It triggers a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone. And it strengthens youth capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, moving us closer to ending poverty hunger, injustice and environmental degradation.

            On this Day, I call for investing politically and financially in developing the skills of young people so that they can help build a more just and sustainable future for all.

Blood Donor Clinic for UN in Namibia staff

DSCN3563Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.

On Friday the 10th of June 2015, the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) hosted a World Blood Donor Day Clinic to commemorate the day which was celebrated on the 14th of June. This year’s theme was “Thank You for Saving My Life”. The event took place at the United Nations House. The aim of hosting the Blood Donor Day Clinic was to provide UN staff with the opportunity to participate in the selfless act of donating blood. Continue reading

UNIC kick starts UN4U programme for 2015

DSCN3358UN4U is an educational outreach programme which brings UN officials or representatives to speak to students in their schools. The representatives highlight the agencies within the United Nations, their functions, role and important activities that the United Nations carries out worldwide but most importantly they take a look at the work that is being done in Namibia as a whole.

The targeted number of students UNIC Windhoek wish to reach with the UN4U programme has been increased from 2000 pupils in 2014, to 3000 for 2015! The task of visiting various schools requires great coordination, but the positive results of this program has been proven year on year! Continue reading

Courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Namibia

OIMG_00000504n 19 June 2015 Ms. Anthea Basson, National Information Officer at UNIC Windhoek accompanied the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Musinga Bandora along with the RCO’s Coordinator Specialist, UN Coordination Analyst on an official courtesy visit to the Prime Minister’s Office. Ms. Saara Kuugongelwa – Amadhila, the Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia is the 3rd Prime Minister of Namibia and is the first woman in the history of Namibia to hold this position. She is in office since 21 March 2015.

The Resident Coordinator, Mr. Musinga Bandora duly notified the Prime Minister of his departure and thanked her office for the ongoing support and coordination to the work and partnership with the UN in Namibia. Continue reading

Courtesy call to the Minister of International Relations

10333820_593052487464111_8862008339218571897_oMs. Anthea Basson from UNIC Windhoek accompanied the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator on his farewell courtesy call to the Minister of International Relations & Cooperation who also holds the portfolio as Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Nutumbo Nandi – Ndaitwah. UNIC Windhoek documented all official talks and coordinated with the media in drafting an update on current affairs.

Hon. Nutumbo Nandi – Ndaitwah was pleased to meet with Mr.Bandora on his official courtesy call to her office. She informed the Resident Coordinator that the AU Summit went well and the summit agreed upon the ten year plan of the 2063 agenda and the implementation will commence next year. They spoke at length on the outcomes of the AU summit. Continue reading

Bandora bids farewell to the President of Namibia

IMG_0609In the final run down of all official courtesy calls and media engagement for the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Musinga Bandora, UNIC Windhoek’s National Information Officer, Ms Anthea Basson accompanied the Resident Coordinator to the President of Namibia for purposes of media coordination as well as documenting and enhancing relations. The fruitful courtesy call allowed Mr. Musinga Bandora to thank the President for hosting him in Namibia, he duly informed the President of his end of term and plans to retire. Continue reading

National Anti-Corruption Conference

logoNamibia’s National Development Plans and the objectives contained in Vision 2030 can only be achieved if a participatory, transparent and corruption free society is fostered. The Anti-Corruption Commission convened a National Anti-Corruption Conference from 22-24 June 2015 at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek. The conference was aimed at bringing all heads of various institutions, officers and ministries and agencies together to reflect and discuss issues relating to the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Plan and enhance a transparent and accountable system in all sectors of society. Continue reading