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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

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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

UN Namibia stresses the importance of education for sustainable development at NUST Dialogue

NUST 5On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the UN System in Namibia visited the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) for the Public Dialogue: 2016 International Education Day regarding the theme of ‘ensuring international cooperation  to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

Before the dialogue started, students and lecturers read through United Nations publications at an exhibit run by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek. The UNIC Windhoek Team displayed publications from various UN Agencies that work in Namibia in an effort to enlighten the public about the United Nations, its work specifically in Namibia and its efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through diverse projects.

NUST 10Scores of curious students and lecturers visited the exhibition, and many students picked up publications that related to their fields of study in order to assist in achieving their individual education goals and to increase their knowledge. Other students inquired about the requirements necessary to intern at the various UN agencies located in Namibia, sharing their goals of working for the United Nations. Continue reading

UN System promotes culture of reading at Readathon kickoff

Readathon 1Each year, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Association of Diplomatic Spouses and other stakeholders run the September Readathon in order to promote a culture of reading throughout the country.

Yesterday, the Readathon’s kickoff was held at the Katutura Public Library where learners of a variety of ages took part in various educational activities. Students read books together, took part in a fun spelling bee and completed educational quizzes, to name a few of the activities. The learners were smiling as they gained new knowledge through reading. Continue reading

UN Namibia launches #MondayMenu

Monday Menu- August 15 - 21, smaller versionLast 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

Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought

Drought ImageWindhoek, 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.

Humanitarian 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. Continue reading

#UN4U: Gammas Primary School pupils want to spark change in Namibia

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On Tuesday, 16 August 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek Team set out for Gammas Primary School in Khomasdal, Windhoek, excited to bring the #UN4U to another school in the capital city.

The UNIC Windhoek team was welcomed by the principal and was escorted to the hall, where the students were already assembled waiting with excitement for the UNIC Windhoek team to arrive and for the presentation to commence.

EDSC_0349The presentation started with a brief introduction of the United Nations, with a special look at its establishment and the work it does. Because the information in this part of the presentation is mostly fact-based, there has not been a lot of participation at the previous 6 schools that took part in the #UN4U program. However, this was not the case with the learners at Gammas Primary School.

The students confidently answered questions concerning the establishment of the UN as well as who the Secretary-General is, and some of them even shared with the team that they wanted to grow up to be the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

EDSC_0301This immense engagement with the students was only a sign of bigger things to come, as the learners were so excited that their hands were up in the air the entire time throughout the second half of the presentation.

The students not only answered questions the UNIC Windhoek team posed to them, but also asked the team very interesting questions such as; ‘If the rich were to give to the poor would this lessen the gap between the rich and the poor?’ and, ‘Is education the way to go?’ One of the learners, who had an immense understanding of history, spoke about colonialism and how this contributed to poverty.

EDSC_0313When asked how they will help achieve the SDGs, the learners shared their plans of choosing a career through which they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. One learner confidently stood up and said, “I would like to study medicine and become a good doctor so that I can open my own hospital and help people.”

The social studies teachers came up to the presenters afterwards and complimented them on a job well done. The UNIC Windhoek team, impressed by the learners’ level of discipline and knowledge, praised the pupils.

Up-to-date, the #UN4U program has reached primary level students at seven different schools across Windhoek. Not only did students increase their knowledge of the United Nations, but these students have been inspired to bring about change and to achieve the SDGs. Encouraged by the positive reception of the #UN4U program, UNIC Windhoek plans to bring similar initiatives to schools in the future.EDSC_0387