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Windhoek International School (WIS) SDG club visit the UN house

The WIS learners “Make the World a better place” through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), visited the UN house. The group buzzed with excitement as they toured the building, stopping by each agency and finding out which SDG relates to which UN agency in Namibia.

After the tour, the group made their last stop in the library where Anthea Basson from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek tested their understanding about the tour and provided more information about the United Nations and the SDGs. She expressed her gratitude to the young SDG advocates and their teacher for reaching out to UNIC Windhoek for teaching support on specific projects.

She encouraged them to continue their excellent work and learning process and most importantly to take action. Reminding them of their integral parts in working towards the achievement of the SDGs

The visit ended with a group photograph in front of the UN House.  The Centre were impressed with the elevated level of awareness and understanding the group has shown throughout the sessions.

The UNIC staff have facilitated several learning sessions with the school which involved children of all ages in an enriching experience to take action and providing complimenting resources for our SDG educational outreach programmes in Namibia.

UN Day #UnitedwithUNNamibia

On the 24th October, the United Nations (UN) in Namibia celebrated 73 years of existence under the theme #UnitedwithUNNamibia. This entailed visiting different community centres: The Humble Care Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre, the Katutura Old Age Home, the Central Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward and the International University of Management (IUM).

Since its formation, the UN’ s goals have been to protect human rights and ensure peace for all. In Namibia, the UN has established itself as a trusted partner in its fight against poverty and in the path towards sustainable development. While challenges remain, Namibia has made great strides in line with national and international development agendas.

Reiterating the UN’s support in addressing these challenges, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Rachel Odede said, “Our partnership framework with the Government, the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023, outlines our plan of action to ensure that we eradicate poverty and inequality. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also clear, we must end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all.”

Odede visited the ECD with colleagues from the UN and the Ministry of Education. Giving children a solid foundation in the early years is the best investment society can make in ensuring they succeed in life. The UN donated educational materials to help build that foundation, as well as healthy snacks, two trees and a pledge to donate a water tank. The children also learned about the importance of sanitation, how and when to wash their hands properly. Continue reading

WIS children think of ideas to #EndPoverty

The UNIC team visited Windhoek International School for a second time on 15 October 2018. This marked their continuing support toward the school’s activity ‘Make the world a better place’, teaching children aged 6-11 about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the visit was to specifically point out actions and discuss ways the children could take action and create impact on different SDGs.

UNIC started the session with a ‘recycling exercise’, whereby they placed glass, aluminium and plastic objects across the classroom. Three differently marked bins were placed in front and the children had to put the objects in the right bin. The discussion that followed was about recycling and how it helps the planet, but also reduces poverty by saving resources. From there, the discussion turned to other ways to help save the world, and affect poverty reduction. Ideas included: saving water by turning off the taps when not directly using them, taking shorter showers, using leftover water for plants etc. The students were particularly intrigued with interesting facts e.g. reducing your shower by two minutes could save 37 litres of water!

Another idea presented was to start a school garden, or plant something in their own yard. The idea was to get the children to raise some sort of crop, and then collectively take them to a soup kitchen or feeding scheme. They would directly help SDG #1 and #2, install a sense of responsibility by looking after the plant, and feel proud upon seeing the result.

Finally, the discussion turned to different actions the school could take to directly address poverty reduction. Fundraising events such as bake sales, themed parties and competitions were all mentioned, as well as monthly collections of clothes, toys, school materials, books etc., that they could donate to a centre of their choosing. Both the students and their teacher, Ms. Nambiar, seemed excited to present these ideas to their school, and start contributing to the Global Goals.

Ms. Nambiar thanked the team for all the ideas and proactive discussion, and agreed with the students that the time to act is now. The school will likely commence with fundraising activities, and with planting crops before the end of the year. UNIC is excited to be a part of this process, and see how they progress in the future.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Secretary-General’s Message for 2018

Twenty-five years ago, the world commemorated the first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since then, nearly 1 billion people have escaped poverty, thanks to political leadership, inclusive economic development and international cooperation.

However, many are still being left behind. Over 700 million people are unable to meet their basic daily needs. Many live in situations of conflict and crisis; others face barriers in accessing health care, education and job opportunities, preventing them from benefiting from broader economic development. And women are disproportionately affected.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as embodied in Goal 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, remains one of the greatest global challenges and a major priority for the United Nations.

This year, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice. There is a fundamental connection between eradicating extreme poverty and upholding the equal rights of all people.

We must listen to the millions of people experiencing poverty and destitution across the globe, tackle the power structures that prevent their inclusion in society and address the indignities they face. We must build a fair globalization that creates opportunities for all and ensure that rapid technological development boosts our poverty eradication efforts. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty let us commit to uphold the core pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.

António Guterres

SDGs Youth Training: Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Informal Settlements

The youth organization Possibility Thinkers, and the Ministry of Youth in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted a training session on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with the youth of the Moses II Garoeb Constituency. The UNIC team outlined the 17 Goals, detailing what each goal means and hopes to achieve. The introductory approach laid the foundation in discussing ideas and limitations but also provide practically applicable solutions that affect youth in communities.

