On Thursday, 22 September 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek on behalf of the United Nations Partnership Assistance Framework (UNPAF) Poverty Pillar visited the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) for its Project Day, at which students had the opportunity to talk with ‘experts’ from diverse sectors in Namibia in regards to poverty eradication and urbanisation.
Starting off the morning, the experts introduced themselves to the students in the school’s auditorium. Then, the students had the opportunity to visit different classrooms to have one-on-one conversations with experts, to hear more information about each expert’s work as well as to ask questions.
Four groups of bright, enthusiastic learners visited UNIC Windhoek’s room to learn more about poverty in Namibia as well as the work of the United Nations. Starting off the presentation, Ms. Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer asked the students what poverty means to them. The students, who had an in-depth understanding of poverty, mentioned that there are two different types of poverty including absolute poverty and relative poverty. Continue reading →
The United Nations Family in Namibia met on Friday 25 July in the multipurpose venue to be briefed on the latest developments of UNPAF (United Nations Partnership Framework) 2014-2018. Following the successful launch of UNPAF at last year’s UN Day in Namibia and the signing off of the action plan for UNPAF on 8 July 2014 by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Namibia and the National Planning Commission in Namibia, UNPAF is now ready for the implementation phase. Continue reading →
Following the launch of the United Nations Partnership Agreement Framework (UNPAF), 2014-2018 in October 2013, 7 July 2014 marked the signing of the UNPAF Action Plan together with its two-year rolling work plans between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the United Nations System in Namibia. The UNPAF is aligned, programmatically, to the fourth National Development Plan (NDP-4) at strategic level, with a focus on higher level results, while at the same time also addressing critical downstream issues relating directly to human development. In order to support the implementation of NDP-4, the UNPAF builds on the four pillars of Institutional Environment; Education and Skills; Health; and Reducing Extreme Poverty. 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 →