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
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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.
From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of
polio 116 million children to be immunized from coast
to coast across the continent, as regional emergency
outbreak response intensifies
24 March 2017 – Geneva/Brazzaville/New York/Dakar: More than 190
000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa
will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to
tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.
The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent. All children under five years of age in the 13 countries – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – will be simultaneously immunized in a coordinated effort to raise childhood immunity to polio across the continent. In August 2016, four children were paralysed by the disease in security-compromised areas in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, widely considered to be the only place on the continent where the virus maintains its grip.
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”.
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
the exercise of all human rights by the elderly)
UN House, Windhoek,
Monday 13 mars 2017
LET’S KILL MALARIA BEFORE IT KILLS US!
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (in March) declared a malaria outbreak in northern Namibia after reporting a total of more than 6000 cases of malaria since the beginning of this year, with the Kavango and Zambezi regions having recorded the most. The other affected regions include Ohangwena, Oshikoto, and Oshana.
UNICEF and NFA launch Galz & Goals Programme in
Zambezi and Oshana Regions
UNICEF, together with the Namibian Football Association (NFA), have expanded the Galz & Goals Programme to two new regions, Zambezi and Oshana.The expansion and launch of this sports for development programme, which was organised in the form of Festivals, attracted over 1,000 new girls who will now be part of this football and life skills development programme.
NAMBTS Staff become SDGs and social media savvy
through UNCG training
Staff members of the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NAMBTS), participated in an engaging training session on the importance of social media in the workplace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, 6 April 2017.The training session was facilitated by the social media savvy United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia, who educated the participants on the importance of creating a ‘relationship’ in the digital media world and how social media can be used to achieve development agendas.NAMBTS is a non-profit healthcare organization with the sole mandate to collect, test and issue blood products to all patients in Namibia. The organization recognized the importance of social media in reaching their target audience as well as for their employees to have the skills to create social media messages consistent with their brand and their policies. To cement this, NAMBTS solicited the help of UNCG Namibia to enlighten staff through an engaging training.
Staff members promise to Communicate as One for
the SDGs at UNCG Town Hall
On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) Namibia hosted a Town Hall for all United Nations (UN) Namibia staff members in order to rally support of the UN’s efforts to ‘Communicate as One for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The UNCG, which consists of focal points from agencies comprising the UN System in Namibia, is responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on communication-related joint activities in Namibia. These include internal communications (within and amongst different UN entities working in Namibia, including regional and headquarter entities) and external communications (with government, development partners, media and the wider public).
Cabinet approves the Zero Hunger Road Map
Prime Minister of Namibia, Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
The Government of Namibia recently approved the Zero Hunger Road Map during the first Cabinet session of 2017 which took place on 21 February 2017. The approval comes at the most opportune time when Namibia’s food security status is under threat due to harsh climatic conditions and cyclical natural disasters, especially droughts and floods. For example as a result of the El Niño-induced drought, thousands of livestock succumbed while crop production have been devastated, leaving more than 700,000 people food-insecure. A total 596,000 people are currently receiving food assistance from the government with more funding needed to meet increasing food and nutrition needs until March 2017. Currently, 42 percent of the population is undernourished.