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INCB report media intervention

DSC_0060UNIC Windhoek collaborated with the United Nations Information Service to publicise the launch of the The International Narcotics Control Board’s Annual Report for 2015. In the absence of hosting a formal report launch, UNIC engaged with the media on a one on one basis, providing press material as well as pre – briefing call information with the INCB President Mr. Sipp on Monday, 29 February 2016.

Information packages were dispatched to editors and information released to the wider media fraternity as well. The information as well as report was also uploaded to the UNIC website, UN Namibia website and social media channels. Continue reading

International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report 20125

International Narcotic Control Board Annual Report

AR_2015_E“Indispensable, adequately available and not unduly restricted” these are the words used in the international drug conventions to underline the importance of making controlled substances available for medical purposes. INCB is launching the Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs report today in Vienna. The report is a supplement to the 2015 Annual Report of the INCB and was prepared to follow up on the implementation by Governments of the Board’s recommendations contained in the 2010 Availability Report.

The present report publishes the global data on consumption of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under international control and compared them with impediments reported by 106 countries. Continue reading

New and Emerging Threats Require Renewed Fight against Sexual Violence in Conflict

By Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

An adolescent girl is kidnapped from her village in Iraq and she will be sold or given away to ISIL fighters as a sex slave.  In a detention centre in Syria a man is sexually assaulted to punish him for his political affiliations, real or imagined.  In South Sudan a woman must make the choice between feeding her family or being attacked by armed men when she tries to harvest crops.  In Bosnia, a woman passes the place where she was raped every day during the war there twenty years ago.  This is the reality for women, children and men around the world facing the threat of sexual violence in conflict.

This past year was one of tremendous progress in the fight against conflict-related sexual violence.  In June 2014 the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London brought together thousands of policy makers, researchers, civil society actors and survivors who made renewed commitments to eradicate this human rights violation.  Countries that are grappling with conflict-related sexual violence delivered on some important commitments, with the Democratic Republic of Congo appointing a Presidential Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Recruitment of Children, and Colombia ensuring that survivors of sexual violence have a prominent place at the table as they negotiate a peace agreement to end that country’s decades long civil war.

But unfortunately, last year’s successes were also met with new and terrifying challenges.  In April, the violent extremist group Boko Haram made headlines with their abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their dorm in Nigeria and their abuse of women and girls as a central belief of their doctrine.  In August 2014 the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began targeting Yezidi women in northern Iraq, capturing them by the hundreds and forcing them into sexual slavery.  The horrifying stories that began to emerge from young women who managed to escape painted a picture of unimaginable savagery and brutality, with some young women committing suicide rather than live in ISIL captivity.

These violent extremist groups are all the more frightening because of the organization and sophistication they use to subjugate and abuse women in areas under their control.  They exploit them as prizes to reward fighters and then publicize these crimes on social media to attract new recruits.  Their use of twenty first century technology amplifies their voices and helps to spread their medieval messaging to a global audience.

This year’s United Nations report on sexual violence in conflict documents horrendous crimes like this happening in conflicts around the world. It chronicles the disturbing trend of sexual violence against adolescent girls, including rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage. It records the use of sexual violence to persecute ethnic and religious minorities and the targeting of people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. It describes the heightened vulnerability of displaced and refugee populations to sexual abuse. It details the stigma and shame that keep women, men and children from coming forward when they have been attacked and outlines the lack of services and support available for the survivors who find the strength to speak out about what was done to them. The report lists 45 armed groups credibly suspected of committing these crimes, including state forces, opposition groups and violent extremist groups.

The report details the gruesome brutality that we face in the fight to end rape used as a weapon of war, but it also serves as a roadmap for solutions. By stressing the importance of building the capacity of civilian and military justice systems, the report underscores the necessary broader efforts required to strengthen institutional safeguards against impunity. For example, in the past year military and police officers, a number of them high-ranking, in countries covered by the report have been indicted, prosecuted, and convicted on charges of conflict-related sexual violence.

The report also highlights the need for sexual violence to be an element included in ceasefire and peace negotiations, and for perpetrators to be excluded from amnesty. It calls for more women peacekeepers to be deployed to conflict settings and increased participation of women in all peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes. Solutions include ensuring that the urgent need for increased medical, psychosocial, legal and economic services and support for survivors is met to help them rebuild their lives.  National and regional early warning systems that sound the alarm against escalating sexual violence should be adopted to help prevent these atrocities before they occur.

The past year has shown that with political will and sustained action we can turn the tide against sexual violence in conflict. Despite this progress, the international community must renew its commitment and apply increased pressure so as not to lose the ground we have gained and to meet the demands of new and emerging threats.

Perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict are ruthless adversaries whose crimes can take many forms and require a comprehensive response. We must redouble our efforts to end impunity for perpetrators, to secure justice and reparations for victims and to strengthen the rule of law until innocent people are no longer menaced by this threat.

