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#MondayMenu: 11 – 17 September 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 11 – 17 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office in collaboration with UNAM will be hosting a Training of Educators on the Supervision of Research Proposals from 11 to 12 September. The training is mainly to capacitate educators to effectively supervise under-graduate educational research projects and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in research.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facilitating a Training of Trainers for Conducting a Food and Nutrition Security Assessment. The training is taking place in Otjiwarongo from 11 to 15 September 2017.

UNESCO Windhoek Office will also be holding a Training Workshop for Life Skills Teachers from 12 to 14 September in Zambezi Region.

UNIC Windhoek in partnership with UNICEF Namibia will raise awareness on children’s rights and responsibilities with learners ages 9 and 10 from Windhoek International School (WIS) on 13 September 2017. Through a presentation, the students will also learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UN Namibia is running a book drive this week. Collections will be donated at the Read Namibia UN Plaza Public Event on 16 September. In line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 ‘Quality Education’, the public event aims at raising awareness of the importance of literacy and reading for Namibia’s youth.

Read Namibia launches Readathon activities for 2017

The official launch of Read Namibia’s Readathon activities took place on 6 September where all partners gathered at the National Library of Namibia to kick start this year’s reading campaign. Speakers discussed the importance of reading and nostalgic ties that reading has with childhood. Reflective questions such as do you remember being read to as a child, allowed attendees to relate back to memories of sitting on their parents’ laps with a book, being read to at a local library as well as  the first book they ever read. Memories such as these are often deeply ingrained in our childhoods and, in many ways, shape who we are.

The Readathon campaign is spearheaded by Read Namibia, a broad coalition of businesses, teachers, librarians, booksellers, cultural organizations, and diplomats. Together the coalition are working with the Ministry of Education to promote a culture of reading in Namibia.

At the launch, Mrs. Melinda Burrell from the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) introduced September’s Read Namibia activities including events being hosted at the UN Plaza where the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Ghebo, will speak and read to children at the event. Representing the UN System in Namibia at the launch, Ms. Anthea Basson from the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek added that the UNRC will hand over books on 16 September at the UN Plaza collected during an internal book drive by the UN in Namibia staff. The United Nation’s participation in this year’s readathon events demonstrates the UN’s commitment to the SDGs and highlights the importance of  quality education in Namibia.

Mr. Eli Manga, Acting Director of Namibia’s National Library and Archive Services stated, “Reading is the window to the world for children and as adults we must open that window.” Mr. Manga highlighted the adult responsibility to share reading with everyone. Mr. Steve Kaangundue, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning and Community Development echoed this sentiment in his statement, “Reading is the foundation of all forms of learning. Books are the doors to knowledge and we all bare the responsibility of sharing reading to all, especially in line with the SDGs and SDG #4, Quality Education for all.” Mr. Kaangundue’s mention of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals especially draws attention to the continued UN efforts to ensure everyone has access to the quality education that they deserve.

Read Namibia aims to ensure that all citizens are well poised to take up the challenges of operating within a knowledge economy and are able to compete multi-nationally as Namibia continues to develop and prosper (Read Namibia 2017). “Reading with all its benefits to learners should be encouraged at all levels. As parents, educators and librarians, we all have a crucial role to play to establish a love of reading in our younger generations.” [1]This project aims to create a brighter future for young Namibians through the encouragement of reading and the spread of knowledge.

 

[1] Read Namibia website: https://readnamibia.wordpress.com/

Energy Ministry and CoW join solar panel launch at UN House

On Wednesday 26 July 2017, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Kornelia Shilunga on behalf of the Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, officially launched the United Nations (UN) House solar panels on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 alongside the City of Windhoek (CoW) and the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia). The UN House, located in Klein Windhoek, is where UN Namibia offices are located.

As Namibia receives a high amount of sunlight, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho emphasized that the UN’s move towards using solar energy is an opportunity to showcase best practice, in terms of the use of renewable energy in support of Namibian, and global efforts, to combat climate change.

The recently agreed Sustainable Development Agenda, identifies clean energy as an integral part of the global strategy to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

“Specifically, Goal 13 of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) speaks to Climate Change, while Goal 7, aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” Gbeho said.

Since the installation in the beginning of May, power usage at the UN House has decreased by approximately 50%, which in monetary terms translates to a total savings of roughly N$ 60,000 per month.

