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#Proudtoserve UNIC Windhoek features Public Servants ahead of 23 June

In the run up to  the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23rd June 2017, UNIC Windhoek will share the stories of Namibian public servants over the next week.

The United Nations Public Service Day celebrates public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

UNIC Windhoek interviewed Ms. Julien Coetzee, a Namibian woman who has spent her life in public service.

Ms. Coetzee, a hardworking mother of two, a nurse at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital in Rehoboth. A 13-year veteran of the health care industry. Ms. Coetzee works five days a week, with her shifts varying between 12 hours and 5 hours a day. She provides assistance and treatment to patients in the general ward of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital where she enjoys the positive working environment and camaraderie shared by all the staff. This supportive atmosphere is essential to patient care, since improving a patient’s condition involves more than just medical treatment. Ms. Coetzee believe that a nurse can alleviate a patient’s suffering by “attending to them with a smile on their face.”

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Hardap commemorates the day of the African Child

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated in memory of the student uprising in Soweto, South Africa,16 June 1976. Students marched in protest of the poor quality of education but were violently attacked by the police force of the then South African apartheid regime.

For this reason, every year the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) celebrate the bravery and rights of African children while paying homage to those killed in the 1976 massacre. The theme for the 2017 DAC was “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity”. The child-friendly version is “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030. ″

In order to commemorate the day, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Windhoek visited Ruimte Primary School on 16 June in Rehoboth, and delivered a presentation introducing both learners and teachers to the fundamental concepts related to the DAC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The interactive presentation was focused on the following themes: the Soweto uprising, an overview on the AU, key elements of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the 2017 theme for the DAC, the UN Structure and the link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Rights of African children.

An emphasis was placed on the core principles of the 2017 DAC theme, specifically accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity. Furthermore, particular attention was given to the eight crucial SDGs with clear linkages to the Charter. Namely, SDGs 1 (end poverty), 2 (eradicate hunger), 3 (promote health), 4 (secure education), 5 (effect gender equality), 6 (access to water and sanitation), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) & 17 (partnerships for the goals).

The event was made special by the incredible participation of the learners, who were never shy to speak into the microphone, provided constant energy, as well as thought-provoking responses to questions posed by the UNIC team. The school provided a rich cultural atmosphere with student poetry focused on the spirit of being a proud African child and a play emphasizing the need for humility and generosity amongst Africans. A celebration of this nature, however, would not have been complete without proud Africans taking to the stage and dancing to the beat. A combination of young learners performing the “langarm,” a cultural dance in Rehoboth, and an open floor with teachers and learners showing off their moves, really epitomized the joyous spirit of the celebration.

 

 

#WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb

Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.

For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?

Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.

I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.

In July 2007, I met my future husband, Harold Mouton, at a typical South African braai. In August 2009 I immigrated to Windhoek, Namibia, and started working in private practice. Harold and I were later married on the 18th December 2009.

My passion in health care in private practice here in Namibia has always been women and child health. Being a woman and general practitioner with interest in obstetrics, I’ve had the privilege to share in the joyous occasions of child bearing with many patients. To date I have delivered in excess of 500 babies. These moments are the career achievements I am most proud of. Every life that I’ve helped bring into this world is an amazing blessing from God. I am forever humbled by the majesty and power of God and His creation with every baby delivered! Continue reading

6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2017 Conference awards best students

After two-days of insightful debating and critical thinking, the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School conference came to a close yesterday at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

The first day, the General Assembly, consisting of learners from across Namibia portraying delegates of various countries, discussed the topic, “Harnessing the green economy to eradicate poverty.” Four well-research resolutions were tabled and debated, however the Assembly could not reach a consensus and did not pass a resolution. On the second day, the delegates discussed, “Improving coordination in humanitarian response to natural disasters and other emergencies.” After four resolutions were tabled, the assembly passed one resolution.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, MTN Business Namibia’s Managing Director Mr. Elia Tsouros briefed the delegates on MTN Business Namibia’s footprint globally and undertook an engaging question and answer session where the confident delegates did not hesitate to raise questions. The delegates from Liberia thanked Mr.Tsouros and his team for their contribution to the success of the conference and for investing in the Namibian youth.

