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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


UNCG Namibia commits to ‘Communicating as One’ at annual retreat

The United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) in Namibia discussed communication priorities and set the 2017 Work Plan at its annual retreat in Swakopmund, Namibia from 15-16 November 2016.

The annual retreat was led by the Chair of the UNCG and Head of the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization of the United Nations (UNESCO) Dr. Jean Pierre Ilboudo, alongside Ms. Anthea Basson serving on behalf of the UNCG Secretariat. This hands-on event included a two-day programme that covered a wide-range of communication priorities.

The purpose of this retreat was also to allow the team to build a community, to network and to begin enhancing team building and leadership skills.

The benefits in investing in the UN Namibia Communications team was evident in the following:

  • Developing and aligning strategic initiatives,
  • Strengthening skill building,
  • Increase the understanding of communication styles,
  • Increase UNCG morale by managing through relationships, relevance and measurement,
  • Generating synergy and collaboration.

Through lively discussions about the successes and challenges in communicating the work of the UN System in Namibia, the UNCG in Namibia was able to identify areas through which ‘Communicating as One’ can be improved upon.

The retreat started out with evaluations by each thematic group, namely the groups dealing with communication tools, international observances and the communication strategy.

Day One at the retreat started with an in-depth analysis of the UNCG Communication Strategy and aligning it with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014-2018. Through a joint effort, key messages were drafted in line with the four pillars of UNPAF, namely institutional environment, health, education and poverty eradication.

On Day Two of the retreat, the UNCG in Namibia identified areas through which its members would like to receive training and subsequently planned internal trainings to commence in February 2017. Each member will provide the training as a way to promote skills development amongst all the members.

This was followed by an analysis of the Terms of Reference (TORs) of the UNCG in Namibia, a discussion about engagement with the youth on the SDGs and an evaluation of the proposed budget for 2017.

Day Two came to a close with a discussion on how the UNCG in Namibia can practically implement ‘Communicating as One’ as well as the use of digital platforms to achieve this goal.

In his closing and thank you remarks, Dr. Jean Pierre Ilboudo encouraged the UNCG in Namibia members to continue with their hard work and positively contributing to communicating the work of the UN System in Namibia.