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We are Mobile: UNIC Windhoek receives vehicle from FAO

 Windhoek, 22 May 2017:  In the spirit of ‘Delivering as One’ as the UN System in Namibia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Namibia donated a Toyota Corolla to the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The vehicle was received by UNIC Windhoek staff on Monday, 22 May 2017 at a handover ceremony held at the United Nations House in Windhoek.

The vehicle donation comes at a critical time, since UNIC Windhoek has not been mobile for over five 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 Windhoek’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 (SDGs) 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.

FAO Representative to Namibia Dr. Babagana Ahmadu said, “It is essential for UNIC Windhoek to have a vehicle in an effort to achieve the goal of Delivering as One.” Ahmadu continued, emphasizing that UNIC Windhoek remains the primary source of information for the UN System in Namibia and can now reach remote areas in the country.

The FAO is the lead UN agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. Their objective in Namibia is to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, and to make

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Ms. Welda Mouton, Public Information

UNIC Windhoek
Telephone: +264 61 204 6346
Email: welda.mouton@unic.org / mouton@un.org

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

Monday, 22 May 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”.

During the emotionally charged award ceremony the students reflected on the lessons learned throughout the rigorous two weeks and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the programme stating that “we will carry the lessons we learned here in our hearts”.

Ms. Basson also encouraged the participants to identify an area where they can significantly contribute and take action. She urged the students to continue learning and engage in activities that will better their understandings of the SDG’s and the UN system.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek, would like to thank all the stakeholders who participated in making the HSPP an engaging and memorable experience for the students, namely Paratus Telecom, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) – Cooperative Education Unit, National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC), Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (The Food Bank) and the National Library of Namibia.

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Telephone: +26461 2046408

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UNIC Windhoek officially launches Model United Nations UNAM

Windhoek, 5 March 2017: Today the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) launched the Model United Nations programme at tertiary level. UNAM’s Model UN Society Executive Team and group members gathered at the UN House in Windhoek dressed in their diplomatic attire to signal the official start of the programme.

UNIC Windhoek will provide ongoing technical support to the UNAM Model UN Society and ensure that the Model UN programme at tertiary level will remain on par with its worldwide counterparts. UNIC Windhoek handed over an official banner and a gavel to the society at the launch event to kick-start the programme.

Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM), is an extra-curricular educational activity in which students typically simulate different organs of the UN such as the General Assembly. The delegates tackle pressing world issues, debate, lobby and craft UN resolutions. This prestigious programme runs at schools and universities across the world and is spearheaded by UNIC Windhoek in Namibia, since 2011. Since inception of the programme at high school level, there has been a great demand for students to continue at tertiary level, which is one of the reasons why UNIC Windhoek is pleased to support the UNAM Society.

The MUN programme is instrumental in developing students’ debating, public speaking, critical thinking and writing skills. The programme has been very successful to date, delivering leaders and well versed young people ready to amplify their voices on issues affecting young people across the world.

Speaking at the official launch, UNIC Windhoek’s Head of Office, Anthea Basson noted that, “Model UN is one of our flagship youth engagement programmes and has created an important platform for young people in Namibia to find a voice and amplify their voices about matters that concern the future.”

The Executive Branch of the UNAM Model UN Society comprises of: Helena Kandjumbwa-President, Victoria Absalom- Vice President, Geanethe Haikali- Secretary, Marketing Coordinator-Donald Khariseb, Victor Shivolo- Treasurer and lastly Keanu Baily as the First Year Representative. The Executive Branch is the group of leaders that students in the society will have to look up to for guidance.

Closing the session the President of the Society, Helena Kandjumbwa said that, “Model United Nations UNAM will be operating under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre Windhoek, as an umbrella body from under which we will draw guidance, assistance and advice.”

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Ms. Welda Mouton, Public Information

UNIC Windhoek
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More can and needs to be done to fight old age poverty – UN expert urges Namibia

WINDHOEK / GENEVA (13 March 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, today commended the Namibian Government for its political determination and vision on how to improve the lives of all Namibians by 2030 and to protect their human rights”, and “urged the Government to deliver on its promises.”

I call on the Government to deploy every effort possible to finalize and put into motion the comprehensive national policy on the rights, care and protection of older people. A dedicated policy on older persons is key to ensuring improved protection of their rights,” the UN Expert said.

She also emphasized that “any policy on older persons has to adopt a human rights-based approach,” and added that the United Nations principles on older persons alongside the core human rights instruments should guide the Government’s efforts in this regard.”

Ageing in Namibia is just beginning to take shape,” the UN Expert noted. While the proportion of older persons has remained somehow constant at around 7 per cent since independence, the projected growth rate of the older population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to be faster than that experienced by any other region since 1950. “The challenges associated with an ageing society are not a distant phenomenon,” the UN expert emphasized. “It will result in immense pressure on the care system as a growing number of older persons will be living with chronic diseases and disability.”

Low population density and accelerated levels of urbanization have the potential to erode the traditional family care system. Further investment by the Government in health and care infrastructure is required to provide alternatives to the older persons in rural areas.”

Care can no longer be considered simply a family matter and I call on the Government to step up its effort to revise the Aged Persons Act in order to fully provide for the rights, protection, care and welfare of older people.”

