On the 8th of May 2017 the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek officially set into motion the two week High School Practicum Programme where young selected students from a variety of schools can engage themselves in the world of the United Nations (UN).
The day started off with a meet-and-greet with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Ms. Kiki Gbeho. The RC delivered an extremely motivational message inspiring the students to work hard, dare to be different, stand up for themselves and to take space, i.e. take your seat at the table, make use of opportunities. Through her motivational speech she put great emphasis on the “3 Es”, empowerment, education and employment.
After a brief tea break the participants received an insightful overview of the UN System. They learnt that the UN was started in October 1945 after the Second World War in order to promote peace and never allow such an event to occur again. Currently it has a total of 193 member states out of 196 existing countries. At first the UN did not have a large world membership but as the years passed more and more countries joined the organization, as the young people were orientated through a timeline. Namibia joined the UN in 1990 on the 23 of April. In order for a country to be a part of the UN they have to agree with “The Charter of the United Nations.” The students learnt that the current Secretary General is Antonia Guterres who replaced Ban Ki Moon at the start of the year 2017. 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 →