MTN Business Namibia has been MUNNAM’s long standing sponsor. This year, the ICT company gave out NAD 9,000 to the top performing delegates and schools represented at the conference.

The “Best School Award” went to Windhoek High School, who won the MTN Business Namibia’s “Best School, floating trophy” and NAD 3,000. The Windhoek High School delegates included, Michael Petrus, representing Germany, Christiaan Prinsloo, representing Spain, Tulipomwene Kalunduka, representing USA, Ainley Amunyela, representing the French Republic and Uzuvira Kandjavera, representing Russia.

 

 

 

The “Best Delegate Award”, as voted for by the participants, was awarded to Jules Van De Port from St. Paul’s College, representing South Africa at the conference. The “Best Delegate” received a trophy and NAD 1,500 from MTN Business Namibia. This was his consecutive win, as he was also voted Best Delegate by the assembly delegates during the 2016 conference.

The “Best Speaker Award”, along with NAD 1,500 was awarded to Thelma Mackinza, representing the Republic of Azerbaijan, from Delta Secondary School. The “Best Delegation Award” along with NAD 3,000 went to Rory Parker from Windhoek Gymnasium and Amalia Aihuki from Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School.

All delegates received certificates from UNIC Windhoek’s Anthea Basson who expressed her thanks to delegates and teachers for their commitment to the programme. She especially highlighted the continued participation and support of schools from Erongo and Otjikoto regions, namely Coastal High School and Otjikoto Senior Secondary School.

The MUNNAM High School conference was a great success, and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience. UNIC Windhoek in partnership with MTN Business Namibia would like to thank the following schools and teachers for their participation:

Academia Secondary School, Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School, Delta Secondary School, DHPS, Hochland High School, Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School, Jan Mohr Secondary School, Otjikoto Senior Secondary School (Tsumeb), St. Paul’s College, Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, Jakob Marengo Secondary School, Windhoek High School, Coastal High (Walvis Bay), Rocky Crest High School and Eldorado Secondary School.

*Model United Nations is a simulation of UN bodies by high school students. The role play ambassadors and represent UN member states, discussing internationally relevant topics. Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) simulates the General Assembly, and hosts an annual conference in Windhoek annually since 2012. It is an extra-curricular activity

Harnessing the youth’s voice for sustainable development at the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and MTN Business Namibia, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), are hosting the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference from 7-8 June 2017 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

Seventy-five learners from the Khomas, Erongo and Otjikoto regions will represent various countries as delegates throughout the two-day conference, which was officially launched after an opening ceremony on 7 June.

In line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this year’s MUNNAM High School Conference topics will focus on, “Harnessing the Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty” and “Improving Coordination in Humanitarian Reponses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies.” Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek will be hosting the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference 7-8 June 2017.  With a few days to go, we have started an official countdown across all our social media platforms as we anticipate a conference where young people will showcase their diplomatic skills and come up with workable solutions!

So let the count down begin!! 10 Days to go…

 

 

UN Namibia staff pledge to #SlowDown

​In an effort to promote road safety, the UN Communications Group set up in the foyer of the UN House to promote the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week to UN Staff on 17 May 2017. The previous week, the UN System joined stakeholders from the private and public sector to advocate on the importance of slowing down, a campaign targeted toward the general public. UNIC Staff asked staff to stop and pledge as they entered the building.

UN drivers, staff and UNCT members were asked to pledge their support by signing the campaign poster and taking a photograph. Staff furthermore cemented their personal commitment to road safety in Namibia by inviting colleagues to join them.

Road accidents remain a major concern despite a relatively good road infrastructure. In Namibia, road accidents are one of the highest single causes of fatalities. According to the MVA Fund, Namibia has recorded a total of 731 fatalities in 2016 alone. The UN System took a stand to make the road a safer place.

