Share Humanity: Stand #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the
World Humanitarian Day, commemorated each year on 19 August, is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.Due to the drought’s far-reaching impacts warranting specialized humanitarian intervention, the United Nations System in Namibia (UN Namibia) is encouraging the Namibian people to #ShareHumanity by standing #UnitedwithUNNamibia against the drought.
Will Plain Packaging make a difference?
By: The World Health Organization (WHO) Namibia
Advocacies at global and national levels to control tobacco and minimize its health impacts have witnessed tremendous progress despite pressure from the Tobacco Industry. In Africa:•26 countries have banned advertising in public places•22 countries have banned on tobacco promotion and sponsorship•49.6% of the schools include tobacco use prevention in school curriculumTobacco use however remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death. As is true with any other treaties, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control confers legal obligations on its Parties – that is, on the countries such as Namibia who have formally acceded to it. The WHO Framework Convention and its guidelines provide the foundation for countries to implement effective tobacco control policies and manage tobacco control programmes. Member States in the African Region are developing and enforcing tobacco control measures based on their obligations under the Convention.Namibia has made big strides towards reducing the burden of tobacco on its population. However, the fight has just begun with the implementation of the tobacco control regulations in April 2014. It has also increased tax on tobacco products. Namibia is well poised to further strengthen the fight against the tobacco through ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Namibia has also adopted the pictorial warnings and 3evidence suggests that those pictorial warnings significantly increase people's awareness of the harms of tobacco use and reduce the number of children/youth who begin to smoke.
UN Namibia congratulates UNAIDS Special Advocate Geingos
At a luncheon today, the UN System in Namibia congratulated Ms. Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls and discussed the opportunities that her appointment brings in the fight to end AIDS / HIV.Windhoek, 11 October 2016 – The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia congratulated the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madam Monica Geingos on her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at a luncheon today as well as discussed the opportunities her appointment brings to Namibia.Ms. Geingos was named a UNAIDS Special Advocate in September 2016, around the same time as the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With her appointment, she will champion of Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free, an agenda to put the world on a Super-Fast-Track to end AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020."It is a role I accepted with great relish as it speaks to our shared dream of a HIV-free generation, which is able to harness its full potential," Ms. Geingos said at the luncheon.
UN System in Namibia celebrates partnerships and the SDGs
on United Nations Day
Windhoek, 24 October 2016: Today, the UN System in Namibia observed United Nations Day at Windhoek International School (WIS). The Namibian commemoration was held under the auspices of partnership i.e. "Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Partnerships and the work of the UN in Namibia".
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.
The African Region to initiate action towards the attainment of
the Health SDGs by strengthening health systems
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.”
Secretary-General Wishes Peace, Prosperity to Successor,
Member States, in General Assembly Tribute Statement
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 today:
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 Credentials
(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
The UN Country Team in Namibia holds its Annual Retreat
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.
UN expert to assess human rights situation of older persons in
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.
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.”
Namibia congratulates and welcomes new Director-General of
The Government and people of the Republic of Namibia congratulate and welcomes with pride Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebrysus of Ethiopia as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Tedros is the first African to lead the WHO, a United Nations agency, in its almost 70-year history.The elections were conducted by the WHO under more open and democratic rules then previously. During the two years of campaigning, Dr. Tedros received the full support of Member States of the African Union (AU) and many other countries from all corners of the world. Namibia is singularly proud to be associated with this campaign.
UN Public Service Day: Encouraging youth to become public
23 June 2017, Windhoek: The United Nations (UN) Public Service Day, observed annually on 23 June, recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent public service. The day aims to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community, highlights the contribution of public service in the development process, recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector. The observance originates from the declaration of the Pan African Conference of Ministers of Public Service held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994, where the Ministers agreed to celebrate African Public Service Day to recognize the value and virtue of service to the community. The UN subsequently declared 23 June as the UN Public Service Day.
UN Namibia launches #TourismTuesday campaign
4 July 2017, WINDHOEK: The UN System in Namibia is launching #TourismTuesday, a six-month digital media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development.The six-month campaign will begin on Tuesday, 4 July and will continue throughout the year, ending in December. Through publishing a series of articles and sharing facts on Tuesdays, the UN System in Namibia will make use of digital platforms to educate the public on Namibia’s rich biodiversity and how imperative its protection is in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting sustainable tourism.
UN Namibia warns public about scammers
7 July 2017, Windhoek: The United Nations (UN) System in Namibia (UN Namibia) would like to warn the Namibian public to beware of scams implying association with UN Namibia and its agencies and/or its programmes. Recently, UN Namibia’s name was implicated in several identity fraud cases in Windhoek with fraudsters pretending to be representatives of UN agencies, namely the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Scams request detailed information and/or money from individuals, businesses or non-profit organizations with the promise that the victims will receive funds or other benefits in return. Others ask for registration fees for conferences allegedly sponsored by UN agencies and for hotel reservations, again with the promise of certain benefits. Another type of scam proposes employment opportunities with UN agencies. These scams sometimes carry the UN logo, or logos of agencies of the UN System, and originate from or refer to e-mail addresses made to look like an agency or UN address.
NPC and UN Namibia host 2017 Development Partners’ Forum
19 July 2017, Windhoek:
The National Planning Commission (NPC) in partnership with the United Nations (UN) System in Namibia hosted the 2017 Development Partners’ Forum (DPF) to brief development partners (DPs) on the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) Implementation Plan. The event, which took place at the UN House in Namibia, was attended by over 70 people representing the Bilateral and Multilateral Institutions, the Private Sector, Academia and Research Institutions as well as Civil Society Organizations.Under the theme ‘Partnering Towards Namibia’s Prosperity’ the Forum aimed to provide an opportunity for the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) to brief DPs on the NDP5 Implementation Plan, to solicit feedback from DPs on possible areas of support as well as to agree on the sectoral coordination structure moving forward.Coordinating DPs is one of the mechanisms for implementing the Principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, to which Namibia became a signatory in 2007. It aims at advancing the effectiveness of development efforts by all actors to deliver results that are long-lasting and contribute to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whilst keeping the guiding principles of country ownership, alignment to national development priorities, harmonization of development work at country level, management of results and assurance of mutual accountability, the coordinated development efforts in Namibia have moved away from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness.
Energy Ministry and CoW join solar panel launch at UN House
Windhoek, 26 July 2017:
The Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Kornelia Shilunga on behalf of the Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, officially launched the United Nations (UN) House solar panels on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 alongside the City of Windhoek (CoW) and the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia). The UN House, located in Klein Windhoek, is where UN Namibia offices are located.As Namibia receives a high amount of sunlight, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho emphasized that the UN’s move towards using solar energy is an opportunity to showcase best practice, in terms of the use of renewable energy in support of Namibian, and global efforts, to combat climate change.
World Humanitarian Day 2017: Civilians are #NotATarget
19 August 2017:
World Humanitarian Day (WHD), held every year on 19 August, pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rallies support for people affected by crises around the world.Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.
UN Day 2017: Youth encouraged to champion sustainable
Windhoek, 24 October 2017 – In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the UN System in Namibia (UN Namibia) hosted an exhibition for learners aimed at encouraging the youth to use their voices to bring about positive change in line with national, regional and international development agendas. The exhibition, held under the theme, “United with UN Namibia for sustainable development” took place on 24 October 2017 at the UN House in Klein Windhoek.Kicking off the exhibition, the UN Resident Coordinator to Namibia, Kiki Gbeho said that partnerships, not only with development partners, stakeholders and academia, but also with the youth, are crucial to eradicate poverty, save the planet and ensure prosperity for all.