Namibia has come a long way since it gained independence only 27 years ago. It has since enjoyed political stability and steady economic growth and is ranked as an upper middle-income country,” the Independent Expert said. “We owe recognition to these Namibian achievements,” she outlined.

Despite all the efforts, Namibia continues to be among the most unequal countries in the world. “While I acknowledge that poverty levels have been brought down significantly since independence, they remain high for certain parts of the population and certain regions of the country,” the Independent Expert said.

I am also fully aware that some of the inequalities that persist are the legacy of colonial rule and that attitudes do not change overnight,” she added.This does not mean that the existing disparities in income and land distribution are acceptable, and I have to insist that more can and needs to be done to fight old age poverty.

The launching of the Action Plan towards Prosperity for All, the so-called Harambee Prosperity Plan 2016/17 – 2019/20, has a great potential to foster enjoyment by older persons of their rights as it specifically refers to the social protection for older persons and addresses key areas such as hunger, poverty, and housing.”

While the establishment and expansion of an extensive system of social grants is a significant achievement and example to follow, the universal non-contributory old age grant in many households constitutes the only income as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I acknowledge the huge positive impact of the old age grant to reducing poverty levels, while it is important to ensure that earmarked assistance reaches its intended beneficiaries.”

There are serious concerns about violence against, abuse and maltreatment of older persons and in particular older women in Namibia and there is too little discussion about it”. It is estimated that around 4 to 6 per cent of older persons have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Poverty, inequality, substance abuse are contributing factors, but also entrenched attitudes including about corporal punishment. “The government has an obligation to tackle this as a matter of priority.”

“I would like to assure you that I heard your call for technical cooperation and capacity building. The international community has indeed an important role to play in complementing and supporting your efforts to address the challenges of an ageing society and in particular in the fight of old age poverty. I will do my utmost to encourage the international community to continue its cooperation with Namibia, including through financial and specific technical support. ”

During her ten-day visit, Ms. Kornfeld-Matte visited Windhoek, Katutura, Okahandja, as well as Rundu, Silikunga, Zone and Mpungu in the Kavango Regions and met with various Government authorities, non-governmental organizations, the academia and others working on the rights of older persons, as well as older persons themselves and their representative organizations.

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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Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte (Chile) was appointed by Human Rights Council as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons in May 2014. Ms. Kornfeld-Matte served as the National Director of the Chilean National Service of Ageing where she designed and implemented the National Policy of Ageing. She has a long career as an academic and is the founder of the programme for older persons at the Pontificia Unversidad Católica de Chile. Learn more.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

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Bryan Wilson, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 9179826/ mediaconsultant1@ohchr.org)

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International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 November


Joint call by UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women and all other global and regional mechanisms to end femicide and gender-based violence

GENEVA (22 November 2016) – Speaking ahead of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Inter- American Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, the United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará  Convention (MESECVI) and the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO), * as key global and regional women’s rights expert mechanisms, jointly call for intensification of international, regional and national efforts  for prevention of femicides and gender based violence.

Violence against women is rooted in inequalities and discrimination against women and its prevention and eradication must be grounded in gender equality and empowerment of women.

Violence against women, as a form of discrimination against women and a human rights violation is prohibited both by the global human rights instruments – such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women – and by the regional treaties, such as the Belém do Pará  Convention, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of women in Africa (Maputo protocol), and the Istanbul Convention.

Monitoring work at both global and regional levels has shown that:

· Femicides or gender related killings of women, and sexual and other forms of gender based violence against women and girls are widespread and persistent human rights violations.

· There is widespread impunity due to the lack of implementation of the global and regional instruments on women’s rights and violence against women and the failure to turn these into real protection of every woman and girl.

· There are significant gaps and shortcomings in national legislation and prevention systems often combined with  tolerance of such violence, exacerbated by a lack of reliable and disaggregated data, the absence of adequate risk assessments, and concealment and underreporting of gender-related killings, rapes and other forms of gender based violence against women.

All States must, as a matter of urgency and in collaboration with civil society and other stakeholders, step up their efforts to prevent and eradicate femicides, rapes and other forms of gender based violence against women and girls.

All stakeholders are urged to guarantee each and every woman and girl a life free from violence by applying holistic integrated policies on:

· PREVENTION:  fully endorsing, incorporating and implementing global and regional treaties on women’s rights and violence against women (CEDAW and its Optional Protocol, the Belém do Pará Convention, the Maputo Protocol and the Istanbul Convention);

· PROTECTION: providing shelters and safe places, crisis centers, protection orders and services for women and their children survivors of violence  and integrating gender perspective in the work of legal professionals and law enforcements officials dealing with violence against women;

· PROSECUTION, including sanctions of perpetrators and providing redress and reparations for the victims and their families.

The experts also welcome the call of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, to establish a “Gender-Related Killing of Women (Femicide) Watch” and to publish every year on the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) the number of femicides or gender-related killing of women, disaggregated by age and sex of the perpetrators, the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim(s), as well as information on the perpetrators’ prosecution and punishment.

Establishing a “Femicide watch” to collect, analyse and review data at the national, regional and global level will place a much needed emphasis on prevention. Each femicide should be carefully examined to identify any failure of protection, with a view to improving and further developing preventive measures. In addition, a “Femicide watch” by its mere existence would increase awareness about femicides and other forms of gender-based violence against women and galvanise actions for its prevention. States should increase their efforts to use all available global and regional women’s human rights instruments and experts’ mechanisms to put in place effective systems to prevent and end femicide and gender-based violence against women and girls.**

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(*) The group of United Nations and regional women’s human rights mechanisms:

Ms. Dubravka Šimonoviæ, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/SRWomen/Pages/SRWomenIndex.aspx  

Ms. Lucy Asuagbor, Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
http://www.achpr.org/mechanisms/rights-of-women/

Ms. Margarette May Macaulay, Commissioner and Rapporteur on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission:  
http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/women/default.asp

UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/WGWomen/Pages/WGWomenIndex.aspx

UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO):
http://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/grevio

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI):
http://www.oas.org/en/mesecvi/about.asp

(**) Report of the Special rapporteur to the General Assembly of the United Nations on the modalities of establishing femicide watch (A/71/398)

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For the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Ms. María Isabel Rivero (+1 202 370 9001 /mrivero@oas.org)

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Windhoek International School to attend the Johannesburg Model United Nations XIV Conference

Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

dsc_0225Windhoek, 4 October 2016: Seven Windhoek International School (WIS) Model United Nations (MUN) Club members will participate as delegates at the innovative Johannesburg Model United Nations (JoMUN) XIV Conference from 6 to 9 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Model United Nations, is an extramural activity in which students role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The simulation takes place at a Model UN Conference and the delegates mimic the actual decision making process, having the same leadership structure and following the same rules and procedures.

Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia and focal point of the MUN programme in Namibia MUNNAM, says, “In this era of globalisation, being globally aware is more important than ever. The MUN programme helps develop leadership skills, equipping students with the tools to research and work in teams as well as practical skills students will need throughout their careers”.

Similarly, one of the guiding principles of the JoMUN conference is for participants, “to develop a deeper understanding of problems facing Africa whilst also developing a deeper understanding, respect, and tolerance for the differences of this vast continent”.

Therefore, at the JoMUN Conference, delegates will be broken up into different committees where they will discuss and debate issues specific to the countries of Africa which have been a recent focus of the United Nations.

Hazim Ashraf Hishamuddin who will represent the Kingdom of Sweden said that he is simultaneously excited and nervous as this will be his first MUN Conference. Some of the topics Hazim will be debating in the Environmental Commission include: strategies

to ensure the implementation and use of renewable energy; measures to combat soil degradation and its effects in Africa; and measures to resolve the water conflict in the Nile Basin.

In preparation for the JoMUN XIV Conference, the Windhoek International School (WIS) MUN Club held a ‘mock debate’ on 29 September 2016. The eager delegates discussed the topic of human trafficking, raising pertinent points, addressing rising concerns and coming up with viable solutions. Polishing up on their strategic approaches, the delegates used multiple unmoderated caucuses for lobbying and finalising draft resolutions with their alliances.

Mr. J. Iege, the Windhoek International School (WIS) MUN facilitator says, “I am confident that they will get on well at the JoMUN Conference.”

Hazim will be joined by Anna Mutali, who will represent the Commonwealth of Australia, for the Environment Commission. Alicia Reiff, representing the Republic of China, and Brittany Contreras, representing the Kingdom of Morocco, will participate in the Human Rights Committee. Uejanaua Tjihumino will participate in the General Assembly 3rd Committee as the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  Afua A Brantuo will participate in the Security Council as the Republic of Senegal. Finally, Haki Njeri Gichanga will represent the Federal Republic of Germany on the Economic and Social Committee.

The seven WIS students will be accompanied by Mrs. E. Rimmington, the supervisor of the Windhoek International School MUN Programme, who hopes that this experience will prove invaluable for the students.

For more information contact:
Ms. Anthea Basson, National Information Officer
UNIC Windhoek
Telephone: +264 61 204 6408
Email: anthea.basson@unic.orgbassona@un.org

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Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought

World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian people to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Windhoek, 19 August 2016 – World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian public to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.

Drought ImageHumanitarian and development partners estimate that over 52 million people will be food insecure in East and Southern African countries, and that this number could rise. Drought poses a growing threat to Sub-Saharan African populations due to a combination of factors, including population growth, higher exposure to hazards, increased socio-economic and environmental vulnerability in poorest countries, as well as increased frequency, intensity and duration of droughts, also exacerbated by climate change.

Namibia, a semi-arid country prone to climate variability, has seen a persistent drought for the past four years. As a result of the drought as well as poor, erratic rains and prolonged dry spells, the country is also facing a water crisis.

Drought affects one of the very basic needs for the survival of people which is food. When drought hits, its first and direct impact is on agriculture which supports the livelihoods of more than 60% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Therefore, response aid is not enough; a longer term approach is required in order to build the resilience of the most vulnerable.