#MondayMenu: 29 May – 4 June 2017

 What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 29 May – 4 June 2017.

WHO and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) will be holding a National Training Workshop on Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Swakopmund, Erongo region from 28 May – 2 June 2017.

WHO will also be joining the Regional Training Workshop on School Health in Eenhana, Ohangwena region, from 28 May – 2 June 2017.

WHO will be conducting the National Workshop for Dissemination of Findings of the 2016 National EmONC Assessment & Consultation on Development of the Integrated RMNCAH Roadmap/Strategy (2017-2021), from 29-31 May 2017 at Safari Hotel in Windhoek.

UN Namibia, along with its various partners, will be convening the first consultative meeting on the Development Partnership Dialogue in order to discuss issues related to the structure, terms of reference, membership as well as frequency of meetings for the Dialogue. The Dialogue will be held on 30 May 2017 under the theme ‘Partnering Towards Prosperity’. Continue reading

Stimulating the Youth for a Better Tomorrow: United Nations Information Centre Windhoek (UNIC) High School Practicum Programme 2017

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s two week High School Practicum Programme – HSPP came to a ceremonious end on Friday, 19 May 2017.  The HSPP, the first programme of its kind worldwide, began in 2016 and is designed for the Namibian child. It involves real life experience working in an international development environment and engaging with UN Staff mentors. The students were awarded certificates of participation which included an evaluation of their involvement in the programme.

Each day of the two-week long programme, the twenty two HSPP participants learned about the United Nations, its works and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their skills were put to the test through educational and interactive practical sessions. The programme is designed for high school students who have a keen interest in developing their understanding of the works of the United Nations and who want to enhance their potential as agents of change in Namibia.

The 2017 HSPP programme was an intensive and interactive programme which developed their skills in organizing, mobilizing and recognizing themselves as agents for social change. It engaged the students on various topics such as; amongst others, an understanding of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The participants learned about the importance of the SDG’s and practical ways in which they can apply them in their daily lives. The programme also covered ‘Technology and Education’, and enlightened the youth on the revolution of technology on our society and future generations.  The Youth Empowerment and Development session of the programme encouraged the youth to take charge of their lives and highlighted the importance of education as a necessary vehicle to guarantee the welfare of the youth through training.

Celebrating the excellence of the participants, UNIC Windhoek’s National Information Officer Ms. Anthea Basson, thanked the students for their participation and commitment to the programme, she further remarked that “the youth are a creative and dynamic force that lies at the forefront of social change. They are the leaders of tomorrow and the world we are building today. The future depends on their ability to critically evaluate previous ideas; innovate on current methods and effectively advocate for progressive and inclusive policies”.  Continue reading

We are Mobile: UNIC Windhoek Receives Vehicle from FAO

Monday, 22 May 2017 marked a historic moment for the United Nations information Centre Windhoek, as the agency received an official vehicle as part of a donation from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at a handover ceremony held at the United Nations House in Windhoek. The donation is in line with the UN Systems’ continuous efforts of delivering as one UN System in Namibia and was received by appreciative UNIC Windhoek staff members.

The vehicle donation comes at a critical time, since the Centre has not been mobile for over 5 years, relying on outsourced companies in the execution of daily operational activities as well as educational outreach initiatives aimed toward bolstering the message of the UN System in Namibia.

The donated car will aid the agency with its capability and responsiveness in meeting its mandate to promote 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 donation is in line with inter-agency collaborative efforts in promoting the work of the United Nations within Namibia.

Speaking at the event UNIC’s National information officer Ms. Anthea Basson, remarked that “The vehicle will assist the UNIC office in maximizing its ability to render support and valuable information to the greater population and amplify its ability to implement outreach projects that fulfill the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

UNIC Windhoek branded the Toyota Corolla with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as a local character called “Frieda” who teaches young and old about the SDGs. The branding intends to carry the message of the SDGs wherever UNIC Windhoek travels in execution of its duties. Continue reading