Vision To be the leading partner in Namibia’s pursuit of its national development vision and goals consistent with internationally agreed standards and norms.Mission The UN, ‘Delivering as One’ in Namibia uses its expertise to champion and support interventions aimed at addressing economic and social inequalities thus contributing to prosperity, dignity, peace and full realization of human rights.
Message from the Resident
Kiki Gbeho, UN Resident Coordinator
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia website. These are exciting yet challenging times at the United Nations and I hope our portal creates an opportunity for our valued visitors around the world to learn more about UN operations, strategies, services, sustainability initiatives, and values.This website is part of the United Nation Country Team (UNCT) in Namibia’s commitment to transparency and open communications with all our stakeholders as well as to the wider public interested in our work
12 December 2016, Windhoek, Namibia/Brazzaville, Congo
The First Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) opened today in Windhoek, Namibia with the theme Healthy Systems, Healthy People: Making Universal Health Coverage Work for Africa. The Forum, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in collaboration with the Government of Namibia, will initiate the WHO Africa Region’s actions towards implementation of the health SDG and Universal Health Coverage. In particular, the Forum aims to bring the technical leadership of Ministries of Health together with partners and other stakeholders to share experiences and agree on an African approach to building sustained, resilient and robust health systems. It will also aid countries to create a set of common measurable actions needed to develop effective health systems across the region in order to propel them towards attaining Universal Health Coverage and achieving the SDGs.albinism.”
20 March - Int’l Day of Happiness 21 March - Int’l Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination21 March - World Poetry Day21 March - International Day of Nowruz21 March - World Down Syndrome Day21 March - International Day of Forests22 March - World Water Day
International Day on the Elimination of Violence
against Women – 25 November
Joint call by UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women and all other
global and regional mechanisms to end femicide and gender-based
GENEVA (22 November 2016) – Speaking ahead of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Inter- American Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, the United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention(MESECVI) and the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO), * as key global and regional women's rights expert mechanisms, jointly call for intensification of international, regional and national efforts for prevention of femicides and gender based violence.
Secretary-General Wishes Peace, Prosperity to
Successor, Member States, in General Assembly
12 December 2016: Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon’s remarks to the General Assembly plenary meeting to pay
tribute to the Secretary-General and the taking of the oath of office
by Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, in New York
Thank you for your very kind words and for your trust. I am deeply moved by your tributes. Serving as Secretary-General of this great organization, has been a great privilege for me of a lifetime.As some of you said, I am a child of the United Nations. After the Korean War, United Nations aid fed us. United Nations textbooks taught us. United Nations global solidarity showed us we were not alone. For me, the power of the United Nations was never abstract or academic. It is the story of my life, and many Korean people. It is a story of many millions, and millions of people around the world, many children, young boys and girls. This profound appreciation grew even stronger every day during my service with the United Nations.For the past 10 years, I have been honoured to serve alongside the many courageous, dedicated and talented women and men of the United Nations. I have seen the power of international cooperation in taking on our most pressing challenges, and I have seen the United Nations open its doors wider than ever to civil society and many partners to help us transform our world.
New Permanent Representative of Namibia Presents
(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)
The new Permanent Representative of Namibia to the United Nations, Neville Melvin Gertze, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.Before his latest appointment, Mr. Gertze was Chief of Protocol in his country’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, having previously been Ambassador to Germany, the Holy See, Poland and Turkey in a period extending from 2009 to 2015. In 2008, he was appointed non-resident Ambassador to the Philippines and Thailand.Between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Gertze served as Namibia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, prior to which he was Commercial Counsellor to South Africa from 1997 to 2003. He also saw service as Personal Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-1997), First Secretary at the Embassy of Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995, and Desk Officer for Asia and the Pacific in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, in 1990.Holding degrees from institutions in South Africa, Mr. Gertze has a bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in business administration from Midrand Graduate Institute in Johannesburg.Born on 5 August 1966, he is married and has two children.View press release here: http://www.un.org/press/en/2017/bio4916.doc.htm
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism
12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that will start in few days. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs."This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Accounting for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.
The UN Country Team in Namibia holds its Annual
During the period 06-09 February 2017, in Swakopmund, Namibia
Swakopmund, 14 February 2017 – The United Nations Country Team
(UNCT) Namibia, under the leadership of the UN Resident
Coordinator, Ms. Kiki Gbeho, held its 2017 Annual Retreat, a strategic
review and planning session.
The main purpose of the retreat was to review the UN Country Team’s progress against its 2016 work plan as well as plan for the year 2017 and beyond. The retreat also provided an opportunity for the UN Country Team to engage the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), on key emerging development issues. The 2017 Annual retreat was held under the theme: “UN Delivering together towards Namibia’s Prosperity”.The Country Team was joined by Honorable Lucia Iipumbu, the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning plus a team of technical staff members from the National Planning Commission. The Team also paid a brief courtesy visit to the Governor of the Erongo Region, Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua, who expressed gratitude towards the UN System’s work in the country.