If the current savings trend continues, coupled with the current effort to monitor power usage around the office, UN Namibia forecasts savings of at least 60% in the next few months going forward. This, over time, will result in a large amount of monetary savings that can be implemented into programmatic work as opposed to operational costs.

On behalf of Hon. Kandjoze, Hon. Shilunga highlighted Namibia’s great potential in renewable energy, specifically solar power, with its abundance of land, an average of 300 sunny days per year and the second highest solar irradiation regime in the world. Continue reading

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 26 June –2 July 2017

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 26 June –2 July 2017.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia are signing an internship letter of agreement on Monday, 26 June 2017. In line with SDG 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’, UNIC Windhoek is partnering with tertiary institutions to empower the future leaders of tomorrow.

UNESCO will be conducting Regional Trainings of Education Officers on the use of the Kopana Community of Practise (this falls under our UNESCO/China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) Project which aims at “Capacity Development for Quality Teacher Education in Namibia”. Trainings will occur in all regions and will be done alongside NUST, NAMCOL and UNAM and from 26 June-11 Aug. Continue reading

UN Namibia pledges to #slowdown to promote road safety

In light of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW), the UN System in Namibia joined the private sector in Windhoek to rally support for the “Save Lives: #SlowDown” campaign.

The Fourth UNGRSW started on 8 May and will run until 14 May 2017. It seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action to address this major risk for road traffic death and injury.

As part of an interactive street exhibition, the UN System set up a stand at the event alongside other stakeholders. UN Staff members as well as members of the public made pledges to #slowdown.

The UN Resident Coordinator Kiki Gbeho emphasized the importance of Road Safety Week, saying, “In Africa, road traffic accidents are one of the biggest killers, and it is the same here in Namibia. So, today is to kick off almost a year long series of events to raise awareness and to try and change behavior,” she said. Continue reading

Check out what’s on the week ahead @UN Namibia #MondayMenu

Check out what’s on UN Namibia’s #MondayMenu!

monday-menu-october-31-november-6The World Health Organization Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) with technical support of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) are hosting the Training of Trainers II (31 October to 01 November) and courses in Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) II (2-5 November) at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek.

2 November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Did you know that over the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed for bringing news and information to the public? On top of this, only one in ten cases committed against media workers over the past decade has led to a conviction. Learn more about the importance of why we must #endimpunity: http://bit.ly/1ud1eKj

On Friday, 4 November, UNFPA Namibia will launch the UNFPA State of the World #Population Report. “We must use all of the tools at our disposal, from dialogue and mediation to preventive diplomacy, to keep the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources from fueling and financing armed conflict and destabilizing the fragile foundations of peace.” -Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the #Environment in War and Armed Conflict, commemorated each year on 6 November. http://bit.ly/1gSgQgc

@UNNamibia Flash #floodingwithfacts for the International Day of Disaster Reduction

iddr-a4-poster_edited-1With the persistent drought impacting all aspects of life in Namibia as well as the risk of flash flooding associated with it, the United Nations System in Namibia in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Namibia is carrying out the Flash #FloodingwithFacts campaign on social media.

The educational and interactive campaign kick started on 7 October and will run through the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), commemorated each year on 13 October. This International Observance aims ‘to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters’.

This year, the Government of the Republic of Namibia will commemorate the IDDR under the theme “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness and Reducing Mortality” at an event in the Kunene Region, a region that has been harshly impacted by the drought over the last six years and the region is also vulnerable to other hazardous epidemics such as Cholera. Continue reading

#UnitedwithUNNamibia SDG Countdown to World Humanitarian Day

SDGs 1- #UnitedwithUNNamibiaIn commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, the UN System in Namibia will work towards highlighting the importance of humanitarian work by generating publicity and awareness through the use of mass communication, namely social media, print media and broadcast media.

Most importantly, to motivate continued humanitarian work in Namibia, both from stakeholders as well as the broader public, UNIC Windhoek will implement a social media campaign for UN Namibia which highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each day, one SDG will be featured with the aim of educating the public about pertinent issues facing Namibia and how sustainable development can be achieved. The campaign will also encourage the public to work towards sustainability on a personal level by being #UnitedwithUNNamibia. Continue reading