World Humanitarian Day, UN Namibia SDGsThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight the diverse issues that the drought has caused in Namibia. Therefore, throughout the beginning of August, UN Namibia shared the 17 SDGs in the shape of Namibia on social media to inspire the public to work towards sustainability on a personal level. However, without the active participation of the public, these goals will not be achieved.

The SDGs, accord primacy to people, planet and prosperity, SDG 13 calls for strengthening resilience to climate change. SDG 11 and the Sendai Framework (make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) call for an inclusive and sustainable approach to disaster risk reduction. Together they focus on resource mobilization, mitigation, adaptation to climate change and resilience building.

The Government of the Republic of Namibia, with support of the UN system is implementing clear policy directives. These include mainstreaming climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and food and livelihood security, into development planning. Work is also underway to raise awareness; and a knowledge management strategy, is also in place.

Agencies such as UNDP and FAO work specifically to combat and mitigate the effects of the drought. Through the FAO Southern Africa El Niño Response Plan (ENRP), FAO works closely with Governments in the region to ensure that food insecurity is addressed and drought-resilient agriculture methods are implemented. UNDP provides technical assistance for the development of early recovery and resilience building strategies, for the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Government recovery frameworks.

All Namibians can stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia and make small changes in their daily lives to help achieve the SDGs and to #ShareHumanity. Whether that is taking a shorter shower, recycling or generating awareness of Namibia’s drought, the opportunities are endless.

For more information contact:

UNIC Windhoek
Telephone: +264 61 204 6346
Email: library.windhoek@unic.org

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“Prosperous Paths” reaches 5000 girls across Windhoek

Windhoek, 29 July 2016: Friday, 29 July 2016, was a memorable day for the UN System and 700 female learners at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in Katutura, Windhoek. After one month and 12 outreaches, the ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’ programme surpassed its target of educating 5000 girls on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

5000 girlsExactly one month before on 29 June 2016, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia launched ‘Prosperous Paths’ at Jakob Marengo Tutorial College. Not only did Ms. Gbeho share her personal story of hard work and success to over 600 female learners, she also spread the message of self-empowerment and self-determination to the enthusiastic crowd. Since then, the UN System, namely UNFPA Namibia’s Ms. Dennia Gayle and UNIC Windhoek’s Ms. Anthea Basson, have spoken to girls across the capital city about the importance of striving to achieve Goal #5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.

With each ‘Prosperous Paths’, the number of empowered young girls increased and the power of such a programme to foster change and promote women’s agency became ever more evident throughout the course of July.

EDSC_0027In celebration of this great success, the UN System in Namibia hosted a special ceremony at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School. Starting off the day, Namibian saxophonist Suzy Eises, guitarist and singer Black Velvet and singer Slickartie opened the event with a musical repertoire of latest chart toping songs, fusing jazz into the performance. The young female crowd enthusiastically sang along, applauding and cheering for an encore.

The excitement rose even further as Suzy took the audience on a journey through her personal experience as well as the challenges she faced as a female musician in Namibia. Emphasizing the importance hard work, Suzy motivated the crowd and encouraged the girls to dream big, stand up for one another and make their voices heard.

Suzy’s inspiring story and testimony was a perfect transition to the keynote address by the UNRC Ms. Kiki Gbeho, who engaged the audience in an open dialogue on gender issues in Namibia, explained the UN’s concrete action plans in combating gender injustice as well as listened to suggestions from the girls of how to tackle these inequalities in order to bring about change.

DSC_0093One core topic that was addressed was the high drop-out rate of female learners and it’s relation to teenage pregnancy and juvenile labour. The audience was alarmed as the UNRC explained that approximately 10,000 students discontinue school every year and confronted them with other statistics regarding female learners dropping-out of school. According to the statistics compiled by the Education Management Information System (EMIS), the major cause of the high dropout rates is pregnancy, which caused 2,896 girls (and involved boys) leaving school in 2011 and 2012.

Astonished by this fact, the girls openly shared their opinions on how to jointly tackle this predicament, and most importantly, the students emphasized the importance of encouraging fellow female students to continue with academics even if they fall pregnant both, for their own good and that of their child.

Among other solutions shared, one girl passionately encouraged the crowd to, “stand side by side and form a female alliance in the school”. She said, “Instead of bringing each other down. Girls should learn to value and respect one another, because together we are strong!”

EDSC_0178Ms. Gbeho strongly supported this proposition and urged the audience to start their own girls club at the school, a place where every female learner is warmly welcomed, helped and inspired by a great and unconditional appreciation.

At the end of the ‘Prosperous Paths’ outreach, Suzy, Slickartie and Black Velvet played a few more songs before a photo was taken to celebrate the achievement of educating and empowering 5,000 learners.

Moved by the learners’ passion to bring about change, the UN System in Namibia will continue its service to the girl child in Namibia by launching a follow-up campaign as part of the Prosperous Paths outreach this November. This campaign provides female youth with the opportunity to work with the UN staff in reaching out to other young learners and jointly empowering them to be confident, independent and courageous.

The UN System is optimistic that with the help of the bright and passionate girls, gender equality can and will be achieved for every Namibian woman and that all women will be able to bring about positive change along their Prosperous Paths.

