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Commemoration of Human Rights Day

Windhoek – United Nations Information Centre Windhoek highlighted the importance of Human Rights Day by doing an outreach to media houses in Namibia. UNIC organized a television feature with the UN Resident Coordinator as well as a pre-recorded radio interview and interview for the newspaper on Human Rights.

hr-day-1024x853Human Rights Day is a public holiday in Namibia in which case some of the interviews were scheduled prior to the day to raise awareness. A live radio discussion also took place about Human Rights Day in Namibia, how the day came into being and what it means for Namibians and the world at large. Mr.Bandora also highlighted the campaign theme of this year’s Human Rights Day “My voice counts” and the importance of the rights of all people.

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Training of Trainers for Model United Nations Namibia

Windhoek – UNIC organized a training workshop for University students and High School graduates to make them ‘trainers’ for Model United Nations. The two-day workshop (28-29 November 2012) introduced the participants to the work of the United Nations.

Tertiary level students and high school learners receive two day training to assist UNIC in expanding MUN in Namibia

Tertiary level students and high school learners receive two day training to assist UNIC in expanding MUN in Namibia

Most of the participants were delegates or volunteers at the first two Model UN conferences in Namibia in 2012. Based on their practical experience with the simulation the training focused on how to establish a Model UN club at further schools in order to expand the programme in Windhoek. The team of UNIC Windhoek put together a handbook, ‘how to train a Model UN club’. This handbook includes six parts, which were discussed and practiced during the two-day training – (1) Introduction to the work of the UN, (2) Rules of Procedure of Model UN, (3) Practicing Rules of Procedure, (4) Public Speaking, (5) Research and (6) UN Resolution Writing. All the provided exercises were practiced within the group.

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Launch of UNCTAD Report

Windhoek – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched the “Information Economy Report 2012”, subtitled The Software Industry and Developing Countries. UNCTAD serves as the think tank for issues relating to development. This year, 2012 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Reports which UNCTAD produce on an annual basis.

Anthea Basson, UNIC (United Nations Information Centre) pictured with Antti Piispanen, Councillor of the Finnish Embassy, represented UNCTAD at the launch

Anthea Basson, UNIC (United Nations Information Centre) pictured with Antti Piispanen, Councillor of the Finnish Embassy, represented UNCTAD at the launch

At a press conference organized by UNIC, the media as well as stakeholders from educational institutions, government and the private sector were represented.  The report highlighted the large potential developmental gains from software as well as the key role governments should play in fostering software capabilities and in strengthening their national software systems.

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UN Bikers Ride On – Speak Out welcoming ceremony

Windhoek – A squad of 19 Bikers was escorted into Windhoek by the City Police as they made their third stop since leaving Johannesburg on Monday 26 November 2012. The motorcyclists are undertaking a motorbike ride across nine Southern African countries as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Bikers arrival at Penduka

Bikers arrival at Penduka

The bikers will cover a total distance of 7,800km.The Southern Africa Regional UN Women Office and the Indian Ocean Islands, in partnership with the Harley Davidson South Africa has embarked on this campaign to mobilize men and the private sector for action and engagement against gender based violence.

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Training of UNA members in MUN programme

Windhoek – During 2012, the Model UN programme in Namibia gained great momentum following the hard work of UNIC team in ensuring adequate training and organizing two conferences.  With the vision to expand the programme to the regions, UNIC is partnering with United Nations Association Namibia (UNA) to spread the MUN programme to learners outside Khomas Region.

Training session for UNA Namibia - on Model UN

Training session for UNA Namibia – on Model UN

UNIC designed a programme for MUN Club start ups and facilitated a “train the trainer workshop.” Nine UNA liaison officers attended the workshop with the aim to take the programme out to the regions in Namibia. The workshop guided the liaison officers through the fundamentals of Model UN, language, rules and procedures and offered practical ways in which to make the programme resonate with young high school learners. With the assistance of two bright Model UN members, UNIC demonstrated to the participants, how to use MUN language, how the rules and procedures are used in a session and how to encourage public speaking and research.

