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Graduate Internship programme: Meet the interns

UNIC Windhoek through its graduate internship placement programme hosts national and international interns for a minimum period of 3 months up to 6 months. During the internship, interns are exposed to the work of the UN Namibia and work along side UNIC Windhoek staff to implement programmes and campaigns. Meet one of our talented Namibian interns currently working at the Centre, Gina Gowases.

 

Regional office visits UNIC Windhoek 9-11 April

Masimba Tafirenyika, Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria was on official visit to the UNIC Windhoek Centre in Namibia. During his visit from 9-11 April 2018 he met with the United Nations Country Team in Namibia ( representing all the agencies in Namibia), the UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Communications Group as well as stakeholders and partners of the UNIC Windhoek office.

UNIC Pretoria holds regional responsibilities to assist other UNICs in sub-Saharan Africa. With South Africa’s well developed infrastructure, large national and international media presence, relatively well resourced government departments, established academia, active civil society and an extensive diplomatic corps. Pretoria is thus a logical choice for such a regional hub. The office lends substantive support to other UNICs on thematic and logistical issues, as well as, where necessary, policy guidance and information outreach assistance. Continue reading

#WCW WednesdayCelebrateWomen: Meet Lucinda Ockhuizen

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek honours women through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign. Throughout the campaign we will meet some of the inspiring women who are making an impact in their communities and find out how they bring about change.To kick start our campaign for 2018, we meet Lucinda Ockhuizen, co-founder, Gadget Boy 3D Solution.

  1. Who is Lucinda Ockhuizen?

I am an educator and a fortuitous social entrepreneur. I am also a daughter, sister, devoted wife and a mother to a 6 year-old boy. I grew up in a small town, in an entrepreneurial household. My mother was a seamstress, and a baker, and my father owned an auto-repair shop. The knowledge and experience I gained growing up in this environment would eventually be invaluable in starting my own business.

I completed a BSc degree in Human Life Sciences, a postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology, and a postgraduate certificate in Education at Stellenbosch University. Following my studies, I first worked as a high school teacher, teaching Sciences, Mathematics, Computer studies, and Life Orientation. I am currently self-employed as an Educational Consultant/Educator, with specific interest and expertise in STEM project-based learning, as well as providing learning support for learners with learning difficulties. In 2015, I became a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Education, Research and Development at GadgetBoy 3D Solutions.

My ambition is to educate more women and children on emerging technological developments, to develop and implement solutions related to socio-cultural and environmental issues.

 Read more next week about being a Namibian woman in 3D technology…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Day of Sport for Development, 6 April 2018

Did you know? The world commemorates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April each year?

On this day, citizens of the world are encouraged to learn, innovate and promote the ways that sport can help countries, communities and individuals to live, peaceful, prosperous lives.

#MondayMenu: 11 – 17 December 2017

#MondayMenu: 11 – 17 December 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 11 – 17 December 2017.

11 December is International Mountain Day, an occasion to highlight how climate, hunger and migration are affecting highlands and to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1btA8OV

Neutrality — defined as the legal status arising from the abstention of a state from all participation in a war between other states, the maintenance of an attitude of impartiality toward the belligerents, and the recognition by the belligerents of this abstention and impartiality — is critically important for the United Nations to gain and maintain the confidence and cooperation of all in order to operate independently and effectively, especially in situations that are politically charged. For this reason, International Day of Neutrality is commemorated annually on 12 December. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2ibnIN4

A workshop to draft a National Strategy on Health in All Policies will be held from 12-14 December in Okahandja. The aim will be to draft a National Strategy on Health in All Policies with the aim of capacitating government to be able to assess different industries policies on the health of the population and to provide alternative for more health promoting policies.

Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Training Workshop will be taking place from 12 – 15 December in Windhoek, Namibia.

After Action Review (AAR or Post-Outbreak Review) for the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) Outbreak that was reported in Omaheke and Omusati regions earlier this year.  The aim of this workshop will be to identify best practices and challenges encountered during the response to the CCHF outbreak and to identify/evaluate prevention, preparedness, and coordination and risk coordination mechanisms in responding to future CCHF and related public health threats. The AAR will be taking place from 12-17 December 2017, C’est Si Bon Hotel in Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa region.

UN Namibia Town Hall on “Greening the Blue”

On Thursday, 27th July 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) hosted the “Greening the Blue” Staff Town Hall to discuss the latest movement in the journey towards making the United Nations House a more environmentally sustainable place. Following former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s 2007 call upon all UN agencies to “go green”, the solar panel launch on the 26th of July at the UN House was a big step towards the Greening the Blue initiative (GtB).

The “Greening the Blue” initiative is part of the UN’s global drive to fulfil its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the foundation of the 2030 Agenda. Within the SDGs, Goal 7, “Affordable and Clean Energy“, strives to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and Goal 13, “Climate Action“, aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The GtB initiative strives to create a more mindful UN in order to address environmental sustainability in Namibia and promote the SDGs through exemplary leadership. While the GtB initiative is specifically targeted to reduce carbon footprints in the UN system, its greater aim is to help efforts to design programs and projects in line with international, regional and national aspirations to conserve the environment and limit carbon footprints. Continue reading

Windhoek High School Organize Canned Food Drive ahead of Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.

On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.

Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.

At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiatives  at international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.  Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek hosts first UNAM Model United Nations mock conference

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the first Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM Mock Conference at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 28 June 2017.

MUN is a global UN youth initiative in which students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly. Participants represent different member states of the UN and confront pressing world issues, through fierce debate, lobbying and drafting UN resolutions.

The programme is focused on enhancing debating skills, critical thinking, public speaking, research and writing skills. It also enhances the youth’s understanding of the UN Structure and contemporary debates relating to current global concerns and possible solutions. The distinguished programme runs at schools and universities across the world and, within Namibia, is spearheaded by UNIC Windhoek, since its introduction to the country in 2011.

Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “The Role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the modern world, particularly in regards to Africa.” The topic is a contentious issue that could have serious repercussions on matters pertaining to justice on the African continent.

Even though it was a mock debate, with the official conference to be held later this year, discussions and speeches were compelling from the get-go, as delegates approached the topic from a myriad of different perspectives in order to find common ground.

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 winners, along with all other participants, put forward a comprehensive and professional display, emphasizing the training and preparation they have received from MUN UNAM, in addition to the technical support they received form the UNIC team throughout the year.

UNIC Windhoek and UNAM sign Internship Letter of Agreement

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia (UNAM) signed a joint internship letter of agreement to continue making work integrated learning a reality for tertiary students.

Professor Lazarus Hangula, the Vice Chancellor of UNAM and Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, came together on 26 June 2017 at UNAM’s Department of International Relations to sign the letter. Continue reading

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 26 June –2 July 2017

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 26 June –2 July 2017.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia are signing an internship letter of agreement on Monday, 26 June 2017. In line with SDG 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’, UNIC Windhoek is partnering with tertiary institutions to empower the future leaders of tomorrow.

UNESCO will be conducting Regional Trainings of Education Officers on the use of the Kopana Community of Practise (this falls under our UNESCO/China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) Project which aims at “Capacity Development for Quality Teacher Education in Namibia”. Trainings will occur in all regions and will be done alongside NUST, NAMCOL and UNAM and from 26 June-11 Aug. Continue reading