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Lights out at UN HOUSE Namibia for #EarthHour

On 30 March 2019, the UN System in Namibia joined the millions across the globe in observing #EarthHour by switching off the lights of the UN compound from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, local time.

A great opportunity for the UN to lead by example and connect with the Earth in such a unique way. It is imperative to voice the importance of and put the spotlight on renewable energy which is clean AND green. Citizens should be encouraged to build the habit of turning off their lights whenever they are not needed. It is also important to know savings in energy and money will make the habit worthwhile. Turning off lights will also keep a room cooler, an extra benefit in the summer.

With an assortment of visuals, the UN virtually brought our audience content aimed to inspire them to interact with nature and empower them to take the protection of the Earth into their own hands.

Earth Hour intends to amplify the all-important conversation about the fate of our planet and move people to go beyond the hour to instigate change for the environment. With this year’s digital #Connect2Earth initiative, the UN in Namibia aims to spark conversations about the inter connectivity that exists in nature and the ways in which people feel connected to the environment. The UN Namibia used the hashtag on its social media platforms and prompted individuals to reflect on the impact they have on biodiversity.

One of the objectives of Earth Hour 2018-2020 is to meet the Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity:

“By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”

Educating people about the need to preserve biodiversity will more likely motivate them to make more sustainable decisions.

Given the alignment between climate change and sustainable development, the SDGs present an opportunity, as never before, to forward climate action and ensure tackling climate change is a priority for human development.

To ensure sustainability, we have to take action and make the right choices to steer the world away from a climate catastrophe.

Participants graduate with smiles from first High School Practicum Programme 2016

DSC_0457Participants graduated on Friday, 20 May 2016 from UNIC Windhoek’s High School Practicum Programme, hosted at a local restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia.

The participants dressed up for the graduation and went with the UNIC Windhoek team to Nyama, located in the centre of Windhoek. After finding their seats at the table, Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer for UNIC Windhoek thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to the programme.

DSC_0520The graduation ceremony followed and Anthea Basson handed over the certificates to each of the participants as well as assessments about each students’ performance, skills and improvement throughout the course of the programme.

Basson noted that the first intake of students had already set the bar high for the programme, she noted with pride how much positive growth she had seen in all the students and what a remarkable transformation it has been. “I encourage you to use these and similar platforms to build on the skills and knowledge you have been exposed to over the past couple of weeks and to nurture these to become well rounded, global citizens,” she concluded. Continue reading

Practicum Participant Gabriel presents on Goal #13: Climate Action

DSC_1252As part of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek’s Practicum Programme, one of the participants, Gabriel Hamwala, gave an engaging and educational presentation about the Sustainable Development ‘Goal #13: Climate Action.’

The Practicum Programme, aims to educate secondary students on the work of the United Nations as well as to provide the students with practical skills. Gabriel, who will be attending an Environmental Summit next week, was given an extra assignment in lieu of the final week of the programme.

DSC_1302Given the task of researching Goal #13 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Gabriel worked on his presentation for four days, utilizing resources in UNIC Windhoek’s library as well as putting in the extra effort and working on it at home.

On 11 May 2016,Gabriel presented on the goal to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on our world today. He first explained what the Sustainable Development Goals are, using a video to reiterate the ideas he had shared with his audience.

DSC_1258Following an in-depth introduction to the SDGs, Gabriel explained what climate change is, the effects of it as well as provided facts supporting his claims. He then went into the specific aims of Goal #13 and provided a holistic overview on the steps that need to be taken to comply with its objectives. Continue reading

Mother Earth, Climate Change and the Paris Agreement

DSC_0920Earth’s climate is changing? Increasing evidence shows that human activities will make a significant contribution in combatting climate change.

On 5-6 May 2016, UNIC Windhoek’s high school practicum session helped students understand climate change, its impacts and provide solutions and prepares them to take an active role in making good choices for both society and the environment, particularly in Namibia. The scholastic session also provided a briefing on the legally binding and universal agreement on climate, the Paris Agreement.

The detailed lesson plan examined evidence of different climate change effects on the world with a general focus on Namibia. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek participates in Namibian Women’s Association Climate Change workshop for the Namibian Children’s Movement

DSC_0423The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.

Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.

DSC_0461UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.

There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading

UNIC launches 55 Facts about Climate Change & Paris Agreement Social Media Campaign


Earth 1-5Starting on April 1st, 55 facts about climate change and the Paris Agreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media pages in order to educate the broader Namibian public about climate change and the Paris Agreement.

The Campaign will run until April 22, Mother Earth Day, at which world powers will go to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the Agreement into effect.