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Channel 7’s Mouton to participate in RAF Memorial
Journalists Fellowship Programme

 Channel 7’s Marlise Mouton will attend the 2016 RAF Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme this month, a prestigious programme that provides broadcasters and journalists the opportunity to learn about the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in New York City. This past week, the UNRC sent her off to the programme with well wishes.

Windhoek, 2 June 2016: Marlise Mouton, who will be attending the 2016 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme this month, is the first person from the Land of the Brave to attend the Programme in 18 years.

DSC_0012Mouton is excited about her acceptance to the Programme and says, “It will be an excellent opportunity to network with other journalists from other parts of the world and to shadow UN journalists while I am there. It’s also a great opportunity to attend some of the meetings at the United Nations General Assembly and visit some leading media organisations in New York City.”

A dedicated journalist, Mouton began her broadcast career in 2005 at Channel 7 Media Network for Christ, with her main duties being news reporting and writing, mostly in Afrikaans. She received a special award for news reporting and writing from the Afrikaans Language and Cultural Association (ATKV) for her work. Today she coordinates the station’s news office, which reports most of its local and international news in Afrikaans.

The Programme Mouton will attend, which was mandated in December 1980 by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201 (paragraph III-9) and renamed in September 2003 “Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Programme” to honour Ms. Reham Al-Farra, a young UN staff member killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, is designed for young, full time journalists working in print, web-based, radio and television media from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

DSC_0008“UNIC Windhoek is excited that Marlise Mouton will take part in the Programme this year, as it will be a great opportunity for her to learn about the United Nations and use her talents to spread what she learns with the Namibian public,” says Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer to Namibia who serves as the focal point for the RAF Programme in the country.

Mouton explains her passion for journalism. “I cannot imagine a world without words, sentences, pictures and stories. I believe journalists are the little creators, created by the ultimate Creator and without us, the world would be dull. I have a great love for community and development journalism, because I believe in the power journalists have in developing and uplifting society,” Mouton says.

On Thursday, 1 September, Mouton visited the UN House in Klein Windhoek, where she met up with the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Ms. Kiki Gbeho. Congratulating Mouton for her successes, Ms. Gbeho said, “We are proud that a Namibian journalist is part of the 2016 RAF programme, and we look forward to the positive change you will spark with your talents.”

Mouton will become the fourth Namibian to participate in the Programme, following in the footsteps of Ms. Angie Kapeliania and Mr. Protasius Ndawendapo who both participated in the programme in 1990 and Mr. Leevy-Lee Abrahams who participated in 1998.

Marlise MoutonUpon completion of the four week Programme, which will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 8 September – 5 October 2016, participants are expected to continue working in journalism or broadcasting and help promote better understanding of the United Nations in their home country. Mouton hopes that she can become a correspondent for her radio station while being in New York and report directly from the UN to be able to put Channel 7 further on the map.

Planning to work very hard while participating the Programme, Mouton says, “I think that this experience will shape more self-confidence in every individual who will be part of the experience.”

Mouton and the other 2016 participants will join the 551 journalists who have taken part in the Programme in the past.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP

United Nations, Namibia, 29 January 2016. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2016 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.

In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2016 from nations selected in 2015: Brazil, India, Ghana, and Kenya. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2017. Journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries.

The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists; all participants are media professionals. Information about the Fund, including fellowship eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and the application process can be found on the Fund’s web site at www.unjournalismfellowship.org

Questions can be directed by email to fellowship2016@unjournalismfellowship.org

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Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change
195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius

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Paris, 12 December 2015 – An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions andinvestment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris today.

The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic,current and future responsibilities.The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The 1.5 degree Celsius limit is a significantly safer defense line against the worst impacts of a changing climate.Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.To reach these ambitious and important goals, appropriate financial flows will be put in place, thus making stronger action by developing countries and the most vulnerable possible, in line with their own national objectives.

“The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their headsheld high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort. Our responsibility to history is immense” said Laurent Fabius, President of the COP 21 UN Climate change conference and French Foreign Minister.The minister, his emotion showing as delegates started to rise to their feet, brought the final gavel down on the agreement to open and sustained acclamation across the plenary hall. French President Francois Hollande told the assembled delegates: “You’ve done it, reached an ambitious agreement, a binding agreement, a universal agreement. Never will I be able to express more gratitude to a conference. You can be proud to stand before your children and grandchildren.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “We have entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action. This is a resounding success for multilateralism.”

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “One planet, one chance to get it right and we did it in Paris. We have made history together. It is an agreement of conviction. It is an agreement of solidarity with the most vulnerable. It is an agreement of long-term vision, for we have to turn this agreement into an engine of safe growth.” “Successive generations will, I am sure, mark the 12 December 2015 as a date when cooperation, vision, responsibility, a shared humanity and a care for our world took centre stage,” she said.

“I would like to acknowledge the determination, diplomacy and effort that the Government of France have injected into this remarkable moment and the governments that have supported our shared ambition since COP 17 in Durban, South Africa,” she said. Agreement Captures Essential Elements to Drive Action Forward The Paris Agreement and the outcomes of the UN climate conference (COP21) cover all the crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion:

  • Mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal
  • A transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action
  • Adaptation – strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts
  • Loss and damage – strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts
  • Support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures

As well as setting a long-term direction, countries will peak their emissions as soon as possible and continue to submit national climate action plans that detail their future objectives to address climate change.