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ICT and Management training for Community Media for the Hardap Region – Mariental

Windhoek – This joint project relates to assistance in the development and adoption of an inclusive information and knowledge policy and strategy by community centres for contributing towards the universal access of information and dissemination of it.

Participants during the training were very focused

Participants during the training were very focused

The project is implemented in partnership with UNIC, UNESCO and Ministry of ICT. A survey was conducted for the Hardarp region to determine the capacity needed for community media centres in the Hardap region. Following the outcome of the survey, it was found that the most prominent need in this case was on basic IT, Management and Administration, marketing and networking.

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Windhoek International Sports Field

Windhoek – UN Employees and their family members gathered on Saturday 17 November 2012 at the Windhoek International School Sport Field to enjoy the annual UN Family day and UN Cares Wellness Day.  The day was combined to bring together all employees to relax with their families and take advantage of all the wellness service providers who exhibited their products and services.

The UN family showing their moves during a "Zumba" dance class demonstration

The UN family showing their moves during a “Zumba” dance class demonstration

From early morning, the children were on the jumping castle and slippery slide – a welcome manner to cool off in the heat! The teenagers played basketball and soccer and moved to the sounds of the DJ in the background. Under the wellness banner, Dr Botha was on site to provide information in the field of psychosocial support. In addition, three gyms displayed information and held demonstrations at the fun day. A yoga session took place and really gave some of the participants the opportunity to stretch and flex with the yoga instructor. One of the highlights was certainly the Zumba dance class offered – the UN family moved to house music as they rhythmically followed the instructor’s moves. Who would have guessed that dancing could work up such a sweat!  It drew scores of youngsters too who could easily do all the moves!

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MUN club meeting discussion and trophy handover

Windhoek – During the last Model UN Club meeting for Windhoek International School (WIS), UNIC Windhoek handed over the MTN Business Floating MUN trophy to the club teacher and members. With their school name now officially engraved on a gold plaque, WIS will hold onto the title as “best school” until the next MUN High School Conference takes place in 2013.

Julia from UNIC handing the trophy to the MUN Club teacher Nancy with some of the club members.

Julia from UNIC handing the trophy to the MUN Club teacher Nancy with some of the club members.

In the same meeting, discussions were facilitated by UNIC’s Julia Hilbig on the role of media in international politics. The learners got the task to research on the questions “How free should media be?” and “Who should control media in times of globalized information flow?” Club members were drawn into the debate and went back and forth challenging one another with insightful observances and questions such as “would one consider media to befree, if it is regulated?” Other members remarked on the importance and varying cultural, religious and political views of people across the globe and how the media can either present these views accurately or misconstrue and thereby create wrong perceptions.

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UNIC Windhoek serves as the guest speaker at the Namibian Defence Force

Windhoek – The United Nations Information Centre served as the guest speaker at the Namibian Defence Force fifth intake of the Junior Staff Course (JSC) at the Okahandja, Osana Military Base.

Junior Staff members present at the lecture.

Junior Staff members present at the lecture.

The aim of the course is to broaden student officer’s academic background and enable them to comprehend the intricacies and functions of the international and regional political order and the insemination it imposes upon one’s country.

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The Namibian Prime Minister Hon. Nahas Angula leads the Nation in commemorating the 67th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations

Windhoek – The UN staff in Namibia arrived in large numbers alongside members of the Diplomatic Corp, heads of Civil Societies, Senior Government officials and the guest of honour, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister, Nahas Angula to mark the 67th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

The Resident Coordinator, Mr Musinga Bandora and the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Nahas Angula, with the help of two youngsters did the honours in cutting the cake for UN Day

The Resident Coordinator, Mr Musinga Bandora and the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Nahas Angula, with the help of two youngsters did the honours in cutting the cake for UN Day

The public high-level get-together welcomed all with an exciting and colourful UN Day Knowledge Fair, which served as a forum for networking and collaboration with UN working partners. The Knowledge Fair featured recent publications available at the UN library as well as the latest research done on the intersection of agriculture, nutrition, and health. Guests were also entertained with short videos on topics related to the work done on agriculture, nutrition, and health.

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