On Friday, 9 October 2015, the United Nations System in Namibia hosted a press briefing to officially launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme unique to Namibia, “Youth, Development & Poverty.”
The speakers addressing the media included the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, Honourable Minister Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare as well as Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia which comprise of all the heads of agencies were also in attendance and ready to engage with the media on the UN70 milestone as well as their various agency mandates. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate was also in attendance to share the platform with the UN System.
The briefing was well attended by the print, television and radio media representatives. The launch was aimed at highlighting UN activities centered on the theme, scheduled to take place which include among others, Soccer Match Against Poverty, Round Table on the National Broadcaster, Radio engagements, youth forum speaking engagements as well as a live twitter session in collaboration with the Namibian Newspaper titled “Ask the UN.” Under the theme Youth, Development & Poverty, the envisaged activities will initiate dialogue and reflect on the role of the United Nations in this agenda.
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Gbeho highlighted that the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations is a momentous occasion in Namibia given the global launch of the Sustainable Development Goals ( SGDs) and the link with H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia’s ‘National War on Poverty.’ She stressed the need to focus of youth as they form almost 75% of the population.
Hon. Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare commended the UN for being a steadfast partner, he said that the Ministry and Government stand ready to work with the UN on its 70th Anniversary to implement the SDGs and win the war on poverty for a peaceful and prosperous Namibia for all. Kapere stressed the importance of implementing social schemes such as the Basic Income Grant. He also stressed the important role of youth in development.