The challenges are great, but the lives of thousands of people around the world and the future peace and security of our global community are at stake.  Losing this fight is not an option.

Fact Sheet Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Annual Report 2015 FINAL

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Launch of the 2014 Human Development Report in Namibia

pull upThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Namibia through the National Planning Commission (NPC) launched the Human Development Report 2014 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

Following successful launches of the report held across the globe, the report was officially launched in Namibia by Hon. Tom Alweendo, Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC).

The 2014 HDR, entitled “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,” edifies that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa need to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crisis from setting back recent development advances. Continue reading

Launch of Education for All Global Monitoring Report and the “Quality Teachers for EFA” project in Namibia

From left to right:  Dr Charmaine B. Villet, Dean, Faculty of Education, UNAM, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education ( Member of CFIT team), Dr Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Hon. Dr David Namwandi, Minister of Education, Mr Li Yigang, Deputy Chief of Mission, People's Republic of China  , Dr Matengu ( UNAM)

From left to right: Dr Charmaine B. Villet, Dean, Faculty of Education, UNAM, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education ( Member of CFIT team), Dr Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Hon. Dr David Namwandi, Minister of Education, Mr Li Yigang, Deputy Chief of Mission, People’s Republic of China , Dr Matengu ( UNAM)

On Monday the 24th of February 2014, the official launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 took place. Dr. Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education provided a comprehensive overview of the report. “This year’s Report, under the title Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, warns that without attracting and adequately training enough teachers the learning crisis will last for several generations and hit the disadvantaged the hardest,” Dr Qian TANG highlighted.  In addition, the “Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality gap in Sub Saharan Africa” was also launched under the Funds in Trust agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Hon. Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi

Hon. Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi & Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek Ms Emma Theophilus

The Report launch was honoured with the presence of the Honourable Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi, who invited one of the speakers the Junior Mayor of Windhoek, Ms Emma Theophilus to the stage following her insight on the report.  He noted that the education system in Namibia must be doing something right as it has produced an excellent learner such as Ms Theophilus.  He noted that the Namibian Government is the only Government in the World that spends close to twenty five percent of its national budget on education, emphasising the commitment of the government to Education.

A panel discussion was held whereby panellists responded to the motion of the global learning crisis and the role of policy in this crisis. The panel consisted of the Secretary General’s of the teachers union in Namibia, namely NANTU, the President of TUN, the Director of NIED as well as the Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek, a learner from Khomas High School in Windhoek.

Other speakers who spoke during the official programme  included the  Dean of Faculty of Education from the University of Namibia, Dr Charmaine Villet, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education as well as the Deputy Chief of Mission, People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Yigang.

UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education,  Dr Qian Tang.

UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education, Dr Qian Tang.

 

 

Report launch of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people in Namibia

Prof. James AnayaOn 20-28 September 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, Prof. James Anaya, visited Namibia to conduct a study and national consultative process.

His mission was to examine the situation of indigenous peoples of Namibia in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights for Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). UNDRIP was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007 with the affirmative vote of Namibia. Anaya’s visit was at the request of the Republic of Namibia and was facilitated by national organisations and the Indigenous Peoples of AfricaCoordinatingCommittee (IPACC).

Stakeholders present included the Ombudsman, diplomatic community, NGOs and media

Stakeholders present included the Ombudsman, diplomatic community, NGOs and media

The United Nations Information Centre Windhoek coordinated the launch and invited the media. The Special Rapporteur Prof. James Anaya presented his findings to the media and stakeholders including the Ombudsman Mr John Walters, representatives from Indigenous Communities, the diplomatic community and other key stakeholders from the Legal Assistance Centre etc.

Prof. Anaya expressed his findings via video conference and copies of his report was availed to the media and key stakeholders.The report contains recommendations regarding the human rights of indigenous peoples of Namibia, including the right to maintain their distinctive identities and cultures, secure right to land and resources and recognition of their sophisticated traditional knowledge.

Anaya noted that Namibia has made some commendable efforts through its Constitution and legislation to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are respected and protected. “Especially in recent years, the government has entered some innovative arrangements with San tribes through which they have been able to increase their control over management of land areas”, as stated in the report. Mr. Joram Useb, Southern Africa Programme Officer of IPACC,  further emphasized in his welcoming speech that he believed that the recommendations mentioned in the report would be taken seriously by all stakeholders during the implementation process to the upholding of the rights of the indigenous people.

In 2013, during the National Human Rights Action Plan Consultative Conference in Windhoek the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Theo-Ben Gurirab, said that “Namibia’s recent election as member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is a manifestation of how far the country has come as a nation from the past of colonialism, racism, apartheid, social injustice and gender inequality and economic exploitation. This election should however not make us complacent but should rather encourage the continuation of our best efforts to become a shining example in Africa, if not the world,” he said.

reportThe report launch was well attended and was concluded with a question and answer session with Prof. Anaya. The report is available online at : http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/country-reports/the-situation-of-indigenous-peoples-in-namibia