Established and in operation since 1992, UNIC Windhoek was officially opened on 15 April 1996 by the Honourable Minister of Basic Education and Culture. This office is one of the branch offices of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
UNIC Windhoek forms part of the network of 63 United Nations Information Centres globally. The Centre is key to the Organization’s objective in reaching people worldwide and to share the United Nations story in their language of preference. The Centre, works in coordination with the UN system, involves media and educational institutions, engages in partnerships with governments, local civil society organizations and the private sector. It is further tasked to maintain libraries and electronic information resources.
UNIC is responsible for promoting greater public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the UN. This is done primarily by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to the Namibian people, especially in remote areas. The Centre is the principal source of information on the UN system in Namibia
Information Centres are part of the Department of Public Information (DPI). The first two UNICs were established in 1946. The United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels, Belgium, covers 21 countries in Western Europe. In addition, the Information Centres in Cairo, Mexico City, and Pretoria, where there are high concentrations of media outlets, are responsible for working strategically with Centres in neighboring countries to develop and implement communications plans to promote United Nations priority themes in a way that has special resonance in their respective regions.
Information Centre’s are instrumental in translating information materials into local languages, engaging opinion-makers and placing op-ed articles by senior UN officials in the national media, or organising events to highlight issues or observances. In keeping with worldwide objectives the Centre gives global messages a local accent and help bring the UN closer to the people it serves.