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Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Gbeho leaves behind legacy of partnership

Anita Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator (RC) in Namibia, will take up the position of Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in Darfur, starting in May 2018. UNAMID protects civilians, facilitates the delivery of humanitarian assistance, mediates between the Government of Sudan and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), and provides support to the mediation of community conflict.

Since arriving in Namibia in August 2015, Gbeho has actively worked to strengthen cooperation between the UN and the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN). Her leadership in establishing the Development Partners Forum (DPF) and institutionalization of the Development Partners Dialogue (DPD), not only strengthened development support towards the GRN, but enhanced development cooperation in Namibia.

Under her stewardship, the UN achieved several milestones and earned the sobriquet ‘Partner of Choice’. Some highlights of successful interventions:

  • The acceleration of the national response to the Hepatitis E outbreak;
  • The roll out the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum and teaching guidelines in schools, reaching 680 teachers in 2017 who further reached 36,448 learners;
  • Supported the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia (FLON)’s ‘Be Free’ movement to ensure an AIDS Free generation in Namibia;
  • The mobilization of US$ 37 million for HIV and TB response and USD 2.3 million for malaria elimination in support of national frameworks and strategies;
  • The roll out of E-birth registration;
  • The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Programme achieved scale-up across all 14 regions, reaching over 95% of health facilities and meeting the global target of 95% PMTCT coverage;
  • Established a cost effective way, through the UN, to procure vaccines, equipment and medical supplies for the Namibian GRN. The supplies, which are WHO approved, help the GRN save 60% in costs and are of the utmost importance during outbreaks and emergencies;
  • Supported the roll out of the Conservation Agriculture Programme by training 48 Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) staff and 2,500 farmers on conservation and good agricultural practices in five Regions;
  • Supported the implementation and management of the national school feeding programme, reaching over 330,000 students in 1400 schools across the 14 regions;
  • Supported the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) to develop regional disaster preparedness, response and contingency plans and hold a simulation exercise.

She leaves behind her legacy in the next partnership framework with the GRN, UNPAF 2019-2023, which was launched on Friday, 27 April 2018. This framework is fully aligned to the HPP, NDP5 and the Blue Print on Poverty Eradication and wealth creation and outlines the UN and GRN’s partnership for the next four years to realize the aspirations of Namibians. Continue reading

Energy Ministry and CoW join solar panel launch at UN House

On Wednesday 26 July 2017, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Kornelia Shilunga on behalf of the Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, officially launched the United Nations (UN) House solar panels on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 alongside the City of Windhoek (CoW) and the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia). The UN House, located in Klein Windhoek, is where UN Namibia offices are located.

As Namibia receives a high amount of sunlight, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho emphasized that the UN’s move towards using solar energy is an opportunity to showcase best practice, in terms of the use of renewable energy in support of Namibian, and global efforts, to combat climate change.

The recently agreed Sustainable Development Agenda, identifies clean energy as an integral part of the global strategy to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

“Specifically, Goal 13 of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) speaks to Climate Change, while Goal 7, aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” Gbeho said.

Since the installation in the beginning of May, power usage at the UN House has decreased by approximately 50%, which in monetary terms translates to a total savings of roughly N$ 60,000 per month.

If the current savings trend continues, coupled with the current effort to monitor power usage around the office, UN Namibia forecasts savings of at least 60% in the next few months going forward. This, over time, will result in a large amount of monetary savings that can be implemented into programmatic work as opposed to operational costs.

On behalf of Hon. Kandjoze, Hon. Shilunga highlighted Namibia’s great potential in renewable energy, specifically solar power, with its abundance of land, an average of 300 sunny days per year and the second highest solar irradiation regime in the world. Continue reading

DHPS Upholds 67 minutes of Public Service #MandelaDay2017

67 minutes for Mandela is a global UN observance that aims to encourage everyone to dedicate their time to helping others as well as contributing to the unity and progression of humanity. Every year, on the 18 th of July, the world embarks on several charity projects in honour of Nelson Mandela and his great philosophies.

In celebration of this notion, UNIC Windhoek, in co-operation with Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS), held the official hand over of canned food to Havana Soup Kitchen at the DHPS Windhoek  on Monday 17 July 2017. The partnership between DHPS and the UNIC Windhoek is the third of four canned food drives of the Nelson Mandela International Day tribute whereby all individuals and organisations dedicate 67 minutes of their time to an activity helping those in need.

DHPS Windhoek collected approximately 600 canned food items and generously donated to the Havana Soup Kitchen. The hard work constituted DHPS’s collective effort to uphold their 67 minutes of public service while the event paid homage to Mandela’s tireless pursuit to end hunger and empower the world’s most vulnerable and poor by way of collaboration.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Kristin Eicholz, principal of DHPS, paid homage to Nelson Mandela by reflecting on his influential and inspiring activism. Her endnote prompted emotional charge as she iterated, “It is only when poverty no longer holds people back that society as a whole will achieve social justice for all”. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek and UNAM sign Internship Letter of Agreement

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

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