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Practicum students learn that small steps can lead to big achievements

*An article authored by the student participants of the High School Practicum programme

To end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, a new sustainable development agenda was released on the 25th of September 2015. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can only be reached through the cooperation of governments, the private sector and civil society. The aim to develop the present and future is crucial for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.

The second day of the high school practicum programme started with a presentation on the SDG’s. The first mentioned and elaborated goal was: “No poverty”. Noting that poverty is more than the lack of income and resources, but that limited access to education must also be taken in consideration. The elderly and youth are most vulnerable to poverty and are mostly affected during an economic crisis.

The goal of “Zero hunger” goes hand in hand with the above mentioned goal as well as the aspect of “Good health and well-being”, which promote healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Furthermore “Quality education” and “Gender equality” are crucial goals for sustainable development. Due to bad economics and infrastructure, water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation the goal of “clean water and sanitation” formation.

Goal 7 represents “affordable and clean energy” because quality jobs reflect in economic growth, goal eight “decent work and economic growth” was initiated. In relevance to the previously mentioned goal, “industry, innovation and infrastructure” was created. Investments in transport irrigation and information and communication technology rapid and sustained increases in living standards are safeguarded, because least developed countries are most vulnerable to inequalities in culture, religion, race and gender, the United Nations manifested the goal “reduced inequalities”. Other goals include “sustainable cities and communities”, “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action” as well as “life below water”, “life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. For all of the above mentioned goals, one goal was established to guarantee the successful, sustainable development. Required “Partnerships for the goals” are built upon values, principals and the shared vision of placing the world and its people at centre.

After being given a great deal of information, the students were divided into various groups and given the task on how to implement the SDG’s on a national and international platform. For children to be educated one must make quality education affordable and accessible. This was mentioned and further detailed on by the first group as well as the goal of a shielding cities and communities as hubs for ideas, culture, science, etc. When the 2nd group took the floor to reveal their actions on “Life below water” and exertions on “reduced inequalities”, the 3rd team could not hide their excitement on sharing their resolutions in reference to “gender equality” and “climate action”. We must remember that we all leave a green footprint on our ecosystem therefore we must respect and bear it. Concluding the presentations, the 4th group provided the team with a lecture on “Life on land” and “peace, justice and strong institutions”. Each team received feedback concerning the correct use of terminology and good posture during a presentation.

Lastly a video of how to properly write an article was shared with the team. Afterwards each scholar was assigned to write an article regarding any SDG of their choice. Inspiration was drawn when listening to their resolutions and opinions on social and economic issues and their vision to a safe and stable future.

Conclusively one can state that there is still much room for improvement on a basis on communicative and social skills. Every day remains a challenge, the team is motivated to give their ultimate best when solving various assigned tasks or challenges.

 

High School Practicum programme kicks off in Windhoek

On the 8th of May 2017 the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek officially set into motion  the two week High School Practicum Programme  where young selected students from a variety of schools can engage themselves in the world of the United Nations (UN).

The day started off with a meet-and-greet with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Ms. Kiki Gbeho. The RC delivered an extremely motivational message inspiring the students to work hard, dare to be different, stand up for themselves and to take  space, i.e. take your seat  at the table, make use  of opportunities. Through her motivational speech she put great emphasis on the  “3 Es”, empowerment, education and employment.

After a brief tea break the participants received an insightful overview of the UN System. They learnt that the UN was started in October 1945 after the Second World War in order to promote peace and never allow such an event to occur again. Currently it has a total of 193 member states out of 196 existing countries. At first the UN did not have a large world membership but as the years passed more and more countries joined the organization, as the young people were  orientated through a timeline. Namibia joined the UN in 1990 on the 23 of April. In order for a country to be a part of the UN they have to agree with “The Charter of the United Nations.” The  students learnt  that the current  Secretary General is Antonia Guterres who replaced Ban Ki Moon at the start of the year 2017. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek runs #FunFactFriday social media campaign: fun puzzles and quizzes about the SDGs

Check out our newly launched #FunFactFriday social media campaign. Test your knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by answering the questions or completing the puzzles. Learning about the SDGs is fun every friday! 

Check it out on on unicwindhoek’s  facebook, twitter and instagram accounts,

Every week we will focus on a different SDG or a new puzzle. Participate in the fun and share among your friends! Keep a look out for our #FunFactFriday every week!

 

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

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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