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#BeBoldForChange Artwork on display at the UN House

Art work, created by students at the University of Namibia (UNAM) on International Women’s Day (IWD), is currently on display at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.

The dynamic pieces depict how the empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description and were created during the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s #BeBoldForChange Art Competition.

The Competition was part of UNIC Windhoek’s two-hour awareness programme which comprised of numerous activities including an open mic and student’s pledging to promote women’s empowerment. Continue reading

NAMCOL films educational series at UN House

DSC_0005 (1)The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek team hosted filming crew from the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) at the UN House on Thursday, 7 July 2016. NAMCOL is an educational institution that provides study opportunities for adults and out-of-school youth.

The College has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education to develop a series of video programmes in a range of Grades 10 – 12 subjects as part of the Ministry’s strategy to support learners countrywide.

The young local actors (students) came to record an educational series which aims at educating students about the role of various international organizations in Namibia as part of the Junior Secondary School History curriculum. Continue reading

Secretary General H.E. Ban Ki-moon visits Namibia

593014The United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon officially inaugurated the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia on 24 June 2014. This was a rare and joyous occasion, as the last time a secretary general came to Namibia was 17 years ago. During his speech at the UN house, Ban Ki-moon applauded Namibia on the progress it has made since independence and its transition to an upper-middle income status country. Ban Ki-moon further mentioned that “Namibia has also demonstrated its leadership in addressing HIV/AIDS, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and promoting gender equality. With your assistance, the refugee population here dropped from 20,000 persons in the early 1990s to fewer than 3,000 now.” Although Ban was impressed with the positive and rapid progression that Namibia has made as a nation, he also stated that one of the most important challenges remains inequality and unemployment in the youth.

593018The Secretary-General also had private and official talks with His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba where a plethora of issues pertaining to international peace and security were discussed. The Post 2015 Development Agenda was also a topic of interest, with Pohamba stating that “Given our historical apartheid colonialism, which enforced segregation and inequality in our society, the per capita income is not a true reflection of the socio-economic reality, as it does not take into account the skewed income distribution inherited from the past.” Pohamba further said that he is one of 10 African presidents who formed an African Union Committee which aims to promote the African Common Position on UN reforms. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek hosts successful Model United Nations High School Conference

UNIC Windhoek successfully hosted the second Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Conference for High School learners in the capital city, Windhoek. The two-day conference took place from the 21-22 June 2013 at the UN House in Windhoek and welcomed 150 High School learners from 20 different schools as delegates of the simulated General Assembly.

Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) General Assembly in session

Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) General Assembly in session

 

This year UNIC Windhoek extended the MUNNAM programme to the hardap region in Namibia, with the active participation of three schools from Rehoboth. In addition, UNIC also invited two schools from the Otjikoto region. Two schools from Tsumeb travelled all the way to Windhoek to participate. This year’s participants came from the Khomas, Hardap and Otjikoto region respectively. A paired delegation acted as diplomats of their allocated country, representing the views and policies of their designated country, the learners bravely walked in the shoes of their countries to discuss and debate, and finally draft a resolution on the topic “How can Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) be used to provide sustainable development to the least developed countries?”Learners with different beliefs and opinions, allies and adversaries held heated, yet outstanding discussions to finally conclude and write a common resolution.

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