The Campaign will utilize the hashtags: #55Facts, #ClimateChange and #ParisAgreement. 55 is an educational number that represents an important part of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

As stated in UNFCC’s Adoption of the Paris Agreement Proposal by the President, “This Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.”

Each day, one fact about #ClimateChange and one fact about the #ParisAgreement will be cross-posted on UNIC Windhoek’s social media platforms. Every other day there will be an extra fact in order to fit in 55 facts by the end of the day on April 22. Dynamic videos and photos will also be included in the campaign. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General appoints Red from the Angry Birds as Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness

Angry_Birds_-_Social_Graphic_-_HappinessThe United Nations encourages young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy on the International Day of Happiness


18 March, New YorkThe United Nations today announced a campaign to encourage young people to step up their actions to address climate change and ensure sustainable and happier future for all.

The campaign is launched in partnership with the Angry Birdsthe globally renowned mobile game characters – to make a direct link between tackling climate change and people’s happiness and well-being on the occasion of the International Day ofHappiness.

The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world – and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who appointed Red of the Angry Birds as an Honorary Ambassador for Green at a launch event at UN Headquarters in New York.

“We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green. There is no better way to mark theInternational Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all,” Mr. Ban said.

The campaign, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the UN Development Programme and UN Foundation, asks the general public across the world to make theAngry Birds happy by taking actions on climate change and sharing their photos and commitments on social media platforms using the common hashtag#AngryBirdsHappyPlanet. By recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example, individuals can share tips on how they can live sustainably and happily in their everyday lives.

As part of his ambassadorial duties, Red will go on a “virtual world tour” starting on 21 March, highlighting various ways to take climate action. His tour will take him to Paris, where countries adopted an historic agreement to address climate change in December, and will end in New York, where world leaders will sign the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters on 22 April.

During the launch event, the voice actors from the upcoming Angry Bird movie, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph, and producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder gave hundreds of students gathered in the iconic UN General Assembly Hall asneak preview of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign materials, including public service announcements created to support the campaign. They also asked the young audience for their support to the campaign by doing their part to make a difference on climate change.

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Learning about Climate Change & the Paris Agreement

group picOn Friday, 26 February 2016 UNIC Windhoek hosted a Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Outreach Programme at Jakob Marengo Secondary School in Katutura, Windhoek. With over 70 students accompanied by a team of teachers, the team was ready to create dialogue on a topic under discussion across the globe!

During the presentation, the UNIC Windhoek team displayed photos depicting climate change in Namibia. Grade 12 students pensively thought about the photos and were asked to define what climate change is and how it caused what was depicted in the photos.

sharing ideasThe students eagerly raised their hands and many students cited the drought, which has ravaged Namibia’s landscape for the past several years, as the cause of what they were seeing in the photos.

After this interactive discussion, the UNIC Windhoek team explained what climate change is and the science behind the Green House Effect.

cop21Through verbal explanation as well as a video depicting climate change across the globe, UNIC Windhoek explained that with the burning of fossil fuels and other human influences, there has been an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which has resulted in the Earth becoming warmer.

This has caused changes in the water cycle, weather patterns, ecosystems and global temperatures.Then, the students were asked to look at the photos again, but this time to think about the impact climate change has had on Namibia’s people and economy. The students, who have experienced climate change on a day to day basis, were eager to share how they had seen climate change impact the nation. Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek creates #ParisAgreement #Means4Me video

The UNIC Windhoek team created a video about what the Paris Agreement means to them.

The historic Paris Agreement, which was drafted at COP21, is an agreement between 195 nations to fight climate change that will be signed on 22 April this year. Through the agreement, nations will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change in order to move towards a sustainable future.

This video is part of an initiative run by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). People from around the globe were encouraged to share thoughts about the Paris Agreement using the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me.

“The Paris Agreement can only be successful if everyone fully supports it and helps bring it to life- from national, regional and local leaders; from investors and businesses to citizens who desire to live in a safe and prosperous world, and who want to actively shape that world” UNFCCC said in its UN Climate Change newsroom regarding the initiative. Continue reading

WebEx session with journalists on Climate Change

Wev ex 1Climate change is widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe. 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will be gathering in Paris from 30 November to 11 December to reach a meaningful and universal agreement on climate that would put the world on a path to limit global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Addressing and raising awareness, climate change is central to the work of the United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek. In light hereof UNIC Windhoek invited four media outlets to attend a WebEx session for journalists in Africa, hosted by Mr. Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. The session was held at UNIC offices in Windhoek. Continue reading