Participants graduated on Friday, 20 May 2016 from UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme, hosted at a local restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia.
The participants dressed up for the graduation and went with the UNIC Windhoek team to Nyama, located in the centre of Windhoek. After finding their seats at the table, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to the programme.
The graduation ceremony followed and Anthea Basson handed over the certificates to each of the participants as well as assessments about each students’ performance, skills and improvement throughout the course of the programme.
Basson noted that the first intake of students had already set the bar high for the programme, she noted with pride how much positive growth she had seen in all the students and what a remarkable transformation it has been. “I encourage you to use these and similar platforms to build on the skills and knowledge you have been exposed to over the past couple of weeks and to nurture these to become well rounded, global citizens,” she concluded. Continue reading →
As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme, one of the participants, Gabriel Hamwala, gave an engaging and educational presentation about the Sustainable Development ‘Goal #13: Climate Action.’
The Practicum Programme, aims to educate secondary students on the work of the United Nations as well as to provide the students with practical skills. Gabriel, who will be attending an Environmental Summit next week, was given an extra assignment in lieu of the final week of the programme.
Given the task of researching Goal #13 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Gabriel worked on his presentation for four days, utilizing resources in UNIC Windhoek’s library as well as putting in the extra effort and working on it at home.
On 11 May 2016,Gabriel presented on the goal to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on our world today. He first explained what the Sustainable Development Goals are, using a video to reiterate the ideas he had shared with his audience.
Following an in-depth introduction to the SDGs, Gabriel explained what climate change is, the effects of it as well as provided facts supporting his claims. He then went into the specific aims of Goal #13 and provided a holistic overview on the steps that need to be taken to comply with its objectives. Continue reading →
Earth’s climate is changing? Increasing evidence shows that human activities will make a significant contribution in combatting climate change.
On 5-6 May 2016, UNIC Windhoek’s high school practicum session helped students understand climate change, its impacts and provide solutions and prepares them to take an active role in making good choices for both society and the environment, particularly in Namibia. The scholastic session also provided a briefing on the legally binding and universal agreement on climate, the Paris Agreement.
The detailed lesson plan examined evidence of different climate change effects on the world with a general focus on Namibia. Continue reading →
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.
Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.
UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.
There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading →
Starting on April 1st, 55 facts about climate change and the Paris Agreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media pages in order to educate the broader Namibian public about climate change and the Paris Agreement.
The Campaign will run until April 22, Mother Earth Day, at which world powers will go to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Agreement into effect.
The Campaign will utilize the hashtags: #55Facts, #ClimateChange and #ParisAgreement. 55 is an educational number that represents an important part of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
As stated in UNFCC’s Adoption of the Paris Agreement Proposal by the President, “This Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.”
Each day, one fact about #ClimateChange and one fact about the #ParisAgreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media platforms. Every other day there will be an extra fact in order to fit in 55 facts by the end of the day on April 22. Dynamic videos and photos will also be included in the campaign. Continue reading →
The United Nations encourages young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy on the International Day of Happiness
18 March, New York – The United Nations today announced a campaign to encourage young people to step up their actions to address climate change and ensure a sustainable and happier future for all.
The campaign is launched in partnership with theAngry Birds – the globally renowned mobile game characters – to make a direct link between tackling climate change and people’s happiness and well-being on the occasion of the International Day ofHappiness.
“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world – and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who appointed Red of the Angry Birds as an Honorary Ambassador for Green at a launch event at UN Headquarters in New York.
“We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green. There is no better way to mark theInternational Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all,” Mr. Ban said.
The campaign, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the UN Development Programme and UN Foundation, asks the general public across the world to make theAngry Birds happy by taking actions on climate change and sharing their photos and commitments on social media platforms using the common hashtag#AngryBirdsHappyPlanet. By recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example, individuals can share tips on how they can live sustainably and happily in their everyday lives.
As part of his ambassadorial duties, Red will go on a “virtual world tour” starting on 21 March, highlighting various ways to take climate action. His tour will take him to Paris, where countries adopted an historic agreement to address climate change in December, and will end in New York, where world leaders will sign the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters on 22 April.
During the launch event, the voice actors from the upcoming Angry Bird movie, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph, and producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder gave hundreds of students gathered in the iconic UN General Assembly Hall asneak preview of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign materials, including public service announcements created to support the campaign. They also asked the young audience for their support to the campaign by doing their part to make a difference on climate change.
On Friday, 26 February 2016 UNIC Windhoek hosted a Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Outreach Programme at Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Katutura, Windhoek. With over 70 students accompanied by a team of teachers, the team was ready to create dialogue on a topic under discussion across the globe!
During the presentation, the UNIC Windhoek team displayed photos depicting climate change in Namibia. Grade 12 students pensively thought about the photos and were asked to define what climate change is and how it caused what was depicted in the photos.
The students eagerly raised their hands and many students cited the drought, which has ravaged Namibia’s landscape for the past several years, as the cause of what they were seeing in the photos.
After this interactive discussion, the UNIC Windhoek team explained what climate change is and the science behind the Green House Effect.
Through verbal explanation as well as a video depicting climate change across the globe, UNIC Windhoek explained that with the burning of fossil fuels and other human influences, there has been an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which has resulted in the Earth becoming warmer.
This has caused changes in the water cycle, weather patterns, ecosystems and global temperatures.Then, the students were asked to look at the photos again, but this time to think about the impact climate change has had on Namibia’s people and economy. The students, who have experienced climate change on a day to day basis, were eager to share how they had seen climate change impact the nation. Continue reading →
The UNIC Windhoek team created a video about what the Paris Agreement means to them.
The historic Paris Agreement, which was drafted at COP21, is an agreement between 195 nations to fight climate change that will be signed on 22 April this year. Through the agreement, nations will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change in order to move towards a sustainable future.
This video is part of an initiative run by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). People from around the globe were encouraged to share thoughts about the Paris Agreement using the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me.
“The Paris Agreement can only be successful if everyone fully supports it and helps bring it to life- from national, regional and local leaders; from investors and businesses to citizens who desire to live in a safe and prosperous world, and who want to actively shape that world” UNFCCC said in its UN Climate Change newsroom regarding the initiative. Continue reading →
Climate change is widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe. 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be gathering in Paris from 30 November to 11 December to reach a meaningful and universal agreement on climate that would put the world on a path to limit global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
Addressing and raising awareness, climate change is central to the work of the United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek. In light hereof UNIC Windhoek invited four media outlets to attend a WebEx session for journalists in Africa, hosted by Mr. Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. The session was held at UNIC offices in Windhoek. Continue reading →
A Conference on the COP 21/CMP11, The Alliance of Paris on Climate Change was held on 23 June 2015 in Windhoek under the theme: “Addressing the challenge of climate change and enabling to contain global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to adapt our societies to impacts and foster low carbon development.”
Mr. Stẻphane Gompertz, the French Ambassador on Climate Change for Africa and Indian Ocean addressed the conference in terms of “Fighting climate change: a mix of diplomacy, politics, science, innovation and finance components – at a global level including national strategies.” Continue reading →