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Namibian youth marimba band mesmerize audience with SDG performance

UN Day is one of the most important observances on the UN calendar, providing the UN System in Namibia with some time to take stock of its key achievements, reflect on successful partnerships and push forward to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme of UN Day aptly built around the achievement of the SDGs, it came as no surprise that the special entertainment, provided by the Sunshine Private School marimba band, was about the SDGs. The school marimba band prepared a 10min repertoire which had the audience moving to their unique sounds. It was followed by a spoken word performance on the 17 SDGs by a grade six learner, Tafadzwa Bopoto. He led the dignitaries and invited guests through each of the 17 goals, explaining what each goal meant.

Tafadzwa described the goals in simple terms which resonated well with the audience of learners from different schools. “Everybody deserves a meal,” he noted when referencing Goal 2, Zero Hunger, “as a student, education is very important, once we get an education, we can achieve whatever goals we want,” he noted when he reflected on Goal 4, Quality Education.

The audience members were all ears, as they nodded their heads and applauded in agreement, the entire marimba band echoed Tafadwa’s sentiments by playing a tune and calling out the Goals. When Tafadzwa concluded explaining the 17 Goals, he asked the audience questions, testing them on what he had just presented through his carefully crafted explanation of the 17 SDGs.

The Sunshine Private School marimba band’s spoken word showcased the talent of Namibian youth and added a wonderful ambience to the official proceedings. It was a highlight of their performance, and a testimony to the UNIC Windhoek team in the foundation the Centre is laying when embarking on educational outreaches to schools in Windhoek through programmes such as UN4U with a strong focus on the SDGs.

For the audience members and learners who participated in the UN Day 2017 observation, the 17 SDGs will never be the same again. Tafadzwa’s rendition broke down the goals in layman’s terms making them easy to understand. The Sunshine Private School was applauded for their preparation and entire performance. Their composed songs and spoken word was geared around the global goals and extremely memorable.

 

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

#UN4U- Havana Primary School learners passionate about ending poverty

DSC_0142On 12 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) team visited Havana Primary School, its fifth primary school, in three weeks. The students were excited to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) in Namibia and find out more about UN Day through the #UN4U programme.

UN Day, commemorated each year on 24 October, marks the anniversary of when the UN Charter was entered into force. With the ratification of this founding document in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being.

In order to educate the public about the United Nations and its work in preparation of this eventful day, UN representatives across the globe bring the #UN4U programme to schools. The programme also aims at raising awareness of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answering any questions learners might have regarding the work of the UN and the realization of the SDGs. Continue reading

UN Day in Namibia

UN Day, October 24, 2013 marked the 68th anniversary of when the United Nations Charter came into effect. This year’s theme was “Partnerships for Global Progress” honoring and recognizing invaluable partnerships that further the UN’s mission.

The United Nations System in Namibia was very fortunate to have the Right Honourable Dr. Hage Geingob, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia and thanked him for his commitment in launching the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018 document.

Reflecting on the ideals of the United Nations, is not only an illustration of what good can be achieved when the UN, Namibian Government  and partners team up to work together but surely demonstrates  the importance of  national ownership in the development of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF), the Director of Ceremonies, Ms. Anthea Basson alluded. She also re-emphasized that there are difficulties and challenges in the world and it is because of these global struggles and worries the UN came into existence. Developing and building nations remains at the core of the United Nations work and over the last  years, Namibia has made commendable progress in achieving most of the MDGs.

Prime Minister Hage Geingob said the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) that was in Namibia to monitor and keep peace during the country’s transition to independence was one of the biggest successes of the UN in Africa.

“The UN’s peacekeeping mission to Namibia during and after elections made sure that the transitional period was a success and this makes Namibia a direct child of the UN but even before independence we grew up in the UN system during the liberation struggle,” Geingob said. Continue reading