The United Nations Country Team ( UNCT) which comprise of all heads of UN agencies in Namibia, paid a special courtesy visit to the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt today. The purpose of the visit was to sign the Condolence book which the Embassy has opened to mourn the late H.E. Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali. The late statesman was the Former Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Relations and the Former UN Secretary General, he passed away 16 February 2016.
H.E. Boutros Boutros Ghali became the first Secretary General from Africa in 1992, he served as the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations. Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon described Boutros-Ghali as a respected statesman and scholar of international law who brought formidable experience and intellectual power to the top UN job. The Secretary General further went on to say, “His commitment to the United Nations – its mission and its staff – was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the organization is indelible.”
In line with the UN System in Namibia’s UN70 commemorative activities, a live twitter session, using the hashtag #AsktheUN was held in collaboration with the Namibian newspaper on Friday 30 October 2015 from 10h00 – 12h00. Participating in the twitter session was the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Agency representatives from IOM, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, WFP AND FAO. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia were engaged in a two hour question and answer session with the general public, providing the UN a platform to interact with the broader public and answering questions related to all spheres of the UN System’s mandate in Namibia. Continue reading
On Friday, 9 October 2015, the United Nations System in Namibia hosted a press briefing to officially launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme unique to Namibia, “Youth, Development & Poverty.”
The speakers addressing the media included the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, Honourable Minister Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare as well as Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council. The United Nations Country Team in Namibia which comprise of all the heads of agencies were also in attendance and ready to engage with the media on the UN70 milestone as well as their various agency mandates. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate was also in attendance to share the platform with the UN System. Continue reading
Parliament is one of the key Government institutions responsible for overseeing the processes of the legislation. The UN’s main objective in working with parliament is to strengthen its capacity for improved public debate and policy dialogue and formulation. On 24 June 2015, a consultative meeting was held at the UN House in Namibia chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Musinga Bandora. The meeting was attended by the UN Country Team representatives in Namibia as well as the National Assembly representatives. Continue reading
On Monday, 28 July2014, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) members in Namibia met with the visiting official from the World Food Programme, Regional Director, Mr. Chris Nikoi.
Mr. Nikoi is from Ghana and recently took on the new responsibility as Regional Director for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean States. Prior to that, Mr. Nikoi spent over two and a half years working in South Sudan.
The country team hosted Mr. Nikoi at the UN House, where the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Namibia, Mr. Musinga Bandora, briefed the Regional Director on the current situation in Namibia. Mr. Bandora highlighted that the work of the UN in Namibia is taking place in a changing environment and despite the categorization of Namibia as an upper middle income country, serious inequalities remain in income, education, access to services and opportunities, etc.
He noted that the UN in Namibia has been engaging the Government of the Republic of Namibia over the past two years, taking due cognizance of the changing global and national development environment with lessening resources and a call to work with less and employ a changed role moving from development assistance to development partnership. Mr. Bandora expanded on the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) which was signed last year and action plans also signed off over the last couple of weeks, and noted that the UN in Namibia is in the due process of implementation in the areas of health, education and skills, poverty, poverty reduction and food security as well as normative aspects of strengthening the institutional environment, issues of governance, issues of gender equality as well as human rights. Mr. Bandora took the opportunity to commend WFP on the leading role taken with respect to the national response to the severe drought last year, through their leadership, developing tools for monitoring and for information systems. Continue reading
A UN – SADC Interactive Dialogue was held from 18-19 July 2014 in the coastal town, Swakopmund. The dialogue was the first of its kind ever held, between the United Nations and SADC to exchange views and share best practices on conflict prevention and mediation efforts around the region. The dialogue was convened under the auspices of the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, the Executive Secretary of SADC and with the collaboration of the SADC member states and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Dialogue was attended by senior government officials from SADC member states, SADC Secretariat Staff, UN Resident Coordinators based in Southern Africa, senior UN staff from New York and the region as well as representatives of the African Union and respected regional think tanks.
On Tuesday, 22 July 2014, the United Nations Country Team in Namibia met with Mr. Taye-Brook Zerihoun- UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, for a breakfast meeting at the Hilton Hotel in the capital city, Windhoek. The UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs touched on the future plans of the Department for Political Affairs, as well as his views on the political aspect of the 20/30 agenda. He called upon the need to strengthen partnerships in order to unite and successfully engage peace and security clusters. He stressed the importance of dialogues to strengthen cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations. The breakfast meeting was followed by a diplomatic briefing held at the UN house, with the resident diplomatic corps also meeting with the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs