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NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy through UNCG training

Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017.

The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas.

NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training. Continue reading

Windhoek Gymnasium Pre-Primary learners join the Smurfs in spreading happiness and achieving the SDGs

The United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. This year on 20 March, the global community was joined by the Smurfs in commemorating the day.

Through the “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign, the Smurfs encouraged young people everywhere to learn about and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs aim to make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.

Taking up the call of the Smurfs to achieve the Goals, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek spread happiness and raised awareness of the SDGs with pre-schoolers at Windhoek Gymnasium Pre-Primary on 28 March 2017.

The UNIC Windhoek team, who emulated the Smurfs by wearing white and blue on the day, taught the learners about the International Day of Happiness and what they can do to make other people happy. Through an engaging presentation and video from the Smurfs, the pre-primary learners understood why they should support and spread awareness of the 17 SDGs. Continue reading

#UNICrecap: UNIC Windhoek highlights its successes on social media

2016 has been a successful and exciting year for the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek! In celebration of its accomplishments, UNIC Windhoek will highlight its 2016 programmes on social dsc_0498media from Monday, 19 December through Saturday, 31 December through its #UNICrecap campaign.

The National Information Officer to Namibia, Anthea Basson, says that many new initiatives were started in 2016.

“The UNIC Windhoek team worked very hard throughout the year. Not only did we expand our existing programmes, including Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) and UN4U, we introduced creative initiatives such as the Namibia Agreement, the High School Practicum facts-1-10Programme and #PeacePals while at the same time raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basson said.

The Namibia Agreement, an agreement to take climate action signed by Namibian students on 22 April when world leaders were signing the historic Paris Agreement, was one of the many initiatives that focused on addressing climate change that UNIC Windhoek implemented this year. Continue reading

SG’s message on International Anti-Corruption Day

The Secretary-General

Message on International Anti-Corruption Day

9 December 2016

 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s inspiring new manifesto for transforming our world and building a better future for all. But as we undertake this crucial journey of implementation, a broad barrier stands in our path: corruption.

No country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end it. Corruption strangles people, communities and nations. It weakens education and health, undermines electoral processes and reinforces injustices by perverting criminal justice systems and the rule of law. By diverting domestic and foreign funds, corruption wrecks economic and social development and increases poverty. It harms everyone, but the poor and vulnerable suffer most.

The theme of this year’s observance is “Corruption: An impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals”. Goal 16 urges substantial reductions in corruption and bribery and the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels. The UN Convention against Corruption, buttressed by its peer review mechanism, is mobilizing action for honest, transparent, accountable governance, but far more is needed.

On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

UNIC Windhoek attends Development Partnership Forum

dsc_0112UNIC Windhoek joined the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and the UN System at the Development Partnership Forum on 5 December 2016 at Namibia’s Parliament building.

The forum aimed to “ensure effectiveness of development assistance in support of the [Government’s] national development plans [and the Harambee Prosperity plan], especially in line with [newly] adopted continental and international development agendas, such as the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” (Press Release, UN System and GRN).

dscn4101Hon. Tom Alweendo, the Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), opened the Forum by recognizing the continued support of development partners and the successes of Namibia since Independence.

He then said, “Despite achievements, there is no doubt that [Namibia is] a developing economy and country,” emphasizing that Namibia needs to address income inequality and youth unemployment as well as to promote economic growth.

Namibia’s strategy going forward, Hon. Alweendo said, is to transform economy through #industrialisation. Continue reading

Entry into Force of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change 4 November, UN Headquarters in New York The landmark Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted by world leaders last December at the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21), will officially enter into force on 4 November, before the opening of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November.

The agreement sets a course for all countries to limit global temperature rise and to strengthen resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The entry into force of the Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter for humankind and demonstrates that countries are serious about addressing climate change.

To commemorate this historic day for people and the planet, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will invite representatives of civil society groups to a conversation with him at the UN Headquarters. This meeting will provide civil society groups with the opportunity to share with the Secretary-General how their organizations will contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as their visions and concerns.

Who:  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  Representatives of civil society groups

What: Discussion with civil society organization on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

When: Friday 4 November, 10:00-10:45 a.m. EDT

Where: Conference Room 8, UN Headquarters or live through http://webtv.un.org

Media contact UN Department of Public Information

Dan Shepard, T: +1 (212) 963-9495 |E: shepard@un.org For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals, please visit website: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/or follow us on Twitter at @GlobalGoalsUN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalgoalsUN.

UN Namibia ‘delivers as one’ and interacts with public at UN Day Exhibit

unic-exhibit-2The exhibition was provided by the UN System in Namibia through its partnership engagement with various stakeholders and aimed at educating the public about programmes and work aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Namibia.

In commemoration of the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN in Namibia executed a captivating, high level public exhibition. The exhibition proved to a powerful, versatile and cost-effective tool in fostering discussions about the SDGs and the work of the UN in Namibia. More so, the exhibition promoted the UN System’s partnerships and created opportunities for the public, and in particular the youth, to interact with the various agencies in an endeavor to learn more about the work of the UN in Namibia and across the world.

whoAll UN Agencies, alongside Governmental Institutions and Ministries such as the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Office of the Ombudsman, the National Art Gallery; non-governmental organizations such as Konrad Adenaur Stiftung, Hans-Seidel Foundation; tertiary institutions and the private sector, set up displays to promote their work and mandates. Continue reading

UN Day: UN Namibia stresses importance of partnerships in implementing SDGs

groupThe United Nations (UN) System in Namibia celebrated the role of partnerships in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the launch of the United Nations (UN) Day Exhibition on 24 October.

Strategic partners are the backbone of the UN’s work in Namibia and form the vital link between the UN and Namibia’s local communities. Partners provide the knowledge, support, technical expertise, security and monitoring tools to not only maintain a safe network, but also to plan for the future as the UN continues to grow. Thus, it is imperative for the UN System in Namibia to align themselves with the Namibian Government’s National Plans and to foster effective strategic partnerships with stakeholders.

guestsIn addition to celebrating individuals and partner organisations, it is important to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of partnerships as a whole, which in turn may help find and nurture advocates or champions of development programmes.

Under the theme ‘Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Partnerships and the work of the UN in Namibia’, the official UN Day programme celebrated the SDGs and partnerships on the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations. Continue reading

#PeacePals: Jakob Marengo learners pen thoughts on peace

dsc_0194After participating in a climate change outreach in February, hosting a climate change workshop in April, taking part in the #ProsperousPaths inititative and hosting Dr. Helena Ndume in light of Nelson Mandela Day, Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Khomasdal was paid another informative visit by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team on Wednesday, 28 September. A group of twenty students participated in the #PeacePals programme and had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the outreaches the UNIC Windhoek team has brought to the school.

The Principal of Jakob Marengo Secondary School Ms. Ottilie Abrahams, who is no stranger to UNIC Windhoek’s work, welcomed the team with a smile and expressed her excitement that Jakob Marengo’s pupils would participate in commemorating the International Day of Peace through an educational, writing exercise. Continue reading

Hermann Gmeiner Primary School pupils create building blocks of Peace

dsc_0631On the International Day of Peace, commemorated each year on 21 September, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team created building blocks of peace with Hermann Gmeiner Primary School grade seven learners.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 and is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Through an engaging presentation, fifty-three grade seven pupils learned about peace and how the Agenda 2030: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which celebrated its one year anniversary this month, plays a large role in achieving world peace. Continue reading