International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is commemorated each year on 6 February. This year, it is being commemorated under the theme “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/1kdPUat
Today is the first day of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat in Swakopmund. The objectives of the retreat include to: review of progress achieved in 2016, plan for 2017 and beyond; examine the functionality of ‘Delivering as One’ approach and mechanisms; provide an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen collaboration; strategise around existing and new strategic areas of joint UN support to Government, especially under NDP5; and continue to build consensus among members of the Namibia UN Country Team members. The Retreat will finish on Thursday, 9 February.
As part of the retreat, the UNCT Members and Retreat participants will be visiting Immanuel Ruiters Primary School in Walvis Bay. This school is benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, an initiative that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with the technical support of the World Food Programme (WFP).
School feeding positively contributes to learners’ performance as well as increases class participation and attendance in school. Currently, the School Feeding Programme supports 330,000 learners in all fourteen regions of Namibia.
Safer Internet Day, 7 February, aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and calls on all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Also on Tuesday, 7 February, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will commemorate the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust through an exhibition and educational programme. History students from Jan Mohr Secondary School will be visiting the UN House to learn about the Holocaust and the importance of preventing such a tragedy from happening again.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/20w4twe
The 2017 #MondayMenu information campaign artwork went through an image makeover for the New year! By incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals branding we bring into focus the 17 Goals which Namibia and member states around the world committed to work toward! The new layout is colourful and clean and will be used to communicate the UN System in Namibia’s weekly calendar.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, PEPFAR and USAID is convening a meeting on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls and young women. The “Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation on HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women” aims to elaborate approaches and strategies for how best to reach adolescent girls and young women with HIV prevention in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
More than 100 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the meeting. Participants will be a mix of technical experts, advocates, major donors, government officials and representatives of civil society organizations. The meeting will take place at Safari Hotel, Windhoek from 1-3 February 2017.
The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. Learn more about this event: http://bit.ly/2j9xFIM
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. For this reason, UNIC Windhoek will be hosting a photography workshop for its staff on 2 February. The idea behind the workshop is to equip UNIC’s team members with the skills to take dynamic photos that tell stories and can be used to communicate the work of the United Nations.
World Cancer Day is commemorated each year on 4 February. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Learn more about this UN International Observance: http://bit.ly/1RwhII2
Did you know that 2017 is the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development? This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers
The Government of the Republic of Namibia together with the UN System held a forum, the Development Partnership Forum, today with its cooperating development partners.
Today is World Soil Day! It is being commemorated under the theme, “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”. The positive contributions of pulses to soil properties are many: they fix the atmosphere nitrogen and improve its biodiversity, fertility and structure. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1Q69aqt
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is also held each year on 5 December and is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work. Learn more: http://bit.ly/INyhyy
The Benguela Current Commission (BCC) 5th Ministerial Conference will be in Swakopmund on the 8th December 2016. The BCC’s mission is, “To foster cooperation between the Republic of Angola, Republic of Namibia and Republic of South Africa and work towards an integrated, science-based and regional approach for the conservation, protection and sustainable use and management of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME).” Learn more: http://bit.ly/2gYtZJk Continue reading
The Namibia National AIDS Conference 2016, run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and development partners, kick started today, 28 November in Swakopmund. The Conference is being held under the theme, “Together we are ending AIDS”. Learn more about the conference: http://bit.ly/2gOa0xf
WHO Namibia/AFRO upon invitation of the MoHSS will host a team of external evaluators to determine Namibia’s readiness to prevent, detect, respond and manage major disease outbreaks from 28-2 December 2016, at Windhoek Country Club, Resorts and Casinos. Approximately 11 external evaluators from multiple disciplines will form part of the team. They are from the Academia; US Center for Diseases Control, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization representing Finland, United States of America, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Monrovia, South Africa, Italy, Peru, and Ethiopia.
The Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary, multi-sectoral process to assess country capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health risks whether occurring naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events. Collectively, these capacities are known as “health security.”
UNESCO will be training education directors from all regions at its Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Media Information Literacy (MIL) from 29 November to 2 December.
In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016 (1 December), the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. Read more: http://bit.ly/1vXglYr
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world.
The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. Read more: http://bit.ly/1tBHBFW
What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out what’s on the #MondayMenu for 21-27 November 2016.
In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day in 1996. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2f8zmR7
UNAIDS is launching a new report entitled Get on the Fast-Track: The life-cycle approach to HIV. The report will be launched at an event in Windhoek, Namibia on 21 November with the President of Namibia H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob and the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé. Read more about the launch via UNAIDS: http://bit.ly/2f8D3WM
On 25 November, UNDP will launch the African Human Development Report (AfHDR) together Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW).
Also on 25 November, MGECW will launch the 16 Days of Activism campaign, at which the Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Ms. Kiki Gbeho will deliver the Secretary General’s remarks. The 16 Days of Activism starts on 25 October, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. http://bit.ly/109KHJ1
Check out what’s on UN Namibia’s #MondayMenu for the week of 7-11 November!
In an effort to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, the UN System in Namibia ran an empowerment programme called ‘Prosperous Paths: Leading in Vocation’. After 13 outreaches, the programme surpassed its target of educating 5000 girls on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
As a continuation of the programme, the UN System in Namibia is facilitating ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ which aims to equip girls with the necessary skills and information in order to further empower other girls in the community. This programme will take place from 7-11 November.
The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.
This conference will give, “United Nations Member States and the world the opportunity to maintain momentum on climate action and continue strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change.” Read more via UN News Centre: http://bit.ly/2ftv1ME
The International Week of Science and Peace is being commemorated from 9-15 November and will encourage greater academic exchanges on a subject of universal importance while also generating greater awareness of the relationship of science and peace among the general public. Learn more about this observance: http://bit.ly/1XM78wW
World Science Day for Peace and Development falls during the annual observance of International Week of Science and Peace on 10 November. The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. Read more: http://bit.ly/1xgjkIq
Did you know that 2015-2024 is the International Decade for People of African Descent? The decade is being commemorated under the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”: http://bit.ly/1xASltz
Check out what’s on UN Namibia’s #MondayMenu!
The World Health Organization Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) with technical support of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) are hosting the Training of Trainers II (31 October to 01 November) and courses in Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) II (2-5 November) at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek.
2 November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Did you know that over the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public? On top of this, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. Learn more about the importance of why we must #endimpunity: http://bit.ly/1ud1eKj
On Friday, 4 November, UNFPA Namibia will launch the UNFPA State of the World #Population Report. “We must use all of the tools at our disposal, from dialogue and mediation to preventive diplomacy, to keep the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources from fueling and financing armed conflict and destabilizing the fragile foundations of peace.” -Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the #Environment in War and Armed Conflict, commemorated each year on 6 November. http://bit.ly/1gSgQgc
Last week, the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) launched the #MondayMenu, a weekly calendar that lists the events and projects UN Namibia will be involved in as well as sheds light on International Observances.
The intriguing #MondayMenu graphics showcase what is happening at UN Namibia with the intention of raising awareness of the work of the United Nations. It also aims to inform the public, stakeholders and the media about events in order to promote increased attendance and participation. Continue reading