The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic
Republic of the Congo ends
Brazzaville, 14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country
today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December
2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new
confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six
“We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak in recent years through the strong and coordinated response by national authorities, local health workers and partners,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, commending the unprecedented and immense response to the outbreak. The outbreak, which was first detected in Angola in December 2015, had caused 965 confirmed cases of yellow fever across the two countries, with thousands more cases suspected. The last case detected in Angola was on 23 June 2016 and DRC’s last case was on 12 July the same year.
UN expert to assess human rights situation of older
persons in Namibia
GENEVA (28 February 2017) – United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Namibia from 2 to 13 March 2017 to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country. The Independent Expert noted that the upcoming visit to a member of the Group of Friends on the Human Rights of older persons will be an important opportunity to identify both best practices and gaps in the implementation of existing laws related to the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons.
WHO-implemented PARMaCM ends
By: WHO Namibia
The European Union (EU), World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Social Services celebrated the successful results of the four year (2013- 2016) Programme for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality Programme in Namibia (PARMaCM). Some of the achievements include the provision of functional Newborn Sections; improved delivery rooms and operating theatres in selected hospitals; providing training to doctors, midwives and health workers; building three Maternity Waiting Homes in Gobabis, Okongo and Katima Mulilo; and granting medical equipment to hospitals and health centres, among others. PARMaCM was implemented by WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and funded by the EU with an amount of 10 Million Euros. Speaking at the PARMaCM closure luncheon, Acting WHO Representative to Namibia Dr. Desta Tirunah said, “WHO would like to thank the EU, for the confidence and trust they have in our evidence-based technical guidance and programmatic implementation”.
IOM Southern Africa Regional Director’s fruitful visit to
By: IOM Namibia
Windhoek- IOM Regional Director (RD) for Southern Africa, Mr. Josiah Ogina, visited Namibia between 15-18 February 2017 to present his credentials to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MoIRC) and to engage with stakeholders. Mr. Ogina had meetings with Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Hon. Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Hon. Erkki Nghimtina, Deputy Minister for National Planning Commission Hon. Lucia Iipumbu, Deputy Minister for Gender Equality and Child Welfare Hon. Lucia Witbooi. The RD was very impressed by the warm welcome from the Government of Republic of Namibia (GRN) and their keen interest to partner with IOM.
International Condom Day quiz:
How much do you really know about condoms?
By: UNFPA Namibia
In commemoration of the 2017 International Condom Day and its theme of “Always in Fashion,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with UN Cares and the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN) Namibian Chapter on 13 February 2017 organized a condom quiz fair themed “Condomize don’t Compromise” for UN Staff and visitors to the UN House to test their knowledge of condoms. Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and unwanted pregnancy, hence this year’s theme “Always in Fashion” which denotes that fashion may come and go but condoms are ever to stay, thus the need for sustained promotion of condoms in our society. ‘How often does a male condom fail?’, ‘How many STIs can a person have at the same time?’, ‘What is PrEP?’ were some of the questions participants had to ponder in return of a goodie. The fun event took place at the UN House in Windhoek.
UNDP brings Empretec to Namibia
By UNDP Namibia
The Government of the Republic of Namibia together with UNDP Namibia, in a continued effort to fight the war on poverty and attain Vision 2030, are working together to strengthen entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Namibia.Under the auspices of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Ministry of Trade and Industrialization, the Ministry of Higher Education, government has engaged Empretec Ghana.Empretec’s core product is the Entrepreneurship Training Workshop (ETW), which aims to foster the motivation and self-confidence of participants who have chosen to start or expand their businesses. It is based on behavior, designed to unleash personal entrepreneurial potential.
UNCG Internal Training builds capacity and unity
The United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) Namibia held an internal training programme at the UN House from 1-3 March as a way to build capacity and promote a sense of teamwork and unity among its members.The Chair of the UNCG and UNESCO Representative to Namibia Dr. Jean-Pierre Ilboudo kicked off the training, emphasizing the importance of communication in promoting the work of the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia.“As a team, it is important for us to share our diverse skill sets with one another in order to ensure that the UNCG can spread the word of the United Nations to as many people as possible in Namibia,” Dr. Ilboudo said. The three-day programme, which was organized by the Chair and the UNCG Secretariat, UNIC Windhoek, included trainings on videography, photography, social media, digital layout, communication methodologies, mobile applications and communication for development.
More can and needs to be done to fight old age poverty
– UN expert urges Namibia
WINDHOEK / GENEVA (13 March 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, today commended the Namibian Government for “its political determination and vision on how to improve the lives of all Namibians by 2030 and to protect their human rights”, and “urged the Government to deliver on its promises.”
Déclaration à l’issue de la visite officielle en Namibie
de Mme Rosa Kornfeld-Matte - première Experte
Indépendante chargée de promouvoir l’exercice par les
personnes âgées de tous les droits de l’homme
(Statement at the end of the official visit to Namibia
by Mrs Rosa Kornfeld-Matte - the first Independent Expert to promote