The initial training facilitated by UNIC is a pilot in gauging youth awareness of the SDGs and is part of a larger programme by Possibility Thinkers titled,  “Namibia’s Development Question in the context of the SDGs.”  The aim of the programme is to create awareness on the SDGs at community level with the goals of creating platforms for engaging youth in the monitoring and accountability of the SDGs, developing a youth led accountability monitoring framework building the capacity of youth in social accountability, budget and service delivery tracking and sensitising the youth and community members about the SDGs and their importance in everyones life.

The programme will strengthen the network of Namibian youth engaging with the SDGs, encourage partnerships and bring together political, civil society and business leaders. Young leaders will have the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives on what needs to be done to realise the SDGs in Namibia by 2030.

The UNIC team engaged in a fruitful dialogue with 25 participants, age 18-43. The participants did break away sessions in smaller groups to develop action plans for a specific and concrete ways to implement the SDGs in the community. With a greater focus on SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.  Furthermore, the youth wish for continuous community engagement to apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good

UNIC Windhoek supports SDG activity at Windhoek International

On Monday 1st of October, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) visited Windhoek International School (WIS), to facilitate dialogue on Sustainable Development Goal#1- No poverty. The team elaborated on SDG 1 and engaged with the youngsters to hear their ideas on possible action points.

The school hosts an engaging activity called ‘Make the world a better place’, headed by Ms Veena Nambiar, with the aim of making her students aware of the urgency in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to motivate them to do something to improve Namibia’s chances of achieving the SDG’s. The students, aged between 6 and 11, will attend the SDG sessions until the end of the school year in December, with the goal of taking visible action and contributing to efforts to end poverty. The activity was initiated in September, and was a proactive idea by the founder Ms. Nambiar.

The UNIC team provided a brief overview of the SDGs, reinforced understanding and  the interactions between goals and targets, which, is crucial to making the SDGs work. Youth will be critical agents of change in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Africa’s large youth population presents a complex problem that requires strategic investments in education, health, energy, skills, economic reforms and good governance. At a time when sub-Saharan Africa is going through significant changes in economic, social and political, technological and environmental frontiers, some youth across Africa are being left out.

The teaching placed significant focus on SDG#1 stating that ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount.

Windhoek International students voiced their opinions and thoughts on poverty. Highlighting factors of poverty and in the same vein provided solutions to gradual eradication. Students also participated in an ‘inequality exercise’ where they were put into different positions in the room but asked to do the exact same task, namely throwing a piece of paper in a bin. The exercise was a success in visualising inequality and encourage discussion to devise an action plan. The students proposed to organize fundraisers, engage with disadvantaged communities, donate belongings they no longer need, and develop new ideas to take action. UNIC Windhoek provided support material like a poster and supports the activity in pursuit of engaging youth on SDGs and popularising the goals at all levels in society.

Secretary General’s Message on World Post Day

The Secretary-General

Message on World Post Day

 9 October 2018

With more than 600,000 offices across the globe, the postal sector is one of the world’s largest logistical networks and a vital center of community life everywhere.

This year’s observance of World Post Day highlights the sector’s value not just for delivering the mail, but for delivering good.

Resilient postal systems offer support during natural disasters, financial services to hundreds of millions of people; and essential information in times of crises.

This network, through its international treaties and emphasis on universal service, is a constant voice for multilateralism and force for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  It also promotes literacy and education for children.

I encourage the world’s postal sector to continue its laudable efforts to advance progress for all and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Announces Global Media Compact to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals

New York, 23 September – The United Nations announced today the launch of the SDG Media Compact, an initiative marking a new drive to advance awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were unanimously adopted by all world leaders at the United Nations in 2015. The Compact seeks to inspire media and entertainment companies around the world to leverage their resources and creative talent to advance the Goals.

Speaking at the launch at UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on behalf of more than 30 founding media organizations-encompassing more than 100 media and entertainment outlets-Olusola Momoh, Chairwoman, Channels Media Group-Nigeria introduced the Compact to UN Secretary-General António Guterres: “I am proud to present you the SDG Media Compact. We are an alliance of news and entertainment media and we are committing to work with the United Nations to foster public discourse and spur action on the Sustainable Development Goals. We will increase our content on the issues spelled out in the 2030 Agenda and discuss solutions. Where necessary, we will hold Governments to account for the bold promise they have made to their people and to the world.”

Collectively, the founding members of the SDG Media Compact already comprise an audience in the billions spanning over 80 countries on 4 continents and many more companies are expected to join. “Together, we commit to playing our part to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” she added.

“Achieving the Goals by 2030 will require concerted actions by everyone. By telling stories, news and entertainment media have a critical role in multiplying messages and propagating new ways of behaving,” said Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale at the launch event. “As major players in fostering the SDG discourse, they are also key in holding governments accountable.”

