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Read Namibia coalition learn about social media for grassroots causes

Tuesday, October 31st 2017 UNIC Windhoek lent support to a workshop hosted at the US Ambassador’s residence on behalf of the Read Namibia Coalition.

Read Namibia, which aims to educate young learners and give them the skills and knowledge needed to become global citizens, is made up of a diverse group of partners including the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS), the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Namibia (UNAM).

In an effort to support grassroots movements and broadcast information about Read Namibia, volunteers Lindsay Harrington of UNIC and Ida Sallah of the Coalition of Diplomatic Spouses, gave an educational introduction to communications strategizing and the use of social media for grassroots causes. As a low cost and powerful tool, social media networks can serve as excellent platforms to facilitate communications about grassroots efforts and grow visibility. The workshop detailed the ways in which coalition members can harness the powers of social media to broadcast Read Namibia’s mission and values to the general public in the Windhoek area. Volunteers discussed concepts like generating community engagement, educating the public about literacy initiatives in Namibia and enhancing Namibia’s reading culture among youth.

Read Namibia collaborates with volunteers from Embassies and High Commissions in Namibia, local libraries, schools and private sector partners to host reading events and

donate reading materials to young learners. While inspiring a love of reading in the younger generation, Read Namibia hopes that it can help combat illiteracy and promote quality education in an effort to transform Namibia into a knowledge-based society.

#MondayMenu: 30 October – 5 November 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 30 October – 5 November 2017.

FAO Namibia will be hosting Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) Trainings on the Rangeland Reseeding-Resilience Building Nexus on 31 October. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2iIfrQl

World Cities Day, 31 October, aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. Learn more: http://bit.ly/109o7jX

WHO and partners, together with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) in Namibia have consequently started to align country and partner efforts around a unified and multi-sectoral preparedness framework for a harmonized technical, financing, and evaluation benchmarks in the country.

Following the voluntary Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of IHR Core Capacities that was conducted in Namibia in December 2017, the country is in the final stages of completing a National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS), for preventing, detecting and responding to public health threats independently of whether they are natural, deliberate or accidental emergencies. This NAPHS is expected to be reviewed, costed and finalized in the meeting that is scheduled to take place from 31 October to 2 November 2017, in Namibia. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2zZX4L6

On Wednesday, 1 November, Namibia will commemorate the International Day of Poverty Eradication at Five Rand Camp.

The inauguration of the Yahoo Japan Patrol Camp at Etosha National Park will be taking place on Saturday, 4 November. Yahoo Japan, UNDP Namibia, the Embassy of Japan in Namibia, the Strengthening the Protected Areas System (PASS) and the Namibia Parks and Wildlife are involved in the initiative

UNIC Windhoek highlights the SDGs

At the UN Day exhibition, the United Nations Information Centre showcased its work to guests and young people in attendance. The UNIC exhibit showcased some programmes such as the Model United Nations programme as well as educational outreach programmes such as UN4U, Holocaust, PeacePals and more.

Most prominently the UNIC exhibition handed out information about the Sustainable Development Goals along with SDG branded bags and UNIC branded pens. The young people received SDG word puzzles and games, and were keen to learn more about the Global Goals. As the hub for information about the UN, UN charters, information about human rights etc. were available to the public to take along.

UNIC staff interacted with Government, diplomats, civil society and young people who were keen to learn more and understand the UN in Namibia better. As people departed from the UN house, it was wonderful to see them leave with UNIC bags, branded with the the Sustainable Development Goals which they now had a better understanding of.

Exhibition showcases UN System in Namibia’s work

On United Nations Day 2017, the UN System in Namibia demonstrated to stakeholders from government, diplomatic corps and civil society how the agencies and programmes in Namibia work together to deliver as one in Namibia through an exhibition.

The exhibition was hosted at the UN house,  and brought together all resident and nonresident agencies, to demonstrate the progress being made in the areas of health, the environment, food security, aviation, labour, poverty, the environment and gender equality.

Invited guests and youth toured the UN building, interacting with programme staff and learning more about each agency’s work and how it relates to national development. UN agencies distributed reports, information sheets and promotional material in support of their agency mandates and ensured meaningful interactions through videos, demonstrations and interactive displays.

The exhibition provided a platform to share the UN System’s vision and work and foster further collaboration among partners.

UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable development

Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

“We challenge [the youth] to be the generation that creates a fairer world; a world with a health and educated population and where poverty is a thing of the past. We challenge you to unite for development,” the UNRC said.

Youth make up a large percentage of Namibia’s population, and according to UNESA, Africa’s youth population is expected to more than double by 2055. Demonstrating the innovation and drive of the younger generation, learners from the Sunshine Private School marimba band performed an original piece about the SDGs as part of the proceedings, encouraging the audience to use their voices to be the change they want to see and to achieve the 17 global goals.

The Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Hon. Lucia Iipumbu echoed the integral role of partnership in the achieving development agendas, specifically the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).

“Together we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress, which I am convinced we will continue to build on. We will continue to empower women, engage the youth, uphold human rights for all, eradicate poverty and provide technical support and expertise to push the development agenda forward in Namibia,” Hon. Iipumbu said.

