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#WednesdayCelebrateWomen feature for May, Daphne Losper

Every Wednesday, through our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign  we honour some of the inspiring women who are making an impact and redefining their roles in society through their hard work and dedication. The month of May, we highlight Daphne Losper from Keetmanshoop who works as a Driver for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia. Working as a law enforcement officer at the City Police before, Daphne recalls her first two weeks at the UN as being very challenging as it was a very busy time. “I was thrown into the deep end and had to learn to swim. It was a tough time, and I had to rely on my experience as a law enforcement officer. I put on a brave face each day and embraced every day as a challenge because  I am a strong person.”  Read more about Daphne in part one of our #WCW feature:

Now fully settled in her new role as a driver, we asked Daphne what inspired her to take on this new career path?

“I needed a new challenge and wanted career growth. UNDP is ideal and offers a totally different environment to what I was used to in law enforcement. The organisation offers career growth and I am excited at the future prospects  in store for me.”

Your role is very male dominated, how does this make you feel?

“I am not easily intimidated, I come from a field in law enforcement that is typically male dominated. My training and experience  has prepared me very well. I appreciate the compliments I receive as people do not typically expect a woman to work in this line of work. I believe as women we need to pioneer the road for others to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”

What do you love most about your job and what have you learnt?

“I have learnt so much about the United Nations. Our office offers opportunities to do online training courses in various fields, and I have a greater understanding of social issues. While working, I am being empowered through training. Everyday I am challenged to do something new or different and I try to excel in all I do. The best part of my job is the continuous learning I do on a daily basis, interacting with different people and now I know the shortest routes in and around the city. There are people others only get to see on television and see pictures in the newspapers, I have a front row seat in seeing some of the movers and shakers of our time…”

Look out for part two next week and learn more about our #WCW feature for the month of May.





Partnership framework between GRN and UN for 2019-2023 launched

The Director General of the National Planning Commission and Minister of Economic Planning, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, Kiki Gbeho jointly launched the UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023 on Friday, 27 April at the UN House in Windhoek.

Under the theme, “A Partnership for Eradication of Poverty and Increased Equality”, the framework provides an overview of the UN System’s engagement and functions in Namibia for the period 2019-2023. Through this framework, the UN system will support the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) to achieve national and international development agendas.

Highlighting the linkage between the new framework and Namibia’s development agenda, Hon. Kandjoze said, “Our new partnership is fully aligned to Namibia’s needs and aspirations as expressed in our national development plans and policies such as Vision 2030, the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), the Blue Print for Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication and also to the Global Agenda 2030 and the continents’ Agenda 2063, which, as a country we have fully taken-up as our very own.”

Aligned with NDP 5, the UNPAF 2019-2023 contributes to four main results areas: economic progression, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.

The UNPAF 2019-2023 was developed through an intricate and long process to ensure that it is aligned to the shifting development dynamics in Namibia. This included a Mid-Term Review of the previous UNPAF 2014-2018, in 2016, a Common Country Assessment in 2017, and a Joint Partnership and Resource Mobilization Strategy in 2017. The framework’s outcomes and the UN’s interventions towards achieving Namibia’s long-term vision, Vision 2030, were determined through a strategic prioritization process. The GRN and the UN consulted with the private sector, academia, civil society, young people as well as bilateral and multilateral partners throughout the process. Continue reading

United Nations Namibia Early Childhood Development Toddler Meeting

The United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Namibia hosted a toddler meeting at the UN House on the 20th of April 2018. The toddler meeting  was attended by 6 toddlers from the age of 3-6, from the Little Penguins Pre-Primary School Windhoek, as well as by other heads of UN Agencies and the Kenyan High Commissioner to Namibia.

The meeting was centered on early childhood development, to provide insights to the children on the work of the UN House. Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the Resident Coordinator in Namibia, read a moral story to the children, encompassing the UN values, and focusing on fairness, equality and helping the most vulnerable. The goal was to give the children a realistic impression of the work of the UN. She also led a discussion with the toddlers on the importance of being good, fair and willing to share.

 The children received UN material as well as goodies and refreshments. The meeting ended with a brief tour to the UNICEF Office and was concluded with a photo session.

Meet the Interns: Marijana Tubic

This week we introduce Marijana Tubic from Serbia. Through our graduate internship programme, we house national and international interns who wish to gain insight into the work of the Centre and the UN Namibia. The minimum required period is 3 months up to six months.

Read the interview with Marijana and learn more about our team members.

Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Gbeho leaves behind legacy of partnership

Anita Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, will take up the position of Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in Darfur, starting in May 2018. UNAMID protects civilians, facilitates the delivery of humanitarian assistance, mediates between the Government of Sudan and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), and provides support to the mediation of community conflict.

Since arriving in Namibia in August 2015, Gbeho has actively worked to strengthen cooperation between the UN and the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN). Her leadership in establishing the Development Partners Forum (DPF) and institutionalization of the Development Partners Dialogue (DPD), not only strengthened development support towards the GRN, but enhanced development cooperation in Namibia.

Under her stewardship, the UN achieved several milestones and earned the sobriquet ‘Partner of Choice’. Some highlights of successful interventions:

  • The acceleration of the national response to the Hepatitis E outbreak;
  • The roll out the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum and teaching guidelines in schools, reaching 680 teachers in 2017 who further reached 36,448 learners;
  • Supported the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON)’s ‘Be Free’ movement to ensure an AIDS Free generation in Namibia;
  • The mobilization of US$ 37 million for HIV and TB response and USD 2.3 million for malaria elimination in support of national frameworks and strategies;
  • The roll out of E-birth registration;
  • The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Programme achieved scale-up across all 14 regions, reaching over 95% of health facilities and meeting the global target of 95% PMTCT coverage;
  • Established a cost effective way, through the UN, to procure vaccines, equipment and medical supplies for the Namibian GRN. The supplies, which are WHO approved, help the GRN save 60% in costs and are of the utmost importance during outbreaks and emergencies;
  • Supported the roll out of the Conservation Agriculture Programme by training 48 Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) staff and 2,500 farmers on conservation and good agricultural practices in five Regions;
  • Supported the implementation and management of the national school feeding programme, reaching over 330,000 students in 1400 schools across the 14 regions;
  • Supported the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) to develop regional disaster preparedness, response and contingency plans and hold a simulation exercise.

She leaves behind her legacy in the next partnership framework with the GRN, UNPAF 2019-2023, which was launched on Friday, 27 April 2018. This framework is fully aligned to the HPP, NDP5 and the Blue Print on Poverty Eradication and wealth creation and outlines the UN and GRN’s partnership for the next four years to realize the aspirations of Namibians. Continue reading

Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

Every day women come up with game-changing inventions and life-enhancing creations that transform lives and advance human understanding from astrophysics to nanotechnology and from medicine to artificial intelligence and robotics.

And in the creative sphere, whether in the movies, animation, music, fashion, design, sculpture, dance, literature, art and more, women are re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding

The important and inspiring contributions of countless women around the globe are powering change in our world. Their “can do” attitude is an inspiration to us all. And their remarkable achievements are an invaluable legacy for young girls today with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow.

More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This is good news. With women and men working together, we strengthen humanity’s hand, and improve our ability to enrich our shared cultural wealth and develop effective solutions to alleviate poverty, boost global health, and safeguard the environment. Continue reading

SG’s Message on World Autism Day

On World Autism Awareness Day, we stand up for the rights of people with autism and speak out against discrimination.

This year’s observance highlights the importance of empowering women and girls with autism.

They face multiple challenges including barriers to accessing education and employment on an equal footing with others, denial of their reproductive rights and the freedom to make their own choices, and a lack of involvement in policy making on matters that concern them.

Our work for gender equality and women’s empowerment must reach all the world’s women and girls. And our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals must uphold the 2030 Agenda’s core promise to leave no one behind.

On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.

#SlowDown: Easter Weekend campaign

Safe travels to all Namibians🇳🇦 traveling over the long weekend. #GlobalGoals #SDG3

Did you know SDG 3,”Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages “ targets to halve the number of global deaths & injuries from road traffic accidents. #SlowDown and keep safe.




Let’s take urgent action around speed management to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.

Did you know by slowing down you can help work towards the Sustainable Development Goals? #SDG3 (Good health & well being) target 3.6; “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.”

#SlowDown let’s take action

Message on World Poetry Day 2018

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for 2018

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

These lines by the poet Langston Hughes are an invitation to a dream, an escape, an emancipation. Poetry is undoubtedly the best form for expressing this yearning, since it touches upon the personal and allows for all freedoms.

This poem is about the extraordinary power of words that open up infinite horizons, enhance our lives, change reality, embellish it, show it in a new light which has never been seen before.

Poetry is not a trivial game of sounds, words and images: it has a creative, transformative power. Continue reading