The SDG Media Compact is inclusive and aims to embrace media companies from all regions and all platforms. Participating organizations will have the opportunity to create content partnerships with the United Nations, whereby the organization will increase its efforts to source and share high-value media content and newsworthy opportunities relating to the SDGs. Regular monitoring and review meetings will gauge engagement.

The Compact is an initiative of the United Nations, in collaboration with the UN Foundation and with the support of FleishmanHillard.

Founding Compact members

Al Jadeed TV-Lebanon, Aljoumhouria Newspaper-Lebanon, Annahar Newspaper-Lebanon, Asahi-Shimbun-Japan, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development, Association of Commerical TV in Europe, Association of International Broadcasters, Athina 9.84 Radio station-Greece, Channels Media Group-Nigeria, China Media Group, Daily Star Newspaper-Lebanon, Daily Tribune-Philippines, Deutsche Welle-Germany, Discovery, Inc., Eurasia-Azerbaijan, Eurovision, Kathimerini-Greece, LBCI TV-Lebanon, Lebanon Files News, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting-India, Naharnet News-Lebanon, National Union of Tunisian Journalists-SNJT, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun-Japan, Nippon TV-Japan, RLL Radio-Lebanon, Sounds Diplomacy, Tass-Russia, This Day-Nigeria, TVC-Communications-Nigeria, TV-BRICS-Russia, VDL Radio-Lebanon, Ziff Davis.

About the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by world leaders at the historic Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. Encompassing everything from health, to gender equality, and education, the Goals will mobilize efforts around the world to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

UNIC Windhoek introduce children’s storybook, Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals

 30 August 2018, Windhoek: The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek launched its children’s storybook, Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN Library in Klein Windhoek on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Speaking at the launch on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Ms Edda Bohn, Programme and Quality Assurance Director said, “The story book is an exciting way to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the message of sustainability resonate with an audience as young as 3 to 11 years of age.”

The Director, together with the Resident Coordinator to Namibia ad interim (a.i.) representative Mr. Bali Mankay Sankoh, World Food Programme Director officially launched the story book with media, teachers, UN colleagues, children and senior government officials.

The story is about a small girl called Frieda who goes on an exciting adventure learning about the SDGs. The book was created by UNIC Windhoek and is an important tool to be used to teach young children about the global goals.

Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals is a valuable tool for teachers to prepare the Namibian boy and girl child to take action for their future. “Frieda’s story is meant to capture the imagination of children and encourage them to bring about positive change starting from when they are small,” says UNIC Windhoek’s Head, Anthea Basson.

UNIC Windhoek will distribute the book to primary schools in Namibia, and it will be a welcome addition to formal and informal school libraries and book corners. The book is supplemented by a useful parent/teacher guide which explains difficult concepts and is aimed at sparking conversations about a sustainable future with children.

Storytelling is an integral part of the all-round development of the child. In pre-primary and primary schools, a large amount of curriculum time is dedicated to storytelling. The story is written in English, and UNIC Windhoek plans to translate in other local languages over the next two years. It is currently being reproduced by UNICs across the globe and is also being translated into the official UN languages at UN Headquarters.

The story of Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals has a universal message – we can all help achieve the SDGs no matter how young or old. Frieda’s mission is to spread the news about the SDGs, she calls for people to be bold and take action!

The illustrations and design were done by a Namibian woman, Nelett Loubser, owner and designer of a local graphic design agency in Namibia. Nelett cleverly and artistically used the SDGs as inspiration for Frieda’s patterned African dresses and she subtly brought in accents of Namibia to give the story a Namibian feel. She was instrumental in bringing to life the vision the Centre had for the creation of the main character – Frieda, a curious Namibian girl, who is eager to change Namibia and the world. Frieda’s bright eyes, curly hair and excitement to learn and make friends make her a relatable character to children from all walks of life.

Background information:

 In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the subsequent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGswere officially adopted by all 193 United Nations Member States including New Zealand. The SDGs replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from January 2016.

#UN4U Concludes at Suiderhof Primary

The final  instalment of the UN4U educational outreach programme for the 2018 concluded at Suiderhof Primary School, 600 learners were  in attendance  from grades 4 to 7.

On the 27th of June 2018, UNIC Windhoek team presented “how the United Nations works for you.”  The presentation highlighted the history of the United Nations, the different organs of the United Nations and how the specialized agencies, work in order to advance the goals and mandate of the UN. This was followed by a screening of a short video that summarized the entire presentation. The learners were introduced to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and lay the foundation on how they can contribute to the achievement of the global goals in Namibia.

The success of this programme, extends and strengthens the existing partnership that already exists between the UNIC Windhoek team and Suiderhof Primary School. The team received a warm welcome from the school’s social science teacher Mrs Rene Linno and the principal of the school Mr Myburgh. During the question and answer session. Learners were rewarded with SDG branded bags, lanyards and pens.

At the end of the session, the school principal expressed his gratitude and appreciation on the presentation that was conducted by the UNIC team. The UNIC Windhoek team reached a total of over 1300 learners for the 2018 programme.