This builds on the momentum of the unprecedented effort which has so far seen 188 countries contribute climate action plans to the new agreement, which will dramatically slow the pace of global greenhouse gas emissions. The new agreement also establishes the principle that future national plans will be no less ambitious than existing ones, which means these 188 climate action plans provide a firm floor and foundation for higher ambition.

Countries will submit updated climate plans – called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – every five years, thereby steadily increasing their ambition in the long-term. Climate action will also be taken forward in the period before 2020. Countries will continue to engage in a process on mitigation opportunities and will put added focus on adaptation opportunities.

Additionally, they will work to define a clear roadmap on ratcheting up climate finance to USD 100 billion by 2020.This is further underlined by the agreement’s robust transparency and accounting system, which will provide clarity on countries’ implementation efforts, with flexibility for countries’ differing capabilities.

“The Paris Agreement also sends a powerful signal to the many thousands of cities, regions, businessesand citizens across the world already committed to climate action that their vision of a low-carbon,resilient future is now the chosen course for humanity this century,” said Ms Figueres. Agreement Strengthens Support to Developing Nations The Paris Agreement underwrites adequate support to developing nations and establishes a global goal to significantly strengthen adaptation to climate change through support and international cooperation.

The already broad and ambitious efforts of developing countries to build their own clean, climate-resilient futures will be supported by scaled-up finance from developed countries and voluntary contributions from other countries.Governments decided that they will work to define a clear roadmap on ratcheting up climate finance to USD 100 billion by 2020 while also before 2025 setting a new goal on the provision of finance from theUSD 100 billion floor.

Ms. Figueres said. “We have seen unparalleled announcements of financial support for both mitigation and adaptation from a multitude of sources both before and during the COP. Under the Paris Agreement, the provision of finance from multiple sources will clearly be taken to a new level, which is of critical importance to the most vulnerable.”

International cooperation on climate-safe technologies and building capacity in the developing world to address climate change are also significantly strengthened under the new agreement. Signing the Paris Agreement Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the COP (Conference of the Parties), it will be deposited at the UN in New York and be opened for one year for signature on 22 April 2016–Mother Earth Day.

The agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification.Cities and Provinces to Companies and Investors Aligning

Today’s landmark agreement was reached against the backdrop of a remarkable groundswell of climate action by cities and regions, business and civil society.

During the week of events under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) at the COP, the groundswell of action by these stakeholders successfully demonstrated the powerful and irreversible course of existing climate action.

Countries at COP 21 recognised the enormous importance of these initiatives, calling for the continuation and scaling up of these actions which are entered on the UN-hosted NAZCA portal as an essential part in the rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The LPAA and NAZCA have already captured climate actions and pledges covering:

  • Over 7,000 cities, including the most vulnerable to climate change, from over 100 countries with a combined population with one and a quarter billion people and around 32% of global GDP.
  • Sub-national states and regions comprising one fifth of total global land area and combined GDP of $12.5 trillion.
  • Over 5,000 companies from more than 90 countries that together represent the majority of global market capitalisation and over $38 trillion in revenue.
  • Nearly 500 investors with total assets under management of over $25 trillion

Christiana Figueres said: “The recognition of actions by businesses, investors, cities and regions is one of the key outcomes of COP 21. Together with the LPAA, the groundswell of action shows that the world is on an inevitable path toward a properly sustainable, low-carbon world.”

More Details on the Paris Agreement

  • All countries will submit adaptation communications, in which they may detail their adaptation priorities, support needs and plans. Developing countries will receive increased support for adaptation actions and the adequacy of this support will be assessed.
  • The existing Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage will be significantly strengthened.
  • The agreement includes a robust transparency framework for both action and support. The framework will provide clarity on countries’ mitigation and adaptation actions, as well as the provision of support. At the same time, it recognizes that Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States have special circumstances.
  • The agreement includes a global stocktake starting in 2023 to assess the collective progress towards the goals of the agreement. The stocktake will be done every five years.
  • The agreement includes a compliance mechanism, overseen by a committee of experts that operates in a non-punitive way.

The COP also closed on a number of technical issues.

  • Under the Kyoto Protocol, there is now a clear and transparent accounting method for carry-over credits for the second commitment period, creating a clear set of rules.
  • The first round of international assessment and review process (IAR) that was launched in 2014 was successfully completed.
  • A number of technical and implementation issues related to the existing arrangements on technology, adaptation, action for climate empowerment and capacity building were also successfully concluded.

About the UNFCCC

With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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UN launches UN70 under the theme: Youth, Development & Poverty

Windhoek, 09 October 2015: Today the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia hosted a press briefing at the UN House in Klein Windhoek, to launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme: Youth, Development & Poverty. UN Day falls on 24 October.

