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IWD: UNAM students encourage their peers to #BeBoldForChange

International Women’s Day (IWD), commemorated globally on 8 March, is a, “time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities” (UN International Observances).

In light of IWD, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted an awareness-raising event at Olupale Square on the main campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in an effort to engage with tertiary students on gender equality, women’s empowerment and Goal 5 ‘Gender Equality’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNAM Student Representative Council (SRC) Representative for Community Development Mr. Laeka Ileka opened the event by highlighting that women play an important role in society and are a great source of light in all aspects of society. He continued to explain that the reason IWD exists is to show women across the globe that their efforts and the challenges they face have not been forgotten.

Following the introduction, students were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on women’s empowerment and gender equality through an open mic session. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Sister Christy advocates for Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a worldwide call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Adopted in 2015, the SDGs comprise of 17 Goals that aim to transform the world by 2030.

As part of the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen #WCW Campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek asks each WCW feature to pick one of the SDGs which resonates with them most and share how they plan to work towards achieving that particular goal.

Sister Christy, a registered nurse at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and UNIC Windhoek’s #WCW for the month of March, chose Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being. This goal is intended to safeguard healthy lives and uphold the well-being for all at all ages.

Echoing the targets of Goal 3, Sister Christy says that, “Health is a fundamental human right for everyone, irrespective of your gender, race, age educational status or socio-economic background, and every person is entitled to have the best possible health status.”

In terms of Goal 3, noteworthy steps have been taken to increase life expectancy and reduce needless deaths associated with child and maternal mortality. From the time the SDGs were implemented, much progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Good health and well-being is a key focus area in Namibia and in Sister Christy’s work. She explains, “It’s my responsibility to be part of the team that actively works hard in order to promote health, prevent disease and prolong life.”

Increasing knowledge, raising awareness and shifting attitudes related to the prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of common health have been some of the attention areas in achieving Goal 3.

Sister Christy pledges to try her, “[…]utmost best to create awareness and provide health education on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and timely health care, not only [for] cancer but [for] health in general.” Continue reading

UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in Namibia

GENEVA (28 February 2017) – United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Namibia from 2 to 13 March 2017 to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country.

The Independent Expert noted that the upcoming visit to a member of the Group of Friends on the Human Rights of older persons will be an important opportunity to identify both best practices and gaps in the implementation of existing laws related to the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons.

“I am particularly interested in learning more about Namibia’s extensive social protection system, including the universal non-contributory pension, which helped to significantly reduce poverty levels as well as the advanced technology introduces in the mid-1990s to manage the payment system. This is crucial in a country with low population density and may have a lot of potential for other countries in similar situations,” the Independent Expert observed.

“I believe that this visit will prove extremely fruitful in assessing the implementation of existing international instruments with regard to older persons while identifying best practices related to my mandate. I would also like to learn more about Namibia’s policies and strategies of relevance to older persons such as the Government’s Prosperity Plan,” she added.

Ms. Kornfeld-Matte is the first Independent Expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring, reporting and advising on the promotion and protection of the rights by older persons in the world.

Ms. Kornfeld-Matte, who is visiting the country at the invitation of the Government, will also travel to the Kavango region to hold discussions with government representatives, non-governmental organizations and others, working with and on the issue of older persons.

A press conference will be held in Windhoek at the conclusion of the expert’s visit, on Monday, 13 March 2017 at 15h00 at the UN House, Video Conference Room, 38 Stein Street, Klein Windhoek, Namibia, to share preliminary findings with the media.

The Independent Expert will present her findings and recommendations of her country visit in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2017.

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UNIC Windhoek staff learn about photography

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team learned about photography through a skill building workshop hosted by Francis Photo Studios, a local Namibian photography company.

 On 2 February 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team learned that a photo says more than a thousand words through a skill building workshop hosted by Francis Photo Studios, a local Namibian photography company. Continue reading

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen: UNIC Windhoek celebrates senior resident nurse Sister Christy

As a way to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, UNIC Windhoek is continuing with its #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign from last year, through which the Centre celebrated inspiring women each Wednesday. This year, as a way to get to know each feature better, UNIC Windhoek will feature one inspiring women per month.

For this month’s #WCW, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Christolina Kaventura, a registered nurse by profession who is popularly known as Sister Christy.

Sister Christy is currently employed at the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN). She is actively involved in generating cancer awareness at the community level and through social media, in the organization of wellness days and in training nurses on pap smears and breast examinations. Sister Christy’s true passion involves the National Cancer Outreach Programme which allows her, together with the CEO Rolf Hansen, to visit the rural areas of the country to host cervical and breast cancer screenings and to educate fellow Namibians.

