UNODC joins forces with VSO to promote access to health

services in prisons in Southern Africa

12 November 2015, Windhoek

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) launched a Joint Regional Programme entitled: Promoting Human Rights and Access to Health Services in Prisons in Southern Africa. Southern Africa remains the epicenter of the global HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. Though the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) constitutes much less than 5% of the global population, it is home to about 20% of the people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the world. As prison populations globally tend to have a higher HIV prevalence than the general population, reducing transmission and improving treatment, care and support in prisons is an integral part of reducing the spread of infection in the broader society. This programme is designed around the understanding of the need to improve the situation at both policy and service delivery levels to contribute to more effective and sustainable improvement of health and realisation of rights of prison populations in the target countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In close cooperation with the Member States the Regional Programme will provide technical assistance for data collection and monitoring, advocacy, policy development, capacity building, coordination, health service delivery and rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-prisoners. The Regional Programme builds on and compliments the ongoing successful implementation of HIV in Prisons Programmes both by UNODC and VSO in Sub-Saharan Africa and will benefit from the joint experience and expertise. This Regional Programme is made possible by the financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Swedish International Development Agency and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. MAKING THE WORLD SAFER FROM DRUGS, CRIME AND TERRORISM UNODC Southern Africa 1059 Francis Baard Street, 2nd Floor | P.O. Box 12673, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa Tel: +27 12 432 0820 | Fax: +27 12 342 2356 Email: | Web: For more information please contact: Mr Andreas Zeidler, Programme Oversight Associate – HIV in Prisons United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Southern Africa Email: | Tel.: (+27) 012 432 0832 | Cell: (+27) 082 414 7106 Read the UNODC Comprehensive Package of Interventions on HIV and AIDS in Prison Settings here: aids/HIV_comprehensive_package_prison_2013_eBook.pdf  For further reading on UNODC and the global response to HIV see: 



Regional parliamentarian meeting closes with a commitment to

Strengthen Planning, Budgeting and Accountability for Nutrition

29 September, 2015, Windhoek

At the conclusion of a two-day meeting convened by the Inter- Parliamentary Union, Parliament of Republic of Namibia and UNICEF, seventy five members of parliament and representatives of civil society, NGOs and International Development Organisations, from nine countries in Southern Africa committed to do more in ensuring national governments allocate appropriate resources for Nutrition and have viable and sustainable plans to address the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable members of their society, especially women and children. In a final outcome document delegates reiterated they would continue to work towards advancing nutrition by adopting relevant legislation and helping to shape and oversee the implementation of national plans that would advance every child’s right to survive and develop to their full potential. They also committed to act to scale up nutrition measures that are child centred, allocate budgets, consolidate data on the most current nutrition situation and provide better oversight to hold government accountable. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Judy Matjila, UNICEF Windhoek, Tel: +264 61 204 6111, Cell: +264 81 127 5963, Brian Riruako, Parliament of Namibia, Cell: +264 812328893, 

Namibia celebrated UNESCO’s 70th anniversary

Windhoek on 28th October 2015:

The well attended event was a result of the cooperative efforts between the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) and UNESCO Windhoek Office. The 70th anniversary celebration reflected on UNESCO’s work in Namibia and revisited UNESCO’s orientations and programmes for the next decade and beyond. The event also highlighted the relevance of the Organization’s mandate and priorities in Namibia with particular focus on Sustainable development Goals in line with Namibia’s own Developmental Plans and strategies. Quoting his Excellency Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, the keynote speaker at the celebrations, Honurable Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation said, “Namibia is a child of international solidarity, midwifed by the United Nations.”  She added that, “this reminds us that the United Nations organisations such as UNESCO contributed immensely to the struggle for our independence, and to this day our global partners continue to provide technical and financial support towards our development.”    Honourable Kandjii-Murangi also emphasised that Namibia will continue to cooperate with UNESCO to implement the new post 2015 Development Agenda. “We expect UNESCO to play an increasing role in the post-2015 Development Agenda.  The just concluded 197th session of the Executive Board of UNESCO reiterated the role of UNESCO to support Member States in delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s),” she said. Speaking at the same event, UNESCO Windhoek Head of Office, Dr Jean Pierre Ilboudo highlighted some of the contributions of UNESCO’s work in Namibia.  “The office drives UNESCO’s mission to contribute to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture and communications and information,” said Dr Ilboudo. The former Prime Minister of Namibia Rt. Honourable Nahas Angula gave his reflection of UNESCO’s collaboration with Namibia before independence.  “My association with UNESCO dates back to around 1974 when I was in Zambia where I started a school for Namibian exiled children. UNESCO provided monthly stipends for teachers under an assistance program for the liberation movements,” he said.   A documentary about UNESCO’s contributions to Namibia was also screened at the event. The event was also attended by Ms. Kiki Gbeho, United Nations Resident Coordinator, members of the United Nations Country Team, Professor Tjama Tjivikua, Rector of Polytechnic of Namibia and Mandela Kepere, Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council, and members of the diplomatic community. 