The UN70 launch is aimed at highlighting UN activities centered around the theme which are scheduled to take place in the run up to the official United Nations Day in Namibia on 23 October 2015. UN70 Activities include: a Soccer Match against Poverty in collaboration with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare on 17 October 2015 in Katutura. A youth round table discussion on National Television to be aired on Sunday 18 October (NBC News Journal programme) exploring youth perspectives on tackling development issues. The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Gbeho is scheduled to host unique speaking engagements with youth in the north, south and central parts of the country drawing particular attention to the SDGs and the role of the Namibian youth in the development and poverty eradication agenda.

Further activities include a live twitter session “Ask the UN” in collaboration with The Namibian Newspaper on Friday, 16 October 2015 from 10h00 – 12h00 using the hashtag #AskTheUN. This social platform will engage the Namibian public and youth in particular, to share ideas on how youth can support and contribute to poverty eradication and development in Namibia. UN Youth will speak to this theme and its relevance on various radio stations. The UN70 National Essay & Drawing competition winners will receive their prizes at UN Day on 23 October 2015 at the UNAM School of Medicine. Following the official proceedings, the day will consist of UN and NGO Exhibits, a unique art and craft exhibition, as well as live performances by local youth.

All Heads of Agencies in Namibia were in attendance. UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Kiki Gbeho highlighted that the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations is a momentous occasion in Namibia given the historic relations between the UN and Namibia, the global launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the link with H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia’s call for a ‘National war on poverty.’ She stressed the need to focus on youth as they form almost 75% of the population.

Hon.Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare attended the press briefing and commended the UN for being a steadfast partner, he said that the Ministry and Government stands ready to work with the UN on its 70th Anniversary to implement the SDGs and win the war on poverty for a peaceful and prosperous Namibia for all. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate along with Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council were also in attendance. Haingura and Kapere shared the platform with the UN Heads of Agencies. Kapere stressed the importance of implementing social schemes such as the Basic Income Grant. He also stressed the important role of youth in development.

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 Breakfast with the UN, youth engagement platform on the SDGs

Windhoek, 01 October 2015: The United Nations in Namibia hosted a ‘Breakfast with the UN’ this morning with approximately 40 learners from ten different schools in Katutura attending. The platform is the first of many opportunities to gauge the youth on their views of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ideas on how to push the development agenda in Namibia.

The event took place at the UN House in Klein Windhoek, where the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho delivered an introduction on the founding of the UN as well as the transition of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was followed by a presentation by Ms. Welda Mouton from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) focusing on SDGs, with an interactive discussion on how Namibian youth can relate and contribute to the new global goals.

The group of learners in attendance are part of P.A.Y Namibia (Physically Active Youth), a community based project that focuses on the healthy development of young people in low income communities. The group was accompanied by the Managing Director and co-founder, Marie Jean Ndimbira as well as staff and volunteers.

The insights and questions from the youth was well structured and demonstrated the interest of Namibian youth to contribute to the global conversation on the SDGs and moreover, how it can be translated into actionable goals in Namibia. There was a strong interest expressed by the youth to share their ideas with the UN on energy, hunger, poverty and sustainability of the land and sea. The youth were asked how the UN could promote the Sustainable Development Goals among young people in Namibia, to which they presented a host of innovative platforms such as meetings, school visits, social media and radio and television among others.

The hearty breakfast that followed allowed for the youth to interact with the UN staff and media. The platform was the first of many more opportunities to solicit insight and share the global goals. The key message to the youth was to take action and make the goals our own in Namibia!

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Ms. KIKI GBEHO officially assumes her duties as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia

Namibia, Windhoek – 6 August 2015 –   The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.

KikiMs. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia.

 The UN Country Team remains committed to supporting the Government of Namibia’s vision 20/30 and to deliver on the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014 -2018. The UN is also assisting the Government of Namibia to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to her role as the RC, Ms. Gbeho is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident  Representative, guiding the work of UNDP in Namibia.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Gbeho served the United Nations for over 20 years in various complex environments including in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. She also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York managing Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAs) operations in East Southern Africa.

kiki2H.E. Nandi-Ndaitwah gave Ms. Gbeho a very warm welcome and made reference to her previous humanitarian experience by requesting UN support in the areas of disaster risk management (including in strengthening the implementation of the country’s Disaster Risk Management strategy, focusing on preparedness, response and mitigation) as well as overall coordination of the UN’s response to emerging humanitarian needs. The minister also mentioned the need to prioritize poverty alleviation.

 Gbeho, is also joining the UN Family in Namibia at a time when the country is in the middle of a drought which challenges the country’s national food security amidst increasing food prices that are especially hard on the poor.  Ms. Gbeho assured the Minister that the UN is fully committed to supporting the Government in addressing the issue of poverty.

Ms. Gbeho’s career began in Swakopmund 27 years ago, when she served as an electoral officer in UNTAG. The Minister therefore told Ms. Gbeho that she was “coming home.” Ms. Gbeho marveled at the changes she’s seen in Windhoek and Swakopmund since 1989.

Ms. Gbeho expressed delight at the opportunity to serve in Namibia and she is committed to work together with the UNCT and the UN Family in support of the Government of Namibia and most importantly the people.

It is evident that the wellbeing of the Namibian people, is high on Gbeho’s agenda and she communicated a keen interest in working with the Government on behalf of all Namibians.