Check out Sister Christy’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about cancer in Namibia, challenges faced by Namibia’s health system and shares her thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Continue reading

In light of World Cancer Day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek joined the world to support the cause by taking part in the #WeCanICan campaign by creating a dynamic social media poster.

“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, co-worker, doctor, or patient- Jennifer Aniston. World cancer day is commemorated to reflect on how cancer affects everyone in various ways, and how we can collectively or individually take various actions to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities. Cancer day is commemorated because we take time to appreciate and recognize the people who lost their lives, battled the disease and are still going through the disease.

According to the World Health Organization cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. In 2015 the World Health Organization deemed cancer as the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2015.  The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  • lung (1.59 million deaths)
  • liver (745 000 deaths)
  • stomach (723 000 deaths)
  • colorectal (694 000 deaths)
  • breast (521 000 deaths)
  • Oesophageal cancer (400 000 deaths) (1).

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UN System Namibia’s first Town Hall for 2017 kicks off on a high note

The Resident Coordinator’s Office hosted the UN System in Namibia’s first Town hall meeting on Wednesday, 25th January 2017. All UN Namibia staff from  resident agencies as well as some non-resident agencies attended in large numbers.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho welcomed staff back with a short motivational New Year’s greeting. Gbeho highlighted that 2017 will be another great year for the UN in Namibia. She reflected on 2016 and highlighted some of the important milestones the UN System were able to deliver upon thanks to the hard work of each staff member from the respective UN agencies. Gbeho further thanked the UN Country Team members for their continued support during 2016. She called upon all staff to work toward Delivering as One to make 2017 successful.

The Resident Coordinator noted that “these are exciting times for the United Nations as there is a newly appointed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from Portugal”. She spoke at length about the newly appointed Secretary General, his focus areas as well his vision for the UN System as a whole. Continue reading

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 6 – 12 February

Are you curious about what UN Namibia is up to this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 6 – 12 February!

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is commemorated each year on 6 February. This year, it is being commemorated under the theme “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/1kdPUat

Today is the first day of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat in Swakopmund. The objectives of the retreat include to: review of progress achieved in 2016, plan for 2017 and beyond; examine the functionality of ‘Delivering as One’ approach and mechanisms; provide an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen collaboration; strategise around existing and new strategic areas of joint UN support to Government, especially under NDP5; and continue to build consensus among members of the Namibia UN Country Team members. The Retreat will finish on Thursday, 9 February.

As part of the retreat, the UNCT Members and Retreat participants will be visiting Immanuel Ruiters Primary School in Walvis Bay. This school is benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, an initiative that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with the technical support of the World Food Programme (WFP).

School feeding positively contributes to learners’ performance as well as increases class participation and attendance in school. Currently, the School Feeding Programme supports 330,000 learners in all fourteen regions of Namibia.

Safer Internet Day, 7 February, aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and calls on all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Also on Tuesday, 7 February, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will commemorate the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust through an exhibition and educational programme. History students from Jan Mohr Secondary School will be visiting the UN House to learn about the Holocaust and the importance of preventing such a tragedy from happening again.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/20w4twe

 

UNIC Windhoek share latest Africa Renewal Publication with local editorial teams

UNIC Windhoek is responsible for the distribution of public information to the media, the public, government and key stakeholders. In fulfillment of its ongoing mission to provide up to date information and the latest publications from Head Quarters and other UN agencies to all stakeholders, UNIC Windhoek shared the latest African Renewal Publication with all media outlets in Windhoek on 25 January 2017. Editors from all major print and radio stations received hand delivered copies of the magazine for information purposes.

The Africa Renewal Magazine is a product of the Africa Renewal Information Programme. The Magazine first appeared in 1987 and provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.  Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek learns about the Holocaust for a ‘better future’

27 January 2016- On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek staff learned about this tragic and defining point in history through a dynamic exhibition at the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia

The exhibition is part of UNIC Windhoek’s Holocaust Educational Outreach Programme, which this year is focusing on “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

This theme “emphasises the universal dimension of Holocaust education as a platform for building respect for human rights, increasing tolerance and defending our common humanity” (UN International Observances).

The UNIC Windhoek staff learned about the importance of the genocide prevention and are ready to share this knowledge with their peers.

The exhibition is open to the public and will be set up at the UN House for the next two weeks. Continue reading