The 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.
In 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 →
On 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, 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 →