For more information please contact:

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UN Resident Coordinator H.E. Mr. Musinga T. Bandora announces his departure

Windhoek, 17 June 2015: Today the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative to Namibia, H.E. Mr. Musinga T. Bandora announced the end of his tenure in both these roles at the UN in Namibia. His service as Resident Coordinator comes to an end on 30 June 2015, having served the UN in Namibia since January 2012.

IMG_0236At a press conference held at the UN House in Windhoek, Mr. Musinga Bandora noted that “it has been a privilege and honour to the serve the UN in Namibia, working in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia to address pertinent issues related to the country’s national development.” Bandora’s successor, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho is scheduled to take up the reigns of her new portfolio during the second week in July 2015.

Key milestones achieved during Bandora’s tenure as Resident Coordinator in Namibia include the adoption of UNPAF (United Nations Development Partnership Framework) 2014 – 2018, a comprehensive blueprint providing the context and content of UN work in the country. Bandora was instrumental to the process wherein the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki Moon undertook an official visit to Namibia for the official inauguration of the UN House in Namibia.

His focus on building, fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships for the successful implementation of UNPAF has also facilitated the creation of platforms for regular stakeholder engagements between the diplomatic corps, development partners, the UN and the National Planning Commission, where imperative dialogue occurred to drive the development agenda forward. These discussions initiated by Bandora ensure the synchronisation and joint resource mobilisation among development partners, enhancing the impact and results and ensuring alignment with the National Development Plan 4.

Bandora’s public engagement has seen him frequently deliver public lectures, addressing topical issues such as the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Agenda. These lectures highlighted an analysis and recommendations on the post 2015 agenda and the crucial role of African countries.

As the UN commemorates its 70th Anniversary – Bandora reflects on the UN’s history in Namibia since 1990, where the UN supported the country to address poverty reduction, agriculture and food security, good governance and human rights, education, health and HIV/AIDS, environment, emergencies and refugees among others. This support continues to this day, and as he takes stock of the UN’s enduring achievements in Namibia, it is an opportunity to call upon the UN in Namibia to continue on its mission for the UN, ‘Delivering as One’ to use its expertise to champion and support interventions aimed at addressing economic and social inequalities thus contributing to prosperity, dignity, peace and full realization of human rights.

“I firmly believe that I have made a significant contribution to the strong foundation which will enable the UN in Namibia to be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms,” Bandora concluded.

 

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UNIC Windhoek launches essay competition for the International Day of Friendship

Windhoek, 15 June 2015 – United Nations Information Centre Windhoek has launched an Essay writing competition in light of the upcoming International Day of Friendship taking place on 30 July each year. The competition is targeted at primary school pupils from Grades four to seven.

The theme of the essay competition “ reach out, make a friend” will challenge participants to write a story on how to go about making a new friend or reaching out to someone with no friends, and the impact this new friendship will have. Aspiring young writers can submit their essay to the United Nations Information Centre by 24 July 2015.

The essay must be written in English and should be maximum 500 words in length, using font type Times New Roman 12. In addition the essays must be submitted electronically via email in word or doc format and should include the name, surname, date of birth, name of school, grade and an email address for further correspondence. The submission should be an original work and the top three essays will be published on the UNIC Windhoek and UN in Namibia website. The winner of the essay competition will receive a trophy and a certificate.

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is a day based on the recognition of the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world.

Through the competition the Centre will create awareness on the significance of this day and the importance of friendship in our society. Submissions can be emailed to modelunnam@gmail.com, enquiries can be directed to UNIC Windhoek Tel: 061 204 6144.

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SIGNING OF UNITED NATIONS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FRAMEWORK (UNPAF 2014-2018) ACTION PLAN

 Windhoek, 08 July 2014 – Following the launch of the United Nations Partnership Agreement Framework (UNPAF), 2014-2018 in October 2013, today will mark the signing of the UNPAF Action Plan together with its two-year rolling work plans between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the United Nations System in Namibia. The UNPAF is aligned, programmatically, to the fourth National Development Plan (NDP-4) at strategic level, with a focus on higher level results, while at the same time also addressing critical downstream issues relating directly to human development. In order to support the implementation of NDP-4, the UNPAF builds on the four pillars of Institutional Environment; Education and Skills; Health; and Reducing Extreme Poverty.

Further to the development of the four UNPAF, and in the context of “Delivering as One”, all participating UN programmes/ agencies/ funds have agreed to develop joint two-year rolling work plans for each of the 12 UNPAF Outcomes, results of which are to be achieved by the end of 2018. This approach fosters greater cooperation in planning and reviewing as well as collaboration in implementation of specific activities. It also allows partners to see the totality of UN support in each outcome area.

The National Planning Commission is coordinating most of the sectors targeted under the UNPAF. It is to this end, that the UNPAF Work Plan will also be signed by sector coordinators in Government as part of the NDP-4 implementation arrangements. The UNPAF also commits that the planning and reviewing of UN support is an integral part of the NDP-4 planning and reviewing processes.

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MS ANTHEA BASSON

HEAD/NATIONAL INFORMATION OFFICER

UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION CENTRE (UNIC) WINDHOEK

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