UN launches UN70 under the theme: Youth, Development &


Windhoek, 09 October 2015:

Today the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia hosted a press briefing at the UN House in Klein Windhoek, to launch UN70 commemorative events in Namibia under the theme: Youth, Development & Poverty. UN Day falls on 24 October. The UN70 launch is aimed at highlighting UN activities centered around the theme which are scheduled to take place in the run up to the official United Nations Day in Namibia on 23 October 2015. UN70 Activities include: a Soccer Match against Poverty in collaboration with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare on 17 October 2015 in Katutura. A youth round table discussion on National Television to be aired on Sunday 18 October (NBC News Journal programme) exploring youth perspectives on tackling development issues. The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Kiki Gbeho is scheduled to host unique speaking engagements with youth in the north, south and central parts of the country drawing particular attention to the SDGs and the role of the Namibian youth in the development and poverty eradication agenda. Further activities include a live twitter session “Ask the UN” in collaboration with The Namibian Newspaper  on Friday, 16 October 2015 from 10h00 – 12h00 using the hashtag #AskTheUN. This social platform will engage the Namibian public and youth in particular, to share ideas on how youth can support and contribute to poverty eradication and development in Namibia.  UN Youth will speak to this theme and its relevance on various radio stations. The UN70 National Essay & Drawing competition winners will receive their prizes at UN Day on 23 October 2015 at the UNAM School of Medicine.  Following the official proceedings, the day will consist of UN and NGO Exhibits, a unique art and craft exhibition, as well as live performances by local youth. All Heads of Agencies in Namibia were in attendance. UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Kiki Gbeho highlighted that the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations is a momentous occasion in Namibia given the historic relations between the UN and Namibia, the global launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the link with H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia’s call for a ‘National war on poverty.’ She stressed the need to focus on youth as they form almost 75% of the population. Hon.Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare attended the press briefing and commended the UN for being a steadfast partner, he said that the  Ministry and Government stands ready to work with the UN on its 70th Anniversary to implement the SDGs and win the war on poverty for a peaceful and prosperous Namibia for all. Mr. Patrick Haingura, Acting Director for the Youth Directorate along with Mr. Kapere, Chairperson of the Board and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council were also in attendance. Haingura and Kapere shared the platform with the UN Heads of Agencies. Kapere stressed the importance of implementing social schemes such as the Basic Income Grant. He also stressed the important role of youth in development. Ends… FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Welda Mouton United Nations Information Centre Windhoek (UNIC) Tel: 061- 204 6346 E-mail: WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP) SUPPORTS ZERO HUNGER STRATEGIC REVIEW IN NAMIBIA

Windhoek on 10 September 2015.

Namibia reached a new milestone in the fight against hunger with the launch of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review on the Food and Nutrition Situation in Namibia at an inception meeting held in Windhoek on 10 September 2015. The workshop was organised by the National Planning Commission (NPC) with support from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and attracted high-level participation from OPM, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Namibia Statistics Agency, the Namibia Agronomic Board and NPC.  WFP, UNICEF and FAO also attended. The aim of the meeting was to gain stakeholder inputs into the upcoming strategic review on the food and nutrition security situation in Namibia, in particular the research agenda and methodology to be used as well as the expected outcomes and outputs. In his introductory remarks, NPC Permanent Secretary Leevi Hungamo commented that, while poverty rates had declined by 11% in the 2001 to 2011 decade, the levels of undernourishment had increased to 42.3% in 2014, compared to 27.3% in 2002, the PS noted. The strategic review would help government understand why, despite its commitment and the significant resources allocated to eradicate hunger, improvements to the food and nutrition security situation in Namibia did not fully reflect Government efforts. The purpose of the Strategic Review is to support national efforts to accelerate progress toward eliminating hunger in line with the African Union's Malabo Declaration to end hunger and the Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC).  It will also help Namibia to prepare for the post-2015 development agenda and the emerging Sustainable Development Goal Two (SDG2) to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The Strategic review will be conducted by a team of food security experts from September 2015 to October 2015 with WFP support and will be led by Advocate Bience Gawanas. In her concluding remarks, the WFP Country Director Jennifer Bitonde expressed her pleasure at the excellent level of coordination by the NPC and OPM in bringing together stakeholders and subject matter experts to discuss food and nutrition security challenges confronting the country and jointly finding solutions.  Referring to other countries such as Vietnam and Brazil which have managed to reduce stunting and undernourishment, she emphasized that hunger can be ended in Namibia if we believe and also learn from the experiences of those countries. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Ms. KIKI GBEHO officially assumes her duties as the UN

Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in


Namibia, Windhoek – 6 August 2015 -  

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia officially presented her credentials to the Deputy Minister International Relations and Cooperation, the Hon. H.E. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday, 5 August 2015. Ms. Kiki Gbeho has now officially assumed her duties as the Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Namibia. She is the chairperson of the UN Country Team (UNCT). As such she fulfills the responsibility of coordinating all UN entities in the country in order that the UN’s efforts are aligned with the Government’s development priorities and the needs and aspirations of the people of Namibia.  The UN Country Team remains committed to supporting the Government of Namibia’s vision 20/30 and to deliver on the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2014 -2018. The UN is also assisting the Government of Namibia to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to her role as the RC, Ms. Gbeho is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident   Representative, guiding the work of UNDP in Namibia. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Gbeho served the United Nations for over 20 years in various complex environments including in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. She also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York managing Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAs) operations in East Southern Africa. H.E. Nandi-Ndaitwah gave Ms. Gbeho a very warm welcome and made reference to her previous humanitarian experience by requesting UN support in the areas of disaster risk management (including in strengthening the implementation of the country’s Disaster Risk Management strategy, focusing on preparedness, response and mitigation) as well as overall coordination of the UN’s response to emerging humanitarian needs. The minister also mentioned the need to prioritize poverty alleviation.  Gbeho, is also joining the UN Family in Namibia at a time when the country is in the middle of a drought which challenges the country’s national food security amidst increasing food prices that are especially hard on the poor.  Ms. Gbeho assured the Minister that the UN is fully committed to supporting the Government in addressing the issue of poverty. Ms. Gbeho’s career began in Swakopmund 27 years ago, when she served as an electoral officer in UNTAG. The Minister therefore told Ms. Gbeho that she was “coming home.” Ms. Gbeho marveled at the changes she’s seen in Windhoek and Swakopmund since 1989. Ms. Gbeho expressed delight at the opportunity to serve in Namibia and she is committed to work together with the UNCT and the UN Family in support of the Government of Namibia and most importantly the people. It is evident that the wellbeing of the Namibian people, is high on Gbeho’s agenda and she communicated a keen interest in working with the Government on behalf of all Namibians. For more information please contact: Anthea Basson National Information Officer UNIC Windhoek Tel:  +26461 -2046408 Mobile: +264 (0)812463772 E-mail: ________________________________________________________________________

Namibia’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN


GENEVA (13 July  2015)  –

Namibia’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday 16 July in meetings that will be webcast live.  Namibia is one of the 189 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention.  The Committee will engage in a dialogue with a delegation from the Namibian Government on questions relating to the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the country, and will also hear from NGO representatives. The session will take place in Conference Room XVI at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10:00 - 17:00 (09:00 – 16.00 in Namibia.) The live webcast can be viewed at     Among the possible issues to be discussed are: measures to resolve inconsistencies between statutory and customary law; measures to combat violence against women, in particular rape and domestic violence; prejudices against women victims of violence, in particular by law enforcement officials; deep-rooted traditional stereotypes on role of women; forced/coerced sterilization, in particular of HIV-positive women.  Namibia’s report and further information can be found at: =en    The concluding observations on Namibia and the other States being reviewed – Senegal, Spain, The Gambia, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Croatia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  - will be published on 27July here: =en    ENDS To learn more about the Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination against Women, visit:  For more information and media requests, please contact Liz Throssell (+41 (0) 22 917 9466/  Treaty Bodies at a glance – pdf booklet:  UN Human Rights, follow us on social media: Facebook:  Twitter:  Google+ YouTube: _________________________________________________________________________

UNIC Windhoek launches essay competition for the International

Day of Friendship

Windhoek, 15 June 2015 -

United Nations Information Centre Windhoek has launched an Essay writing competition in light of the upcoming International Day of Friendship taking place on 30 July each year. The competition is targeted at primary school pupils from Grades four to seven. The theme of the essay competition “ reach out, make a friend” will challenge participants to write a story on how to go about making a new friend or reaching out to someone with no friends, and the impact this new friendship will have. Aspiring young writers can submit their essay to the United Nations Information Centre by 24 July 2015. The essay must be written in English and should be maximum 500 words in length, using font type Times New Roman 12. In addition the essays must be submitted electronically via email in word or doc format and should include the name, surname, date of birth, name of school, grade and an email address for further correspondence. The submission should be an original work and the top three essays will be published on the UNIC Windhoek and UN in Namibia website. The winner of the essay competition will receive a trophy and a certificate. The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is a day based on the recognition of the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world. Through the competition the Centre will create awareness on the significance of this day and the importance of friendship in our society. Submissions can be emailed to, enquiries can be directed to UNIC Windhoek Tel: 061 204 6144. Issued by: Anthea Basson National Information Officer Tel: 061 204 6346 E-mail:
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