Following the event, learners and invited guests, including Deputy Ministers from Land, Fisheries and the Office of the Prime Minister, representatives from Namibia’s line ministries, representatives of the diplomatic corps and development partners, had the opportunity to learn more about the UN’s work in Namibia and interact with various programme staff members. The dynamic exhibition also raised awareness of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF), the partnership framework between the UN Namibia and the Namibian government.

UN Day, an observance celebrated globally, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the UN officially came into being. In Namibia, over 170 staff members make up the UN System in Namibia.

Sustainable Development Goals welcome visitors to UN Namibia house

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are central to the work of the United Nations (UN). In Namibia, the SDGs are weaved into the country’s current national development plan, NDP5, demonstrating the national government’s unwavering commitment to work towards the greatest development agenda of our time.

At a historic UN summit on 25 September 25 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of a set of goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. These goals are a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while also protecting the planet and resources.

 The UN House in Namibia houses agencies, programmes and funds which work in support of the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) in the areas of education, health, the environment, food security, gender equality and poverty.

 To promote public understanding and awareness of the 17 Goals, UN Namibia branded the different segments of the UN House boundary wall with one of the SDGs. The branded mural creates a striking, colourful display and heightens visibility for the landmark Global Goals – something that all citizens can embrace and inevitably help work towards.

 For these goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part, including you. Click here to learn more about the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

 

 

 

   

UNIC Windhoek partner with UNAM Model United Nations to host mock conference

In partnership with the University of Namibia Model United Nations Society,  United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the second Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM mock Conference  for 2017. The event was held at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 4th October 2017.

Model UN is an international programme where students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly. 

Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “Addressing the social and economic consequences of religious intolerance.” Delegates debated and pointed out facts about religion and politics. In conclusion, the delegates pointed out that the only way to address the dispute between religion and politics is to educate people so as to familiarize them with the importance of respecting the next person’s religion

The debate concluded with an award ceremony acknowledging all participants, with special recognition given to the best speaker, as well as best overall delegate of the session. The president of the UNAM Model UN Society was pleased that the newly established Model UN Society continues to grow from strength to strength.

#MondayMenu: 2 – 8 October 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 2 – 8 October 2017.

UN Namibia and government partners will be participating in a training on the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Programming Principles from 2-4 October. The training is aimed at providing the UN-GRN team with the tools and techniques to drive the process of developing the UNPAF 2.0 for the period of 2019-2023, the second joint partnership framework between the UN and GRN.

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. It is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1AUPAkK

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1EjzW71

UNESCO Windhoek Office will be participating in the Inauguration of RAID FM Community Radio in Rundu on 3 October.

The University of Namibia (UNAM) Model United Nations society in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will be hosting the Tertiary Level End of Semester Model UN Mock Conference on 4 October.

UNESCO will be celebrating International Teachers’ Day in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) on 5 October. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2dtCo79

UNIC Windhoek promotes literacy at Okahandja Secondary School

Okahandja, 24 September: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek handed over a donation of books to Okahandja Secondary School as a way to increase literacy among the youth.

In line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 ‘Quality Education’, the book donations will ensure that the youth have access to information they need to succeed. Through reading, young people can expand their knowledge, becoming empowered and educated, and can position themselves to be employable in the future. Accessible, quality education accelerates poverty reduction and reduces inequalities.

The donation of the books occurred at the end of the Prosperous Paths outreach, UN Namibia’s programme aimed at raising awareness of gender equality and empowering young women, which took place at the school the same day, 24 September 2017.

UNIC Windhoek also handed over a poster with the 17 SDGs for the school to hang up. The National Information Officer, Anthea Basson encouraged the learners to use the resources availed to them to expand their knowledge and to use that knowledge to bring about change in their communities.

Basson also informed the learners that UNIC Windhoek’s library, located in at the UN House in Windhoek, is open for them to visit and expand their knowledge of the UN.

 

UN Namibia empowers young females to follow #ProsperousPaths

Okahandja, 24 September: The UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) discussed issues of the girl-child and gender inequality with over 200 learners at Okahandja Secondary School through the Prosperous Paths: Empowering the Namibian Girl-Child programme.

As part of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN is working towards achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, in line with SDG Goal 5. Through a variety of programmes, including Prosperous Paths, UN Namibia aims to motivate and inspire the youth to follow their dreams and to be empowered and educated in order to be employable tomorrow.

After successfully engaging with over 5,000 girls in Windhoek in 2016, UN Namibia has begun to roll out Prosperous Paths in Namibia’s regions, starting with Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa region. Urging the female learners to use their unique talents and voices to bring about change, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho encouraged the learners to, “Take space, be prepared and dare to be different”.

The motivated group of learners took space at the event, using their voices to suggest solutions for issues impacting their communities, including gender inequality, poverty, teenage pregnancy and sexual violence. Highlighting the importance of education, one learner said that women and vulnerable groups should be empowered through various educational campaigns.

Another learner emphasised that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education needs to start at home, with open conversations between parents and their children. Likewise, a learner mentioned that conversations about sexual violence and gender equality need to happen with boys and men from an early age.

Gbeho, impressed by the students, encouraged them to follow their dreams and find their #ProsperousPaths. “You all have the potential to make a difference. Success will come from you deciding that you will succeed against all odds,” she said.