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#MondayMenu: 14 – 20 August 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN
Namibia this week? Check out the
#MondayMenu for 14 – 20 August 2017.

With the aim of making the United
Nations a fully inclusive workplace,
which is respectful of all kinds of
diversity, UN Cares is running the “UN
for All: Dignity and Inclusion in our
Workplace” training for staff members
from 14-17 August.

On Tuesday 15 August, the United
Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Windhoek team will bring the 2017
#PeacePals project, a pen-pal
programme that promotes peace, to
Waldorf School in Windhoek. UNIC Windhoek is working with UNIC Jakarta to
provide youth with an international platform for communicating concerns about and innovative ideas on peace.

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), together with the World
Health Organisation (WHO) Namibia and the Ministry of Health and Social Services
(MoHSS), is hosting a public lecture on blood donation. Blood transfusion saves lives
and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely
access to safe blood. To learn more about blood donation, stop by the Namibia
University of Science and Technology (NUST) Health and Applied Science
Auditorium on Wednesday, 16 August from 11h30-13h00.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD), held every year on 19 August, pays tribute to aid
workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rallies support for people
affected by crises around the world. This year, humanitarian partners are coming
together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Learn more:
http://bit.ly/1zljwrj

To build support and create momentum for Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the United Nations General Assembly declared
2011-2020 to be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. The goal of this Decade
Observance is to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
and to promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. Learn more:
http://bit.ly/2uCsxjn

UN System Namibia’s first Town Hall for 2017 kicks off on a high note

The Resident Coordinator’s Office hosted the UN System in Namibia’s first Town hall meeting on Wednesday, 25th January 2017. All UN Namibia staff from  resident agencies as well as some non-resident agencies attended in large numbers.

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho welcomed staff back with a short motivational New Year’s greeting. Gbeho highlighted that 2017 will be another great year for the UN in Namibia. She reflected on 2016 and highlighted some of the important milestones the UN System were able to deliver upon thanks to the hard work of each staff member from the respective UN agencies. Gbeho further thanked the UN Country Team members for their continued support during 2016. She called upon all staff to work toward Delivering as One to make 2017 successful.

The Resident Coordinator noted that “these are exciting times for the United Nations as there is a newly appointed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres from Portugal”. She spoke at length about the newly appointed Secretary General, his focus areas as well his vision for the UN System as a whole. Continue reading

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 6 – 12 February

Are you curious about what UN Namibia is up to this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 6 – 12 February!

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is commemorated each year on 6 February. This year, it is being commemorated under the theme “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/1kdPUat

Today is the first day of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Retreat in Swakopmund. The objectives of the retreat include to: review of progress achieved in 2016, plan for 2017 and beyond; examine the functionality of ‘Delivering as One’ approach and mechanisms; provide an opportunity to learn from each other and strengthen collaboration; strategise around existing and new strategic areas of joint UN support to Government, especially under NDP5; and continue to build consensus among members of the Namibia UN Country Team members. The Retreat will finish on Thursday, 9 February.

As part of the retreat, the UNCT Members and Retreat participants will be visiting Immanuel Ruiters Primary School in Walvis Bay. This school is benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, an initiative that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with the technical support of the World Food Programme (WFP).

School feeding positively contributes to learners’ performance as well as increases class participation and attendance in school. Currently, the School Feeding Programme supports 330,000 learners in all fourteen regions of Namibia.

Safer Internet Day, 7 February, aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and calls on all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Also on Tuesday, 7 February, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will commemorate the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust through an exhibition and educational programme. History students from Jan Mohr Secondary School will be visiting the UN House to learn about the Holocaust and the importance of preventing such a tragedy from happening again.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/20w4twe

 

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 30 January – 5 February 2017

What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 30 January – 5 February!

The 2017 #MondayMenu information campaign artwork went through an image makeover for the New year!  By incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals branding we bring into focus the 17 Goals which Namibia and member states around the world committed to work toward! The new layout is colourful and clean and will be used to communicate the UN System in Namibia’s weekly calendar.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, PEPFAR and USAID is convening a meeting on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls and young women. The “Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation on HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Adolescent Girls and Young Women” aims to elaborate approaches and strategies for how best to reach adolescent girls and young women with HIV prevention in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

More than 100 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the meeting.  Participants will be a mix of technical experts, advocates, major donors, government officials and representatives of civil society organizations. The meeting will take place at Safari Hotel, Windhoek from 1-3 February 2017.

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. Learn more about this event: http://bit.ly/2j9xFIM

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. For this reason, UNIC Windhoek will be hosting a photography workshop for its staff on 2 February. The idea behind the workshop is to equip UNIC’s team members with the skills to take dynamic photos that tell stories and can be used to communicate the work of the United Nations.

World Cancer Day is commemorated each year on 4 February. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Learn more about this UN International Observance: http://bit.ly/1RwhII2

Did you know that 2017 is the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development? This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 12 – 18 December

monday-menu-12-18-decemberWhat’s cooking at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 12 – 18 December!

Today at 5 p.m. (10 a.m. NY time) the General Assembly will meet on the appointment of the Secretary-General of the United Nations; including a tribute to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the oath of office of the Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, in the General Assembly Hall. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2grSESg

The WHO Regional Office for Africa, is hosting the First Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).  Scheduled to take place at Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek from 12-13 December 2016, the meeting is organised under the slogan: “Healthy Systems, Healthy People” and is expected to attract over 200 participants including senior health systems technical leaders and policy makers of ministries of health and key stakeholders from 47 countries in Africa and around the globe.

The meeting aims to provide a regular platform for senior health systems technical leaders and policy makers of ministries of health and key stakeholders to review, discuss and coordinate country and inter-country health systems strengthening efforts towards attaining the health SDGs. The Forum is preceded by a high-level technical opening meeting, held on 8-9 December.

The National Planning Commission (NPC) and UNFPA will be hosting the Demographic Dividend Study and National Transfer Accounts (NTA) Workshop from 13-16 December.

UNDP together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will launch a carpentry workshop in Okongo, under the NAFOLA Community Forest Project. This will include the official handover of NAFOLA project equipment as well as a visit to the production site.

18 December is International Migrants Day. Learn more about this United Nations International Observance: http://bit.ly/1bywqXU

 

UN Namibia #MondayMenu: 28 November – 4 December

monday-menu-nov-28-dec-4What’s on UN Namibia’s #MondayMenu for 28 November – 4 December? Check it out!

The Namibia National AIDS Conference 2016, run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and development partners, kick started today, 28 November in Swakopmund. The Conference is being held under the theme, “Together we are ending AIDS”. Learn more about the conference: http://bit.ly/2gOa0xf

WHO Namibia/AFRO upon invitation of the MoHSS will host a team of external evaluators to determine Namibia’s readiness to prevent, detect, respond and manage major disease outbreaks from 28-2 December 2016, at Windhoek Country Club, Resorts and Casinos. Approximately 11 external evaluators from multiple disciplines will form part of the team. They are from the Academia; US Center for Diseases Control, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization representing Finland, United States of America, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Monrovia, South Africa, Italy, Peru, and Ethiopia.

The Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary, multi-sectoral process to assess country capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health risks whether occurring naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events. Collectively, these capacities are known as “health security.”

UNESCO will be training education directors from all regions at its Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Media Information Literacy (MIL) from 29 November to 2 December.

In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016 (1 December), the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. Read more: http://bit.ly/1vXglYr

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world.

The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. Read more: http://bit.ly/1tBHBFW