On the 24th October, the United Nations (UN) in Namibia celebrated 73 years of existence under the theme #UnitedwithUNNamibia. This entailed visiting different community centres: The Humble Care Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre, the Katutura Old Age Home, the Central Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward and the International University of Management (IUM).
Since its formation, the UN’ s goals have been to protect human rights and ensure peace for all. In Namibia, the UN has established itself as a trusted partner in its fight against poverty and in the path towards sustainable development. While challenges remain, Namibia has made great strides in line with national and international development agendas.
Reiterating the UN’s support in addressing these challenges, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Rachel Odede said, “Our partnership framework with the Government, the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023, outlines our plan of action to ensure that we eradicate poverty and inequality. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also clear, we must end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all.”
Odede visited the ECD with colleagues from the UN and the Ministry of Education. Giving children a solid foundation in the early years is the best investment society can make in ensuring they succeed in life. The UN donated educational materials to help build that foundation, as well as healthy snacks, two trees and a pledge to donate a water tank. The children also learned about the importance of sanitation, how and when to wash their hands properly.
Dennia Gayle, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative led another group of staff to the IUM, to discuss the UN’s work in Namibia, and encourage involvement of the youth to bring positive change. The UN emphasized the importance of active youth participation in shaping the future, both for themselves, and for those to come. The youth make up over 66% of Namibia’s population, and are imperative for sustainable development.
Farayi Zimudzi, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Representative, and Ruusa Mushimba, of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) led the group of staff members that visited the Old Age Home in Katutura. They planted two trees, engaged in fruitful conversations about senior citizen concerns and opinions on a variety of topics and shared a meal with the elderly.
The final group, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Dr. Sagoe-Moses and UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta, visited patients at the Central Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward. They donated educational materials, and played a variety of games with the children, alongside volunteers from St. Pauls!
The UN remains committed to upholding dignity and human rights for all people, protecting the planet and eradicating poverty, to ensure that no one is left behind.